Praying with the Power of God’s Name.
The awesome female presence of God became an absolute lifesaver for me — many years ago, after a medical exam. I hadn’t been to see a doctor since our daughter was born, 11 years earlier. As a Christian Scientist, I turn to God as a first resort.
Since I’d met every health challenge successfully with scientific prayer, there had been no need for physicians. But because my husband wanted me to have a checkup, out of my love for him, I went to see a doctor.
The doctor found a number of lumps in my breasts. For the first time in my life, I underwent a mammogram and breast ultrasound. Choosing a spiritual perspective, I did not give any authority to such tests.
The medical view focuses on the body as material, perpetually subject to disease and decline. In this matter-mindset, it follows that we can be easily gripped by fear, expecting to find something wrong, which we’ll then have to fix.
Instead of living in that scenario, I chose to start at the top — at wholeness, at my true identity as spiritual, not material — as the perfect image and likeness of God.
A new student of Hebrew at the time, I had just recently learned about The Divine Name of El Shaddai. I decided to pray specifically to know myself as sufficient — as “she who is enough” — an exact reflection of The Nurturing One. If God’s cosmic breasts, so to speak, are flawless by definition, then, of course, I reasoned, so are mine.
The Feminine Power of God.
There are many different words used for “God” in the original Hebrew language of the Bible — most of which have sadly been lost in the English translation. One of these names, sometimes translated as “The Almighty” is El Shaddai, describing for us the wonderful female nature of God.
El Shaddai contains many nuances in meaning. The word El (אל) denotes ideas of “elevation,” “grandeur” and “greatness.” The word shad (שד) literally means “breast,” and therefore indicates a comforting Mother, our nurturer. The word dai (די) means “enough” or “sufficient.”