Started this year with 21 days of prayer, as I write this, today day 12 was posted (all can be found on either our Instagram or Facebook page. Creating 1 minute prayer meditations and distributing them on various platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Quora. Above is an example of 1 minute video based prayer meditation. It is day 10 of 21- Jesus is waiting for you. The most interesting response to this activity right now is happening on Quora. It is a secular site with international reach. I was introduced to it through working with Focus on the Family to reach people with messages of hope from God. (Please consider supporting Into the Waters' reach by praying for us and making a donation.)
Here are some of the questions I have answered since 1/4/19 that have had 3,140 readers. One question on sleep has had 981 views. People are indeed anxious and restless. You can learn a lot about what people are struggling with by noticing what they read. It's also opportunity to reach and share Christ for those not familiar with God or his promises.
Now for those more familiar with the bible and for a longer devotional and challenge, consider Jesus and his pursuit of the unsavory woman at the well. Take a look at the account in John 4:1-30, consider how the woman resisted him, calling him "Sir"; and how he challenged her back to reveal he was no ordinary man, He was promised Messiah.
John 4:6– Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
In this account, it was he and she alone together. He starts by asking her for a drink of water from the well. She rebuffs his request on the basis of expected prejudice from Jesus. He replies with a challenge that she has no idea who He is and the gift he has to offer if only she would ask.
She asks for the living water welling up to eternal life and then Jesus throws a curve ball. He asks her how many husbands she has had! How rude of Jesus!
He told her he knew that currently she had no husband, but previously had 5 husbands (and that the man she currently was with was not her husband, John 4:18). Quite a hard hitting truth for her to face from a complete stranger, and a Jew besides!
What was Jesus doing? He was at the well of her heart showing her it was empty. She was thirsty. He was offering her living water that would quench and deeply satisfy. She needed to be awakened to her need, so Jesus used some shock value by putting her on the spot. Do you expect shock value when you are with Jesus?
She didn’t seem to appreciate his prophetic revelation about her sexual indiscretions, and gave a saucy, argumentative reply starting with “you Jews...” She picked an argument with Jesus over where the true holy place of worship was. He challenged her back with a “you Samaritans” reply and told her that as a “Samaritan” she worshiped what she didn’t know, and that salvation was from the Jews, seemingly excluding her from salvation as a Samaritan. Again, how rude and heartless of Jesus!
She pressed argument further, letting Jesus know that she did in fact know that there was a promised Messiah who was coming, and that she would wait for him, because he would explain everything. In other words, “Enough from you prophetic man at the well, I will wait for the Messiah.”
Jesus uses this opportunity to tell her He was the promised Messiah; her wait was over if she believed. She didn’t leave his presence angry or defensive. Instead it appears she left his presence with joyful and hopeful expectation. She leaves her water jar, and rushes off to tell her whole community, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did, could this be the promised Messiah?!”
Yes, he was the Messiah coming for his sinful bride! He was offering to roll the stone away from the well within and rain down living water to satisfy her forever. That is what a Good Shepherd does, he rolls away the stone from the top of the well, so he can give his sheep living water from the well, Genesis 29:3. She just needed to ASK for the living water. It is the same with you, you must ask for him to satisfy your soul’s deep thirst.
Jesus is waiting at the well for you. He wants to be alone with you and satisfy your deep soul thirst by His Spirit. He may bring up difficult things, but if you stay there with him and let him reach in, He will cleanse, forgive, and fill afresh. He desires you to be set free from guilt and shame and argument through the Spirit and truth. He offers himself and wants you to ask and keep on asking for the living water he gives, Matthew 7:7.
In spirit and in truth, come to Jesus and ask for a drink of living water. What is dry? May the 1 minute meditation above help you ASK for living Water to satisfy the deepest places within. Ask for a greater awareness and flow from the eternal spirit of Christ. Sit in his presence and wait for the living water he promises.
Matthew 7:7 Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will [instead] give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will [instead] give him a snake? 11 If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.
Start 2019 positioning your soul in hope! Follow along in this 1 minute prayer inspired by Psalm 62:5-8. The background video comes from my visit to Glen Eyrie retreat center last year. Repeat the video to practice praying the scripture and to hide it in your heart. God is a refuge and fortress to all who call on Him! Note, follow me on Quora or follow the ministry on Facebook to pray through the 21 days of meditation. A Youtube channel is also being set up, link to follow soon.
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Hi my name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 25 year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and praying for His life in greater measure!