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Lord God, a new year has started and I ask that during this year that lies ahead you will guide me and fill me anew with a deep sense of my dependence on the grace of Jesus Christ. Help me to be mature, not to be upset by trifles, and not to be taken in by fools. Help me to balance work and leisure, family and worship. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I pray for those for whom these past few weeks have been a traumatic time. Some have had families breaking up, some have lost loved ones, some have had news of dread disease confirmed. Lord, be especially close to them as they try to rebuild their shattered lives. Give them comfort, strength and hope. I ask in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I thank you for those wise men who trekked long miles to visit Jesus at his birth. Help all Christians, as they worship today, to remember that they too have a journey to make because of Christ. Help them to celebrate the revealing of your love to people who were foreigners, and make us all one body in Christ. In his name I ask it. AMEN
“The Lord says, ‘Come everyone who is thirsty – here is water’!”
Isa 55:1 GNB
There are certain fundamental processes of life that are significant in themselves and also symbolic of other things. Breathing is one. Eating and drinking are others. So are walking and running.
The prophet Isaiah continued his graphic picture of what life under God would be like when the Israelites were restored to their homeland and city. It is an ideal and imaginary picture – a picture of life under God’s rule and of life filled with God’s mercy and bounty. There are few things worse than thirst – real, searing thirst. Whilst in Babylon the exiles would not have known physical thirst. Two of the great rivers of the Middle East, the Tigris and the Euphrates, ran through the country and watered the desert round about. But they certainly experienced spiritual thirst. They were cut off from the great temple of Solomon in Jerusalem – it had been destroyed. They were starved of worship opportunities. And the stultified spirituality they now knew was a symptom of the inner sickness that was part of their lot. And they thirsted for God. In this desperate thirst, God promised them life-giving water, the same sort of water Jesus offered the woman at the well in John 4. The future they would know when they got back to Jerusalem would be rich and full and free. He would quench their deep inner thirst. He would give them health and life and peace. This is all a detail in that larger picture of, and hope for, peace. Peace in the sense of wholeness and wholesomeness, richness and completeness that God yearns for his people to have and seeks to give them.
Lord, fill me with your living water till I overflow with your life.
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