When I lived in Kentucky, we lived right on the path of the bourbon trail. One time when our family was in town, we went out to Woodford county, which was the county next to us to visit a distillery. We drove through the beautiful horse farms, till we came to a beautiful facility that was filled with old, Irish built stone buildings.
We learned all about the history of bourbon in Kentucky, and how they developed the six requirements for a particular whiskey to be called bourbon. I love local history and found the whole thing fascinating. One thing I found interesting is that not only does bourbon have to age in the state of Kentucky for at least five years, it must also age in a new, charred oak barrel.
Other whiskeys can be aged in used barrels. The distillery we were at, they sent their used barrels to another whiskey distillery the company owned so they could be reused. The reason for these two requirements has to do with the way that the fermenting drink moves in and out of the wood with the seasons. As it does so, it absorbs things from the wood.
I thought about this when I thought about this scripture passage because of how fermenting drink moves. It's not still. When Christ talks about new wine needs new wineskins, he said that because the wineskins needed to be able to move with the liquid inside.
In essence, Christ is trying to say that you can't have a flexible inside without a flexible outside.
When it comes to our prayer life, we must be flexible. We must allow our spiritual lives to grow and expand if we are going to make room for God to do something new. We can't expect that to happen if we are in our old selves that are brittle and immovable.
THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:
- What question about prayer would you most like to have answered?
- Do you believe that the way you behave keeps God from answering your prayers?
- What is our role in prayer?
- Do you have the confidence that God hears your prayers?