Living Water (Proverbs 25:25) - Radical

Living Water (Proverbs 25:25)

Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
– Proverbs 25:25

What a great verse, especially as we think about how each day on this podcast, we pray for an unreached people group, an ethnic group in the world that has little to no access to the gospel. In other words, they’ve not heard the good news of Jesus and who He is, how much He loves them, and how He has made a way for them to be restored to relationship with God for eternal life. They’ve never even heard it. It’s not that somebody has told them that news and they’ve rejected it. It’s they’ve never even told.

Proverbs 25:25 reminds us of the need of the gospel around the world.

So as we think about these unreached people groups in the world, thousands of them, over 7,000 of them today, classified as unreached, listen to this Proverb 25:25, “Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” This is what we’re praying for. Every time we pray for unreached people, we’re praying that good news would spread from a far country like cold water to thirsty souls.

And just imagine being in a place where you’ve never heard the good news of who God is and how much God loves you, and how He has sent His son to die on the cross for your sins and risen from the dead, conquered death so that you can have eternal life and eternal hope, enjoy eternal love in relationship with God. Imagine never having heard that. And then you hear it, like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

So brothers and sisters, let’s pray for this. Let’s not let that ever become rote to us, to pray for unreached people and then to give, to get the good news from a far country to them, to get cold water to thirsty souls that need Jesus, and to live toward this end. In each of our lives, say, God, how can I play a part in spreading the good news, the gospel to every people group in the world?

Prayer for the Hbrogpa Amdo People

Oh God, we pray that you would help each of us to know the part, the unique and significant part you’re calling us to play in this. Starting with our praying, God, we pray today specifically for the Hbrogpa Amdo people. This Tibetan Buddhist people group, 750,000 of them totally unreached by the gospel. God, we pray for the Hbrogpa Amdo people. We intercede for them right now. May they receive good news from a far country. God, send someone to share the gospel with them, knowing it’s hard to get to the Hbrogpa Amdo people. There are so many different barriers.

God, we pray, break down those barriers, and cause the gospel to spread to them, we pray. And help us, God, to use our resources toward this end. Use our money to get the gospel to those who’ve never heard it. Our skills, the opportunities we have, God, help us to be sensitive to the opportunities we have right around us, to reach nations, unreached people groups that you have brought to our doorsteps, to our neighborhoods.

Proverbs 25:25 Encourages us to work for the spread of the gospel.

And God, we pray that you would help us individually and our families and our churches to work well together for the spread of good news to every corner of the Earth. For the spread of the gospel throughout the world, God, help us not to live our lives turning a deaf ear and a blind eye to unreached people in the world. God, help us to live, to get good news, cold water to thirsty souls all around the world.

Let me pray this in light of your Word in Proverbs 25:25, in Jesus’ name. And oh, even as I say in Jesus’ name, thank you, God, for the people who worked to get good news to us. God, help us to do the same for others, that they might know the name of Jesus, they might enjoy and pray, and experience communion with you in Jesus’ name. Amen. May it be so. Amen.

David Platt

David Platt serves as a pastor in metro Washington, D.C. He is the founder of Radical.

David received his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Don’t Hold Back, Radical, Follow MeCounter CultureSomething Needs to ChangeBefore You Vote, as well as the multiple volumes of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series.

Along with his wife and children, he lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.


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