Thirsting for God

They say dehydration is the #1 cause of illness for Israel’s tourists. The temperature hovered around 110 degrees while we were there, so we understood the need for water.

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Long ago the psalmist wrote, “As the deer pants for flowing streams, so my soul pants for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).”

Hot, tired and thirsty souls earnestly desire communion with God through prayer.

Picture courtesy of artist Dr. John E. Weise.

 

The Sea of Galilee

We got into the boat and sailed across the Sea of Galilee.  There was no storm. The sea was calm.

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But we spoke of the great storm that made the disciples afraid. We remembered that Jesus rebuked the wind and the sea and there was a great calm (from Matthew 8:23-27).

I’ve always liked that story.  Jesus still calms any storm. Cry out to him. He hears.

What I learned about Prayer at Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall

When King Solomon dedicated the temple he prayed, “When a foreigner comes from a far country, for your name’s sake . . . and prays toward this house, hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you (1 Kings 8:41-43).”

People who know of Solomon’s prayer come from all over come to pray at the Wailing Wall; some tuck their prayers into the wall. God sees them. He hears.

IMG_9297  But as we left the Wailing Wall, I felt grateful that God answers prayers no matter where we are. You don’t have to travel to Jerusalem to pray.

God Still Provides for His People

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We were touring Israel together. One man used a cane to steady himself. After 2 days of walking on uneven and rocky terrain, his cane’s rubber bottom wore thin. Our guide suggested we look in tourist shops for something that might work until we got to Jerusalem, where we could get a new cane.

Our next stop was the ancient city of Bet She-An. As walked through the ruins, we came to what once had been stores. IMG_8117Empty of merchandise, with no shop keepers in sight, my husband noticed a rubber disc. It fit perfectly on the bottom of the cane. We used medical tape to hold it in place. It lasted until we arrived in Jerusalem.

God still provides for his people. That is why we pray.