Week Seven, Day Five
Adonay is a Hebrew word meaning "Lord," a name that implies relationship: God is Lord, and we are his servants. As a word referring to God it appears more than three hundred times in the Hebrew Scriptures. As you pray to Adonay, tell him you want to surrender every aspect of your life to him. Pray for the grace to become the kind of servant who is quick to do God's will. Remember, too, that the Lord is the only one who can empower you to fulfill his purpose for your life. In fact, it is in knowing him as your Lord that you will discover a true sense of purpose. The New Testament depicts Jesus as both Lord and Servant. In this latter role he exemplifies what our relationship to Adonay is to be.
You are my Lord; I have no good besides you. (Psalm 16:2 NASB)
PROMISES ASSOCIATED WITH GOD'S NAME
Unlike the unprincipled political or business leader who uses people up and then discards them, God never fails to sustain us. Knowing that the Lord we serve is also the Lord who loves us, we need not fear that he will take advantage of us or that he will ask us to do something we cannot possibly do. Realizing who the Lord is will enable us to stop worrying about who we are or what we lack so that we can abandon our lives to him, confident we can do whatever he asks through the grace he supplies.
Promises in Scripture
Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me. (Psalm 54:4)
One thing God has spoken,
two things have I heard:
that you, O God, are strong,
and that you, O Lord, are loving. (Psalm 62:11-12)
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)
Continued Prayer and Praise
Worship the Lord for his greatness. (Isaiah 6:1-8)
Ask the Lord's forgiveness for yourself and for God's people. (Daniel 9:17-19)
Thank the Lord for his love. (Psalm 136:3)
Pray for the grace to become a servant like Jesus. (Philippians 2:5-11)
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