“Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you had known the gift of God and who it is saying to you,
‘Give Me to drink,’ you would have asked Him,
and He would have given to you living water”
It is as we come to know Him that prayer rises for the “living waters” of Christ. He becomes the cry and the desire of our heart. He does not measure out this gift of living water; it flows from the abundance of His heart. Our partaking, our seeking and our asking will be in proportion to us knowing who He is. He is ever pouring out yet never running dry. His grace and mercy are as endless as the love from which they spring. The greater our thirst the deeper are the waters of His Supply.
“…thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore, do the virgins love thee”
Song of songs 1:3
He meets the woman at the well and in seven bits of conversation goes from a complete stranger to the revelation of Him as the Christ. While she attempts to drag Him into irrelevant religious discussions; Jesus cuts through the chitchat of men’s doctrines and brings her to the seeing of God’s Heart. Instead he addresses her real need and invites her to drink of the living water. The great test of His continued ministration to her came when He asked her to go get her husband. It is at that moment she stood on the precipice of truth. For He is ever looking for truth with which He can work with. It is the honest heart that draws from Him the waters and ministrations of life. She could have stayed within the confines of the hypocrite or she could venture into the land of truth where vulnerability and honesty lay. She chose the path of honesty and discovered this man to be nothing less than the Christ Himself.
It is as we uncover ourselves and open our hearts in full disclosure that we find a grace and a comfort beyond our comprehension. Honesty with men and with God will propel the true in heart into all that He is.
Pretense and keeping up appearances will cloud our seeing of Him. It will rob us of our secret time of prayer and communion with Him leaving us unchanged, fettered with the bonds of self-deception.
Christ calls out to the downtrodden, the burdened, and the faltering.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest”
His invitation goes out to all who are weary of themselves, circumstances and the strife in the world around us. Come with an honest and open heart. Come and find in Him the power for transformation and change. Come to Him as you are to discover Him as He is. Let the opinions of men fade, be free from seeking approval of others and discover the joy of His Life becoming yours. The portals of prayer are open to the honest of heart, who live what they pray and through prayer find the ability to live. How good, gracious and true He is to the pure in heart.
Effectual Prayers Part One – Incense
Effectual Prayers Part Two – Love
Effectual Prayers Part Three – Righteousness
Effectual Prayers Part Four – Humility and Repentance
Effectual Prayers Part Five – Wisdom
Effectual Prayers Part Six – Asking Largely
Effectual Prayers – Part Seven – Elisha and Jericho
Effectual Prayers – Part Eight – Ruth and Boaz
Effectual Prayers – Part Nine – Discipleship
Effectual Prayers – Part Ten – Knowing Jesus
Effectual Prayers – Part Eleven – The Fragrance of Prayer