Prayer For Living Water (30 May)
Sing: Living Water
“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asked you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water….Everyone who drinks this water (well water) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Jn 4:13)
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (Jn 7:38)
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (Ps 23:1-2)
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-ending stream” (Amos 5:24)
“So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water our of this rock?” Then, Moses raised him arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank” (Numbers 20:9-11)
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
O Lord, You are the living water that we need to drink every day. Your living water gives us eternal life, the presence of Jesus Christ in us that assures us that we are redeemed creatures, cleansed from sin to enjoy fellowship with You. But some of us do not constantly, consistently and continually enjoy this fellowship. Our lives are dry and barren. This is why we need to drink Your living water daily.
Just as it is important physiologically that we drink a lot of water, preferably warm water, the first thing every morning to cleanse our system, it is even more important that spiritually, we drink Your living water as well. When we do this faithfully, we are revitalised, reinvigorated, re-energised to do Your work. We are clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit in us to do Your will, to bless others, to do the work for the day that You have given us to do. May Your living water, O Lord, fill us, in the freshness of the morning, as we pray to You, as we read Your Word, as we meditate on meaningful lyrics of songs and hymns; yes, Lord, even as we use this Prayer Guide.
For many of us, our lives have been turned topsy-turvy by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our hearts are unsettled by uncertainties going forward, our bodies fatigued by inactivity, our minds anxious because we do not know how our jobs will work out going forward. Calm us, dear Lord, even as you have promised in Psalm 23, that you will lead us beside still waters. Help us, O Lord, like Jehoshaphat in 2 Chron. 20: 6-12 to focus on Who You are; what You have done in this world and in our lives; what You have promised in Your Word to do; the purpose You have set out for us and even if we conclude, as Jehoshaphat’s prayer did, that “we do not know what to do”, yet we are very clear that “our eyes are upon You” (v12b). Just as our Lord Jesus Christ calmed the raging water in the Sea of Galilee years ago, we beseech You, dear God, to calm the raging water in our hearts and our lives even now. Help us to experience, once again, the peace of Christ amidst still waters and restoration of our soul.
Your living water purifies us to live lives worthy of Christ. In this, may we reflect righteousness in our lives, to act fairly and sincerely with everyone we interact with, including our colleagues, our domestic helper, service personnel such as taxi drivers and delivery/repair men and women, our neighbours, our condo management committee, the maintenance crew, etc. Please grant that we bear good testimony of Christ in our lives.
Finally, water is so precious. Countries are prepared to go to war if their water supply is threatened. Indeed, between different countries around the world, conflicts have arisen over shared borders that include water supply. This reminds us of the things that are precious to us which we should never take for granted. Not just water, but family relationships, time with children and grandchildren, our health, our testimony, and especially our walk with You. May we never be like Moses who missed out on entering the Promised Land in His time when he disobeyed God by striking instead of speaking gently to the rock to get water to flow out of it. The Israelites, then, needed water to survive. For us today, our need may not appear so dramatic, but it is there…we need God’s Living Water every day so as to live the full, abundant life that became ours the day each of us accepted Jesus Christ into our lives as our personal Saviour and Lord. Help us to remember that day, when the living water tasted so sweet. Help us to recall and reclaim that moment now. Amen!