“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” (Revelation 21:6)
As I read this scripture, it seems to have special significance to me. As you may recall, I’ve had the privilege of being in a remote village in Kenya when a well sponsored by Heart of God International Ministries was dedicated-a well that gave an entire tribal community access to clean water. The faces of the children seem permanently imprinted in my mind . . . the excitement they showed at tasting cold, clear, clean water for the first time. We can’t fathom it – most if not all of us have always had access to clean water running freely from the faucet! We never thought about having to walk miles to get water that was unfit for human consumption but still necessary for survival, knowing that if you give it to your children they will likely get sick.
But not only did we provide fresh, clean, clear, cold water to these precious children, we provided Living Water – the kind that flows from the Fountain of Life freely to all who would drink . . . young and old, man and woman, everyone. It does little good to offer life-sustaining water to someone who will, without the Living Water, spend his eternity separated from God. But, give someone the life-sustaining water and along with it offer him the Water of Life, he will gladly drink of the natural and spiritual water – freely.
When was the last time you truly “thirsted” for the Living Water? When were you so driven to “drink of the Fountain of the Water of Life”? When was the last time you felt the desperate need to study the Word, to spend time with the Fountain of Life, and to drink until you were satisfied?
Isn’t it time to pray that your heart would be stirred until you developed such a hunger and thirst for His Word, His Righteousness, and Fellowship with Him – a hunger and thirst that cannot be satisfied in any other way?
The people we met in Kenya knew there was no other way to satisfy their physical thirst than by drinking water. They prayed for water and when it came, they rejoiced. And, now they drink the water freely. If we can simply pray and ask for God to supply the need to satisfy us with Living Water, God will meet the need and bring satisfaction to our souls!
We’re good about praying and giving thanks for our food . . . let’s pray and give thanks for the hunger and thirst to satisfy the deepest longing in our soul – for the Water of Life which flows freely from the Fountain.
Father, I long to hunger and thirst after You with desperation! Fill me with the Living Water flowing from the Fountain! I pray that I would be satisfied with nothing less than my daily portion of Manna from Heaven and the Water of Life that sustains me and strengthens me. Lord, I pray that I would never be satisfied with anything less than that which comes from You! Stir my heart, Lord, an ignite a fire in me that burns with passion for Your Word, for relationship with You, for worship, for being a vessel You can flow through! Lord, prepare me to be all that You have called me to be and let me be satisfied with nothing less! In Jesus’ name, amen and amen!
© Jan Ross
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Note: If you are interested in sponsoring a well in Uganda, a team is being formed to oversee this project during the June 2010 Uganda Outreach. Even if you cannot go, you can pray and support this endeavor to provide clean, life-sustaining water in a village where there is no access to fresh water. Contact Denise Matthews, Executive Director HG-Uganda at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.