maybe God doesn't answer prayer because we still haven't got his name right
"Wrong Name" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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I do remember going through a stage of wondering if I wasn't pronouncing God's name right, or if I even had his name right in the first place. Was it YHWH or Yahweh or Jehovah or... too holy to pronounce so we say, "Blessed be his name"?
Then studying the original languages and realizing that Jesus probably wouldn't respond to "Geez-us" because it would have been pronounced "Yay-zus" or even "Yeshua" or something.
Then I remembered the demons who attacked people pretending to be like Jesus or Paul. But they just used the name as a magic potion so they were punished for it. You weren't allowed to use the name for your own purposes I guess. You weren't allowed to use it to help yourself.
Or Jesus telling people on the last day they never knew him even though they knew his name.¬†So it didn't even matter if you knew the right name and even knew how to pronounce it. You had to be in the inner circle too. It didn't count that you knew him. He had to know you!
Then talking with other people of other religions describing their god and I would be thinking, "Geez, sounds an awful lot like my god!"
Man, I was confused.
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