By Doug Bell : “Elvis Banners” my childhood, & how I learned to pray the names of God

doug in sunday schoolI can remember many things about the church I grew up in as a boy. The smell of old books, the sound of the older people talking, learning from a felt board about Bible stories and so on. Of course there were many times, as a young child, I didn’t get what all was going on around me; so I remember laying over in my Moma’s lap where she would rub my arms while the preacher preached. She didn’t realize it but I was busy, very busy. For example one Sunday I might count the lights, or the stained pine planks that made up our sanctuary’s ceiling. Very busy, very important things were going on there as I fought sleep.

Something else that remains crisp in my memory were the banners that hung around the sanctuary that listed the names of God. They were white fabric with big blue letters outlined in shiny blue sequins. This could have caught my eye due to me being a HUGE Elvis fan. Who can forget the Vegas years and the jump suits? Nevertheless, I learned the names of God and what those names meant by counting and staring at these banners. Now, hear me out. There is but ONE God. He has many names and those names describe His character.

Many years later I learned to include these names in my prayer life, much like Jesus did. “Hallowed be thy name” Jesus taught the disciples to pray in this manner. I want to share this with you, so that you too might include worshiping the names of God in your prayer lives. Below is a list of 8 names of God, there meaning and there benefit.

For example: When you pray you might take the first name “Jehovah Tsidkenu” and say something like this… “Lord, thank you for being my righteousness, it is because of you that I am forgiven of all sin and that sin does not keep me from loving and being loved by you.” Amen.

Try this out as you open up your prayer life to becoming an exciting time rather than a responsibility of discipline. The Bible suggests this, “The name of the Lord is like a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10. Give it a try now and make this a part of your everyday prayer life. Enjoy!


Worship the name of God, corresponding with the benefits in the new covenant, and make your faith declarations:

Jehovah Tsidkenu – Meaning: Our Righteousness – Benefit: I am forgiven of all sin.
Jehovah M’Kaddesh – Meaning: Our Sanctifier – Benefit: I am set apart for ministry.
Jehovah Rapha – Meaning: Our Healer – Benefit: I have health and healing.
Jehovah Nissi – Meaning: Our Banner of Victory – Benefit: I am secure and victorious.
Jehovah Raah – Meaning: Our Shepherd – Benefit: I am led by the Holy Spirit
Jehovah Shalom – Meaning: Our Peace – Benefit: I have peace and sanctuary.
Jehovah Shammah – Meaning: The Lord is There – Benefit: I have God’s presence and power.
Jehovah Jireh – Meaning: Our Provider – Benefit: I have success and provision

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