Human beings need water to live. We are capable of living only three to four days without it. Our bodies tell us when we need water, so drinking is natural. Because of this, we do not consider drinking to be a burdensome, inconvenient activity. Rather, it is a life-giving activity. Just as our physical bodies need water, our spiritual selves need communion with God for survival; and prayer is the means by which we receive that life giving communion. The problem is that the Fall has left us dull to our need for God in prayer. We do not naturally thirst for him in the way our bodies thirst, so prayer can seem like a drudgery or an obligation; but we need communion with God even more than we need water. That is why prayer is often associated with life-giving water. When Jesus spoke to the woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria, he told her that the water he could give her would become in her “a spring of water welling up to eternal life,” that would forever satisfy her soul (John 4:13-14). Similarly, in John’s vision of the Heavenly City, he saw “the river of the water of life” flowing from the throne of God through the middle of the city (Revelation 22:1-2) and Jesus promised, “If anyone is thirsty I will give from the spring off the water of life without payment” (Revelation 21:6). That living water, the communion with God upon which our souls so desperately depend, is always available to us in prayer. Scripture tells u that Abraham’s son, Isaac, made his dwelling at “Beer-lahai-roi,” which means “the well of the Living One who sees me” (Genesis 25:11). May we, like Isaac, learn to draw our life from the well of living water that the living God has provided for us. May we not look on prayer as an inconvenience, or a drudgery, or a religious observance, or even as a means to ask God for what we want, but as the source of living water that brings life to our souls.
Areas for Prayer
- For the family of George Floyd, who lost his life during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th.
- That our nation would truly be a place where there is liberty and justice for all.
- For peace and order to be restored in the cities where violent protests have erupted.
- For protection for the first responders, whose job it is to maintain order and ensure a safe environment for peaceful protests to be conducted.
- For the ability to see the complex issues of political and racial division with the eyes of Christ.
- For strength for God’s people, that we would be empowered by the Holy Spirit to conduct ourselves in a godly way, both in what we do and in what we say, in these turbulent times
- For those who continue to suffer, physically, emotionally and economically from the covid-19 pandemic.
- Our prayer focus for June is civil government
- The Missionary family we’re praying for this week is Kent and Suzanne Hirschelman, serving with the Seed Company, a partner of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
- The congregation we’re praying for this week is Marimont Community Church in Pontiac.
Passages for Reflection and Meditation
Deuteronomy 16:18-20 1 Kings 19:9-18 Psalm 37
Isaiah 42:1-9 Micah 6:8 Matthew 5:2-16
Luke 4:16-21 Philippians 1:3-11