At the beginning of this month, I came to the realization that I didn't know the different names of God. I knew some and what they meant; however, I knew that He had more names and I didn't know their meanings. At that moment, I spoke with Him and said: "Lord, I want to know your different names." In a way, it seemed as if I was repeating Peter's words when he was in the mount of transfiguration, for what I was thinking was "it is profitable for me to be here...it is profitable for me to know Your names." Then the Holy Spirit revealed to me that head-knowledge was not what I should ask for, so I spoke to the Lord again and said to Him what the Spirit had put in my heart: "Lord, I don't want to know your different names, I want to know You BY Your different names. I want to experience each of these names." Be careful what you pray for in faith, because the Lord answers prayer.....
I didn't understand the deepness of the Love of God to believe that He would answer this prayer so quickly. Immediately, after I spoke to Him these words, the worship team of a retreat in which I was taught me a song about His different names. I was in awe of who He is; I thanked the Lord for answering my prayer. But oh, girl of little faith! I believed that had been it; I did not believe the Lord would answer this prayer thoroughly.
Days after that prayer, I continued to walk as I had been walking before. BUT He had better plans. You see, He couldn't let me continue walking with wounds that had not healed - some were and are still bleeding. It was and is a difficult place in which to be, to acknowledge painful wounds, but He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord Who Heals. I came to experience Him and know Him as, not the Healer, but My Healer. He continues to heal me.
I continued walking with Jehovah Rapha, Him healing my soul; me feeling the pain that accompanies wounds that are healing; and believing that, although He was healing me, I was invisible. BUT He could not let me continue walking without telling me that He sees me. He then revealed Himself to me as El Roi, the God who sees. Not only was He tending my soul and wounds, He actually sees me, I exist in Him, and I am not invisible to Him. Like Hagar, I came to experience Him as the One who sees me.
I have continued in this walk, and He has chosen to reveal Himself to me next as El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One. I continue to know Him as El Shaddai and am processing this encounter. A part 2 to this post will come in the future because the Lord is answering my prayer thoroughly.
I pray this encourages you or pushes you to ask Him to reveal Himself to you in each of His attributes - He will answer the prayer, He is answering mine.