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Thought for the week

Well, on the journey journal front this week, I’m in Montana after a lovely week cuddling granddaughters in Alaska.

The Montana area is lovely with snow, but it is not staying just in the mountains. It is all over the roads, and driving in 15-25cm of snow on snowpack is interesting to say the least.

As I have been speaking in various churches, I have been preaching on prayer from Ephesians 6:18 which says: “Praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching therefore with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

This truth tells us that we need to pray for each other, and I was glad on the snowy roads that I knew there were people praying for my safety in my journeys about the States. I was able to do a fair bit of praying as I was sliding about for several hours on the road.

I love the idea of prayer, but find too often that we have to be in a place of desperation before we do it well. But we should be doing it ‘always’ and with ‘perseverance’. But there is something about that place of need that can drive us to our knees before God.

In John 4, there is a story about a lady who had some trouble in life and then Jesus showed up to present to her living water, meaning Himself.

As Jesus revealed Himself to her, she became convinced that worship was to be in spirit and truth rather just going through the motions of looking religious. It wasn’t about the place of worship, but rather the person of worship. So here was a troubled lady who was thirsty for something, but she had no idea how to quench that spiritual thirst, so Jesus offered her a stream of living water in her dry place.

So we have to ask how do we pray? Even the 12 disciples asked that question, and Jesus gave them a pattern which we call the “Lord’s Prayer”. We also have times and patterns that can help us. One such for us in Brechin is the World Day of Prayer. The Brechin World Day of Prayer event this year is Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Gardner Memorial Church. This event is open to everyone and should be a good time as it has been in past years. This is a time to pray as a community for people all around the world and at home. This year has been written by Christian ladies from Egypt and the theme is ‘Streams in the Desert.’

Water, which we know to be essential for life, is wrapped up in Jesus’ encounter with the woman from John 4 as he asks her for water and she questions this request and then tries to change the subject away from her own personal need to questioning religious choices to which Jesus again points her to who he is as the source of living water, a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

So as you come, seek to know this offer of ‘living water’ and also share it with others so they too can know about the journey from desert to a place of life and strength in difficult times of life.

 

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