Journal Entry by John and Jann Rice
S – Scripture: John 4:19-26 (TPT)
The woman said, you must be a prophet! So tell me this: Why do our fathers worship God here on this nearby mountain, but your people teach that Jerusalem is the place to worship. Which is right? . Jesus responded, Believe me, dear woman, the time has come when you won’t worship the Father on a mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in your heart. Your people don’t really know the One they worship, we Jews worship out of our experience, for it’s from the Jews that salvation is made available. From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who will worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and Truth. The woman said, this is all so confusing, but I know that the Anointed One is coming --- the true Messiah. And when he comes, he will tell us everything we need to know. Jesus said to her, “you don’t have to wait any longer, the Anointed One is here speaking with you -- I am the One you’re looking for. “
O - Observation
Jesus makes it clear that following religious traditions for location of worship misses the mark. But rather the Father requires true worshipers to have a right heart to worship and adore Him in Spirit and Truth. The woman at the well knew that the Messiah would come, Jesus declares, you don’t have to wait, I am the One you’re looking for.
A - Application
Whatever our background, our Heavenly Father delights in His children coming before Him in genuine, honest, Spirit filled worship to Honour and Adore Him through the finished work of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit releasing us to be true Worshipers in Spirit and Truth.
P - Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father I thank you for Jesus, that you sent Him so we could become your children, and know how to respond to you, with genuine heart filled love and worship, thank you for placing us in a Church Family that has a heart for Worship that we will encourage the lost to find the joy of your Salvation. Amen.