"The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?" But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled...
Then Moses cried out to the Lord, "What am I to do with these people?"
The LORD answered Moses, "Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock,and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel."
Isn't it amazing how forgetful we can become when we are thirsty? We, like the Israelites suffer from spiritual amnesia. God had already demonstrated to the Israelite people how he hears their prayers and responds powerfully. They had witnessed the plagues through which they gained release from the Egyptians, the parting of the red sea, and a pillar of fire to lead them through the desert. Still as soon as their tongues were dry they became afraid and began to grumble in fear.
Notice God's response to the Israelite cries. While Moses is disgusted with their grumbling, God hears their complaints as prayers and is eager to bless them. We learned last week that blessings are what God offers which is beyond what we could do for ourselves. God is eager to bless us, all we have to do is ask. God delights in surprising us with water from dry rocks.
This week, as you lift up your Wednesday prayers, consider the areas of your life that are dehydrated. Are you thirsty for water or food, the healing of a relationship, for a loved one to be emotionally or physically healed, for a spiritual breakthrough in your life or the life of someone you love? Rather than grumbling (though God hears those too) or cowering away in fear, lift up bold prayers to the Lord. As Jabez taught us last week, God is eager to respond in ways which bless you and reveal God's power.
Please pray this week:
Oh Lord that you would bless me and those who are in need of your divine intervention -
Those who are adjusting to new nursing home placements
Those who need a miracle for healing
Those recovering from injury, surgery, and health challenges
Those who are grieving
Oh Lord that you would enlarge my territory, and the territory of our church, that we can make a greater impact for you. Oh Lord that your hand would be upon me
Oh Lord that you would protect us from temptation.