The olive grove that lay below the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem was a place where Jesus and his disciples used to come together to pray . The same is believed to be the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed in great agony before the betrayal and crucifixion . It has been recorded in history that early christian pilgrims used to frequent the same site to pray.
THE OLIVE GROVE is an extension of my personal prayer life. Often times we are so caught up in the affairs of this world that we can hardly make time to sit and meditate on the Word of God. We are on a relentless chase to satiate those desires which are thought to make us feel enriched and fulfilled. Matthew 6.33 says “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Also Matthew 4.4 says “ Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God . ”
Being in His presence, meditating on His words , giving Him praise and thanksgiving satiates our desire to find the meaning and purpose of life . As written in John 6.35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 4.14, Jesus says ” But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst. But the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing upto eternal life.”
We are eternal beings placed in the constraints of time in a physical body. Its no wonder that nothing of this world can meet the needs of our inner spiritual being . As the Psalmist says in Psalms 107.9, He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things . Let us come closer to the One who can strengthen our hearts and fill us with all goodness that we may grow like trees that are planted by the waters..Living Waters !
BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD , AND WHOSE HOPE IS THE LORD. FOR HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE WATERS, WHICH SPREADS OUT ITS ROOTS BY THE RIVER , AND WILL NOT FEAR WHEN HEAT COMES; BUT ITS LEAF WILL BE GREEN , AND WILL NOT BE ANXIOUS IN THE YEAR OF DROUGHT , NOR WILL CEASE FROM YIELDING FRUIT. JEREMIAH 17. 7,8
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” john 3.36