In His presence there is fullness of Joy
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet”.
John 4:15-19 NKJV
Often we misunderstand God and the church and tend to take a very casual approach to our spiritual life.
Many come to God in prayer only in troubled times due to their wrong view about God that He (God) is just a good banker (providing for their financial needs), a good doctor (healing, from headaches to cancer and Aids), a good counselor (for moral boost and to prevent marriage break-ups). Such a behavior prevents us to understand who really God is, for He is actually a loving Father Who can do all the above listed miracles and more for us always just because we belong to Him and He loves us.
Similarly church is often visited by some as a tourist place clicking photos as if in an antique museum, or as a party hall to portray their elegance and receive recognition and praises from friends and envy from competitive friends (classed as enemies), some parents bring their children’s to the church and set them loose to run around making them believe that this a different type of park or zoo where some reverential beasts come to pray. Actually church is ‘the house of God for prayer’, we have to be in there with the ease and comfort as in a house, with much expectation of joy and solace because it’s God’s house and with a reverential fear, love and respect, for we are in the presence of the Almighty God.
The Samaritan woman having known that Jesus had the living water, asked Him for some just to avoid multiple trips to the well, Jesus as usual responds with the exact need of the Samaritan woman (often we do not know what to ask in prayer, whereas God knows our exact need), Jesus did not say to her, ‘Ok, now bring the vessels to fill the water;, rather He said ‘call your husband and come’, an instant defensive reply from her to hide her personal life from God, ‘I have no husband’, and then in the following verses as stated above, Jesus lets her know that He knows it all to which she perceives that He is a prophet.
Remember this, God knows us more than we know ourselves and when in prayer and in the house of God, we may successfully fool the Pastor or our friends, yet God knows who we are and He wants to hear it from us before he blesses us, that is confession, where you admit your sinful nature before God and expect Him to forgive, bless and restore.
In Genesis Ch 32:27-28, God had come to bless Jacob, however He did not bless him until Jacob told his name – Jacob (which means supplanter), and when he confessed who he was before God, then God gave him and new name as Israel (a prince with God).
This is how King David shares his experience about confession before God:
When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.