“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?'” (John 4:7, NLT).

So starts a conversation where Jesus displayed his patience. The Samaritan woman clearly didn’t understand what Jesus was talking about, and was puzzled as to why he was even talking to her in the first place. Jews and Samaritans hated each other.

Jesus stuck with her, even though it seems he was being vague on purpose and knew she wouldn’t understand, to get to his big revelation – he told her he was the Messiah, which is something he rarely did. To us, this conversation almost seems comical, but I’m sure Jesus was kind, patient, gentle and truly cared about her. Our prayers probably sound a little like this exchange sometimes and Jesus is just as patient and gentle with us. He wants us to get it too – he is the Messiah, our Savior and Liberator.

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