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Thursday, July 06, 2017

I Kings 17:8-16 Thought/Prayer: The Bible’s Beautiful Waters: In a Vessel. Topics: 2@ end

The Widow of Zarephath
The word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks: and he called to her, and said, “Please get me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” As she was going to get it, he called to her, and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” She said, “As Yahweh your God lives, I don’t have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar. Behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go and do as you have said; but make me of it a little cake first, and bring it out to me, and afterward make some for you and for your son. For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of meal shall not empty, neither shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.’” She went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, ate [many] days. The jar of meal didn’t empty, neither did the jar of oil fail, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by Elijah.” (WBT)  Read this scripture and more at

The drink of water requested here is simply a small conduit for the greater meaning of this happening.  The prophet Elijah asks for a drink (and then a bite of bread), and he ends up providing a poor widow woman with a never-empty jar of meal and a never-empty jar of oil, until a certain time.  Now, the woman was able to easily provide him with a drink.  It was the request for a morsel of bread that caused everything to come together for her.  She didn’t have any bread, nor did she have meal or oil to spare, only enough for a cake for herself and her son.

What if Elijah had not asked for a drink?  And for bread?  But he did, and we have the makings of a miracle.

Interestingly, water being the first initiator of this event, it is water that finishes it out.  Rain. 

Elijah had to ask for that drink because a drought had dried up the brook God had provided for him.  Surely the drought had to do something with the widow’s predicament.  But after the miracle of the abundance of meal and oil, the supply ends . . . when the rain came, according to Elijah’s words and knowledge from God.  Water, again.

Maybe, as we serve others in the name of Jesus Christ, they may ask for something, even symbolically, as small as a “little water in a vessel.”  And, in right-to-live work, we may not realize that we have been asked because the person needing a drink is unknown to us . . . but they may ask someone we do know, who may pray for them and ask us to pray . . . and then God’s doors are opened to provide not only a drink but much more.

Could it not be that, outside an abortuary, a young woman is thirsty for a drink but is unaware?  The drink she longs for is the living water from Jesus Christ, but she is unaware.  Those who are praying outside are praying for the Lord Jesus to provide her with a drink of His water.  All of us who pray for LIFE issues are also praying for her thirst to be quenched.  And when it is, the risk of her aborting her baby is so much greatly reduced.  Hopefully, 100% reduced, and the baby lives.

Thank You, Lord, for the results of asking for a simple drink of water.  Help us to pray, and those who need a drink, can be satisfied. 

Topics:  Pray for others who are thirsty, but don’t know it.  Ask God to bless them because He knows them, He knows all.  He knows their thirst.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 07/06 at 03:07 PM
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