“Oh what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible is it for us to understand his decisions and his methods.” Romans 1:33
At a recent Wednesday night church service we had an anointing with oil and laying on of hands. During the time of prayer, anyone could come forward with special prayer requests for themselves or someone else.
Several came with special requests for God’s help. Eight to ten of us then placed our hands on these people. Pastor then crossed their forehead with blessed oil. In prayer, Pastor Park spoke to the Father Almighty, asking his healing power to invade these people, and bring peace, comfort and healing, if it be his will. Anyone from the “hands on group” could add what was in their hearts.
It is my special joy to tell especially about our own Debi Hallas who is a loyal member of the Monday night prayer group.
The first prayer meeting after the oil anointing service she told me that after asking God to ease the pain and aching in her knees, shoulders, back and arms that the morning after the service her knees no longer hurt. Praise God! The other areas of her body still hurt, but not her knees which had been specifically pointed out during the prayer. Praise God again!
There will be another healing service on Wednesday, August 13 and I pray that you will join us to see “God at Work” for yourself.
I’m sure there are some who are thinking, “I pray all the time and God never answers my prayers.” Over the years the prayer group has seen many times that God does answer prayer.
I personally can attest to being anointed with hands on prayer. After breast cancer surgery, I have been cancer free for 10 years. I had no chemotherapy or radiation. To this day, I still thank God for his healing power and all those wonderful, praying people who prayed for me around the world.
In my dining room, where I spend a lot of time, I have a poster that says, “I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly.” Ephesians 1:16.
Please experience “God at Work” by joining us Mondays at 6:30pm in the God filled prayer chapel. You will be prayerfully fulfilled!
Be anointed in God,
Carol Anderson & Your Prayer Team
“We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your mighty miracles.” Psalm 75:1
“Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.’ ‘But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,’ she said, ‘and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?’” (John 4:10-11 NLT)
The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 is one of the signature passages in John’s gospel. Jesus has an extended conversation with a woman about living water. This woman has a number of problems.
To start with, she’s from “the wrong side of the tracks.” A good Jew like Jesus wasn’t supposed to talk to a Samaritan woman.
The woman is also unlucky in love – she’s been with a number of men and is currently sleeping with someone else’s husband.
We know the woman is a social outcast because she has come to the village well alone and at midday to draw water. Typically the town’s women would come to the well together, usually in the cool of the morning, to draw water and to visit and socialize.
Finally, there’s the practical problem of drawing water from a deep, deep well. It’s hard work. She has to draw and carry enough water for the day to drink, to cook, to wash with, and to care for the animals and other people in her household.
She’s got problems. So she is understandably confused when Jesus first asks her for a drink of water, and then offers her a drink of “living water.” Who is this weirdo by the well, she wonders? What could he know about her problems? How could he help? The woman is skeptical: “But sir, you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep.”
I can sympathize with the Samaritan woman. I bet you can too. Life is full of real problems, real struggles. We need help, but sometimes it is hard to see how Jesus could possibly help us: We are broke, but Jesus doesn’t have any money. We are hurting, but Jesus doesn’t have any band-aids. We are confused, but Jesus doesn’t have any advice. We are hungry, but Jesus has no food. We are thirsty, but Jesus doesn’t have a bucket.
We have serious problems. The well is very deep. We need practical help. Jesus has no bucket. How can Jesus possibly help us?
This is what skeptics and opponents of Christ say about our faith – that it isn’t practical. They deride Christianity as “pie in the sky by-and-by.” Christians are “so heavenly minded we are no earthly good.”
But we know better, don’t we? Jesus promises that God knows and cares about our basic needs – food and clothing and shelter (Matthew 6:25ff). We might not have riches and abundant feasts… but somehow we have “enough” for the day, each day.
Sometimes God provides through our community. Christians care and share – whether it is a casserole delivered to someone who is sick, or food provided through the food pantry, or a special gift through the church community. The well might be deep, but God surrounds us with folks who have buckets.
Other times God provides through a little miracle: we find $10 in our coat pocket, or get an unexpected bonus at work, or a gift from a friend. Healing comes despite the prediction of the doctors. We get a call from a forgotten friend just when we need a boost.
Our spiritual needs are just as profound as our physical needs. Prayer connects us with God and each other. Christ fills that hungry gap deep in our souls, providing the bread of life and living water.
Perhaps our greatest thirst is knowing what comes after death. We all have a “bucket list” of things we want to accomplish before we die. But the greatest accomplishment of our life and faith is what happens after we die – eternal life, the great heavenly feast, rejoicing with Christ and with those we’ve loved forever. Living water indeed, no buckets required.
Grace and peace,