Like a Thirsty Land


     Because of their latitude, there are some places in this world which only have two seasons—dry and rainy.  In Africa, for example, the winter months of July, August, and September have no rain.  Wells dry up.  Rivers evaporate and disappear.  Dust is king.  The rainy season usually begins in late October or early November, and the initial precipitation is hungrily consumed by the parched and thirsty earth.

     Importunity—an overwhelming sense of desperation, need, and urgency which eliminates meaningless utterances and compels straight talk with God—is the wellspring of prayer (Luke 11:8 KJV).  When your soul feels like a thirsty land, pray.

     Pour out your heart to God like David did: “Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails!  Do not hide Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit.  Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.  Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; in You I take shelter.  Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good.  Lead me in the land of uprightness.  Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!  For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.  In Your mercy cut off my enemies and destroy all those who afflict my soul; for I am Your servant” (Psalm 143:7-12).

     Does your soul long for God like a thirsty land? (Psalm 143:6). 

     If your prayers were used as the basis by which that question was answered, what would they reveal?

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