We are in a season of prayer with a blank canvas before us. As we paint on this canvas with our prayers, Waterford becomes a masterpiece! On this canvas I see wells. I see family wells and church wells scattered throughout the township. These are places where people can come and meet Jesus. Like the woman at the well in John 4, it doesn't matter where they are from, their race or sex, or their past sins, they can come to the well and meet Jesus. This is a place where they recognize Him as the Messiah. They receive a drink from Him that changes their heart, their lives and their city.
These wells are places where true worship is defined. They are not mirages in the dessert which offer false hope, but these are deep wells--wells of truth--that bring true refreshing. These wells where Jesus is revealed as the Messiah and Savior, are places where worship is birthed, and He receives our drink from the well as we worship Him.
Jesus cried out in John 7, "if anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink." What He has to offer us is rivers of living water that will flow from our innermost being--the Spirit of God Himself--who is given to all who believe in Jesus. It doesn't matter who we are or where we came from, we all need water. We may differ in a lot of ways, but we all need water. We all need Jesus and the Spirit of God so these rivers may flow from us. Not only do they give life and refreshment to us, but to others around us as well.
May we all be as trees planted by the streams of water so we may yield fruit in proper season and not wither, but prosper in what we do. Psalms 1. May we teach our children to do the same and not neglect them or push them aside when we seek the Lord and study His ways. May we learn to put our roots down deep and draw from Him the refreshing water that we need.
When praying for Waterford, it's not just the geography of the land we pray for, but the people. I pray that all the people come to the wells and receive the truth of who Jesus is and worship Him. I pray that they receive drink from Him, and believe in Him, so the rivers of living water flow from their innermost being. I pray that these Spirit-filled people rise up in worship and prayer and paint on the canvas to contribute to the masterpiece. May Waterford truly become a piece of the Master's art--the Master's piece.
Re-prayer July 2012 articles