Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? John 4:9,11
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to do the work of the day. We must be busy, and not waste time; it will be time to rest when our day is done, for it is but a day. The approach of death should quicken us to improve all our opportunities of doing and getting good.
Give it to me, saith she, not that I may have everlasting life, which Yeshua proposed, but that I come not hither to draw. The carnal mind is very ingenious in shifting off convictions and keeping them from fastening. But how closely our Lord Yeshua brings home the conviction to her conscience! He severely reproved her present state of life. The woman acknowledged Yeshua to be a prophet. The power of his word in searching the heart, and convincing the conscience of secret things, is a proof of Divine authority.
It should cool our contests, to think that the things we are striving about are passing away. The object of worship will continue still the same, God, as a Father, but an end shall be put to all differences about the place of worship. Reason teaches us to consult decency and convenience in the places of our worship. Still, religion gives no preference to one place above another, in respect of holiness and approval with God.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father hear our petition which we place before your throne! We humbly ask for your wisdom, meekness, humility, patience, understanding, strength discernment and courage to fill us as we are being prepared for the Heavenly Gifts you choose to bestow upon us. We ask this in all humility and meekness in your name, Yeshua. Bring upon us Father your words as promised in times of need to remove the spirit of fear from our minds, fill our minds with your knowledge as you did Yeshua in his time of need. We humbly in reverence for your greatness, Father petition for your kindness to be upon us. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Yeshua asked a woman for water. She was surprised because he did not show the anger of his own nation against the Samaritans. Moderate men of all sides are men wondered at. Yeshua took the occasion to teach her Divine things: he converted this woman, by showing her ignorance and sinfulness, and her need of a Saviour.
By this living water is meant the Spirit. Under this comparison, the blessing of the Messiah had been promised in the Old Testament. The graces of the Spirit and his comforts satisfy the thirsting soul, that knows its own nature and necessity. What Yeshua spoke figuratively, she took literally. Yeshua shows that the water of Jacob’s well yielded a very short satisfaction. Of whatever waters of comfort we drink, we shall thirst again. But whoever partakes of the Spirit of grace, and the comforts of the gospel shall never want that which will abundantly satisfy his soul. Carnal hearts look no higher than carnal ends.
Prayer is one of the great laws of natural religion. That man is a brute, is a monster, that never prays, that never gives glory to his Maker, nor feels his favour, nor owns his dependence upon him. One great design, therefore, of Christianity is to assist us in prayer, to enforce the duty upon us, to instruct us in it, and encourage us to expect advantage by it.
Lord, teach us to pray, is itself a good prayer, and a very needful one, for it is a hard thing to pray well and it is Yeshua only that can teach us, by his word and Spirit, how to pray “Lord, teach me what it is to pray Lord, excite and quicken me to the duty Lord, direct me what to pray for Lord, give me praying graces, that I may serve God acceptably in prayer Lord, teach me to pray in proper words give me a mouth and wisdom in prayer, that I may speak as I ought teach me what I shall say.”
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Place before us, Heavenly Father, the tools to prepare the ground for the seeds we need to sow. Strengthen our purpose in doing your work, maintaining the soil that we may sow the seeds of love and compassion to those souls in need. Bring us the knowledge to know when to water and tend to those areas we have tilled and sown. Father, this we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
The Master’s assurance that prays The Master’s guarantee that prayer, if persisted in, would ever be heard and granted, and there is the all-important limitation that the thing prayed for must be something” good” in the eyes of the heavenly Father.
How many requests are made by us, poor, shortsighted, often selfish men, which, if granted, would be harmful rather than a blessing to the asker! Here the Lord, the Reader of hearts, having taken notice of some of the deep, earnest longings, perhaps scarcely crystallized into prayer, of his own disciples, or a John or a James pictures the case of one who deserves a particular deepening of the spiritual life and prays some prayer. Earlier, we learned the living water is the “Holy Spirit” who brings God’s wisdom and Love so it will grow in us, bringing everlasting Eternal peace and life. Yeshua says, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.“ John 4:14
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.” “Blessings to All.” “As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength.”