A Prayer about the Freedom and Peace of Being Completely Known
“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” John 4:29
Dear Lord Jesus, I wish I could’ve been present to hear this liberated woman recount the tale of her collision with the gospel—her story of meeting you and coming alive to the transforming power of grace (John 4:1-42). Her errand for water from Jacob’s well got hijacked by your provision of another kind of water—the living water that, alone, can slake the deepest thirst of our souls.
You exposed her as a woman who lived a life of sequential affairs. Yet instead of ridiculing her, you redeemed her; instead of condemning her, you cherished her; instead of shaming her, you saved her. There is no friend of sinners, like you Lord Jesus. No one is as welcoming of the broken; understanding of the weak; or liberating of the enslaved.
En route to the nations, you brought the gospel of the kingdom to the dark continent of her heart. As she stood vulnerably in the public square of her Samaritan community, she’d never been so free. No more need to pose or pretend. I wonder if some of the six men with whom she’d been heard her proclaim, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
Nothing but the gospel can free us for being thoroughly known without fear. Lord Jesus, your love is unlike anything else we can experience in this life. In fact, your love is better than life itself. We adore and praise you this day as the Christ—the Messiah, our Lenten Lord, the heart-knower, our holy lover, our righteousness from God, our only hope of glory!
You know every vain, foolish, and evil thought we’ve ever conceived; every lustful, greedy fantasy in which we’ve engaged. Only you hear every grace-robbing, grandstanding, gossipy word we speak. Only you know the broken cisterns of our choices—our idols, the many things to which we turn to find life somewhere else than in you. Yet you pursue us, welcome us, and love us, and you are changing us.
What a wonderful, merciful Savior you are, Jesus. Life, temporal and eternal, can only be found in you. So very Amen we pray, in your transcendent and transforming name.