Knowing God by Name

0 comments Posted on October 21, 2013

Ava Penningtonby Ava Pennington

Early in my Christian life, I heard a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. When my pastor reached, “Hallowed be Your name,” he detoured into a new series on the names of God.

That experience instilled in me a lifelong love for the names and attributes of God. It’s why I wrote Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.

The names of God don’t just reveal His nature and His ways. They also teach me about myself and they reveal the priority God places on relationships.

Learning how God describes Himself changed the way I relate to Him. Blind faith? Not at all. My faith stands on the very foundation of God’s character.

It also changed the way I pray. Instead of praying to an impersonal force out there in the universe, I’m praying to our very personal God. There’s a name or attribute of God that relates to every situation I experience. Am I dealing with a crisis? I come before El Elyon, the Most High God. Nothing is too big for Him to handle. Do I need direction? I call on God as my Guide. Is my heart broken? I run to my Comforter.

Understanding His names even altered the way I share the gospel. When others speak of who they think God is, I’m able to say, let’s look at who God says He is.

If you and I want an intimate relationship with the Lord, it makes sense to start with how He describes Himself!

What is your favorite name of God?

What name or attribute of God do you struggle to understand?

Daily Relfections Names of GodDaily Reflections on the Names of God

In the devotional Daily Reflections on the Names of God, Ava Pennington examines the biblical names of God through 366 daily readings and helps readers discover what those names mean for their own faith.

Readers will learn how a particular name of God provides insight into His character, how those attributes affect them individually, and how they should relate to others. Pennington examines each of God’s names and attributes for three days, applying these three perspectives to our lives.

One year from now, will you be able to say that you know God better than you did before? Revitalize your devotional life with an intimate journey through the names of God.

Look for Daily Reflections on the Names of God at your local Christian bookstore. The next 366 days will pass quickly—make each one count!

Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is endorsed by Precepts founder Kay Arthur. Ava also teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 180+ women. She is a passionate speaker and teacher, and delights in challenging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations. Connect with Ava through her website:, Facebook, or Twitter.


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