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20 February 2024


One of the projects that JKPS, our ministry partner in Kolkota, India, is seeking to undertake this year, is to dig two wells with hand pumps, bringing safe drinking water to two rural communities. The entire project will cost just over £4,000 and will be life changing for those who do not have this facility at present. If you would like to help us make this happen, allowing JKPS to bring not only physical transformation but to also bring spiritual transformation by sharing about the living water that Jesus brings, you can do so by donating - just click here.

A Lent devotional on Psalm 42:1-2

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?"

Did you know that the largest deer species was the now-extinct Giant or Irish deer, which is related to our fallow deer? It stood up to 7ft high at the shoulder, had antlers up to 11ft wide and lived across a huge area spanning from Ireland to Siberia. I can totally empathise with the deer in this scripture, especially if it was one as large as the Giant Irish.

Being dehydrated is not good, not only do we feel thirsty, but we can also become dizzy and lightheaded, making it difficult to function properly. Last year we undertook the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for WorldShare and had to carry all of our water for the duration. At times, all I wanted was to have a long drink to fully refresh myself but knew that I had to ration the amount I could drink and so my thirst was never fully quenched.

God created us in such a way that we need water, without it we die. The same is true about our need for Him, whether we acknowledge this or not. The question is, however, does my soul thirst for God in the same way that my body thirsts for water? When I am dehydrated, the best thing is water, but I will drink anything, usually tea. If I’m honest, although often my soul needs satisfying, I don’t always go straight to the source. Instead of meeting with God as David longs for, I may seek satisfaction in a range of other things, none of which will ever hit the spot and often, make my soul even drier, harder and more cracked, just like parched lips.

Through Jesus, we have direct access to Almighty God, who we get to call ‘Our Father’, so why wouldn’t we make full use of the privilege we have to have our eternal thirst quenched? Often, it’s because we take this freedom for granted, just as we do with our access to the abundance of H20 at our fingertips.

Your Lent 2024 Prayer Challenge:

The next time you next lift a glass of water to your mouth, take a moment to thank God that you can access clean water straight from the tap. Also, pause and determine that you will turn to Jesus first to be fully spiritually refreshed and not as a last resort. When you do, you’ll discover that you can function as a child of God in the best way possible.
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