Scripture: Isaiah 44:3-4
3 I will pour out water
upon thirsty ground
and streams upon dry land.
I will pour out my spirit
upon your descendants
and my blessing upon your offspring.
4 They will spring up
from among the reeds
like willows by flowing streams.
Common English Bible (Nashville, TN: Common English Bible, 2011), Is 44:3–4.
Several years ago I decided to take on running the Sugar Land Turkey Trot, a five mile race on Thanksgiving Day. There was only one problem. I had trained for the event with the understanding that it was a 5 kilometer race, not a five mile race. For someone who had only started running a few months earlier, this was a daunting difference.
Less than a mile in I was already struggling with what was coming and the fact that I wasn’t really prepared. By mile three I was exchausted. Then I saw the sign: Water station ahead.
I craved it. I needed it. The promise of water kept me moving. I remember being handed a tiny cup. I spilled half of it as I grabbed it from the volunteer as I stumbled through the water station. I think that little bit of water got me through he rest of the race.
Israel had been running her race. And like me, she was running on empty. She was parched. And Isaiah gives her this beautiful sign: Water station ahead!
But this water wouldn’t come in a tiny cup. It would be like flowing streams.
This water would come in the form of God’s Spirit being poured out. It would be in abundance and it would be for all.
We sing the worship song, Pour It Out. This is our cry for God’s Spirit to meet us in the midst of Spiritual Thirst. Scripture tells us that we simply have to ask and God freely gives.
As you begin this week, let me invite you to begin with this simple prayer:
“Pour it out.”
Find a comfortable place to sit. Listen to the worship song posted below. Maybe sit with your hands turned upward in your lap. This is a simple symbol of receiving what God has for you.
Allow his waves of mercy to flow over you.
Lord, I am spiritually thirsty.
I need your Holy Spirit.
Pour it out.
Prayer for the Week.
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ame