by Sal Huckel
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I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs (Isaiah 41:18).
We begin with a bleak, parched spiritual picture. Perhaps some of us are feeling this way spiritually right now? We have all the signs of looking as though we have come out of a diﬃcult time in our country; life almost looks normal but isn’t. Around the world, we see a raging pandemic, wars, political unrest. Have we been drinking enough life-giving water, coming to the well? Or are we focusing on the wasteland, our own troubles, and feeling as though there will be no end to it?
It’s time to refocus on our prayer lives, to pray for this restoration and renewal of our relationship with the Lord. Worldly troubles aside, we can receive this hope and restoration today.
Pray over this passage, and visualise your own spirit being renewed by the Holy Spirit, bearing fruit and bringing glory and honour to the Lord. Pray for renewal of your vigour for the Lord, the energy to plant and sow new fruit bringing life and hope to others. Let’s share our thirst-quenching hope with those around us who don’t know how to find their way to the oasis in the desert and need it more than ever. While our earthly troubles are here for now, we have the promise of much peace and hope for the parched soul.
Almighty God, some of us might be parched, searching for hope. Others of us are refreshed, our thirst quenched, ready to share the hope of restoration and renewal with others. Meet us where we are at, Lord, and may we see and know the works of your hand. Show me today, Lord, who I can encourage and help for them to be brought to a deeper knowledge of you and to find spiritual refreshment. In Jesus’ name, Amen.