“You are the God who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13) El Roi is Your name.
In Genesis, the angel of the Lord asks Hagar, “Where have you come from, and where are you going?” Didn’t the Lord ask a similar question to Adam and Eve? “Where are you?” Why does He ask when He already knows and He sees it all? (Genesis 16:8, 3:9)
The Lord ask questions to wake us up to His presence and omniscience and this prayer helps our souls to respond.
Lord, I praise You for You know the whole story. From beginning to end, You see it all. Give me the humility to admit my limitations. I don’t always see the past accurately, my vision of the present is often blurred, and I am blind when it comes to the future. Help me fasten my eyes on You, trusting in Your vision for my life and in Your watchful care.
Nothing is hidden from His sight, all is laid bare. (Hebrews 4:23) How does this make you feel? Afraid? Relieved? Hopeful? If we cling to this in the context that “He works everything together for good for those He’s called according to His purpose,” it can bring fresh living hope and His perfect love to cast out all fear. (Romans 8:28, 1 John 4:18) I need this, don’t you? Fresh hope, perfect love and peace. It can so often be “not good” in our circumstances, yet, in His goodness, He is able to stir up our souls to keep us going, to keep us believing that He holds us through it all. He can give us new vision. Praise His name. I need this kind of vision, don’t you?
WHERE ARE YOU?
Answer El Roi with me? Pray this prayer? Admit where you are. I’ve been scared. I’ve been shaken. It’s ok. Tell Him. Then ask Him to shake you up with His loving embrace and restore peace to your soul. He is able.
El Roi, be our vision. You know the whole story. You know where we are going.
Amen & Alleluia.
Prayer from: Praying the Names of God by: Ann Spangler