Theme: Worship the LORD in the morning, noon and evening.
Devotional Basis: John 4, John 15:26, John 14:17, John 16:13; John 4:23-24
Memory Verse: John 4:24- “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Worship Song: Morning, Noon & Evening by GShenica
Morning Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer
Ministry Perspective: John 4
The Message: Expecting The Savior
Morning Journal Focus: Who is the Spirit of Truth?
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. Luke 15:16
Let us continue in prayer with thanksgiving (Colossians 4) as we worship the King.
A Prayer For You
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7
After this manner, therefore pray ye (Matthew 6:9a):
9 … Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (Matthew 6:9b-14)
Thank you Jesus! Selah
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
The Disciples Return and Marvel
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
Many Samaritans Believe
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
Jesus Heals the Official’s Son
43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. 44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. 45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. 48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. 49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. 50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 52 Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. 54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
Expecting The Savior
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things (John 4: 25)
The woman at the well in today’s reading asked, “How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9). In her society, Jews would cross to other side of the street to avoid walking next to Samaritans.
Jesus was not troubled with the woman’s status. However, he understood her question perfectly. Jesus let the Samaritan woman know that if she truly knew to whom she was speaking, she would be asking Him for the water of life (John 4:10).
The Samaritan woman did not yet understand the manner of “water” that Jesus was offering. She asked Him where His drawing bucket was; and if he was greater than Jacob who gave the natural well for His people. Jesus was of course greater than Jacob, but he did not mock her. He explained, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).
The woman was intrigued. She certainly wanted that water; but she still did not quite understand it’s source and implication. Jesus asked her a question. Her truthful answer opened a door to revelation. She said, “… Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet” (John 1:19). She was getting closer to the full truth. Jesus was patient. She was able to ask a question and then state her belief, that “…the Messias cometh, which is called Christ” (John 4:25). Jesus let her know that He was the Messiah.
Luke 11:9 says, “…seek and ye shall find.” The Samaritan woman was not physically looking for Jesus that day. Yet, her heart had an expectation that He, the Messiah, was coming. In that way, she was seeking Him. Jesus revealed Himself to her. He took time to increase her faith and understanding, not disregarding her for their differences; and she became a witness. Many people believed because of her testimony.
Looking for the intangible Savior means expecting to encounter His presence at any given time; watching and observing all things so that you will be ready when He reveals Himself.
OUTREACH / REFLECTION
Today’s Outreach / Reflection topic is Pray without ceasing. To help you remember it, think of “pr2” (great for mathematicians) or pray, repeat, squared. Praying morning, noon, and evening is a good and powerful habit. According to James 5:16, the prayer that “avails” (is advantageous, beneficial, and constructive (fruitful, productive and positive)) is both effectual (powerful, able) and fervent (devoted, eager, enthusiastic, passionate, zealous).
If we hope to receive anything from God, we must 1) believe (Matthew 21:) that He hears us; 2) believe that He is able to do what we ask (Matthew 9:28); 3) do His commandments; and 4) do those things that are pleasing in his sight (1 John 3:22). These are the 2 x 2 (or squared (2)) points that make up “pr2.” Repeat is a reminder that your prayers are to continue day and night. There are 2 beliefs and 2 things to do. You can use this as a conversation starter. You could wear a shirt that says, “I pr2. Do you?”
You might get a gamut of guesses before you tell someone what “pr2” stands for: that could be the icebreaker that leads to your testimony of conversion, and another soul won for Christ. It could happen. The next time you hear someone say, “Do something constructive,” let it be a reminder to pray squared and repeat.
Theme: A clean heart and a right spirit.
Devotional Basis: Psalm 51
Memory Verse: Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Worship Song: Give Me A Clean Heart
Evening Prayer: A prayer of David. Psalm 51.
The Bible is full of prayers. You can search for prayers that speak of your situations. You pray the words that express your soul to God. If something in the reading does not apply to you (perhaps the prayer apologizes for something you did not do – you do not have to say that part. Find the pieces that you need. They are all in the book. If you cannot find them, you can always pray the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9b-14). The Holy Spirit also makes intercession for us to God.
We read in Daniel 6:10 that the Prophet Daniel prayed three times a day from his upstairs room, facing East toward Jerusalem.
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