8 Prophetic Insights About Wells (& Re-Digging Wells)

Has God been speaking to you about provision, spiritual wells, or even re-digging wells of revival?

The Bible has good news for those who are dry, weary, or desperate; for those who are in need of provision!
And, for all who long for the move of the Holy Spirit.

Right here, right now—under your feet—there is a fountain; a spring of water, ready to burst forth.

The Prophetic Meaning of Wells

8 Prophetic Insights About Wells & Re-Digging Wells

“Wells of water” can speak of access and supply, and much more!
This week, I’ve been reflecting on the prophetic meaning and significance of wells in the Bible.

1. Wells Represent Supply and Provision

Photo of well in a forestWhen Israel traveled to a place where God had miraculously provided water in the past, they sang, “Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it…” (see Numbers 21:16-17) [1]

  • God’s people recognized that He was the One who had provided the water before and that He would do so again.

A well represents an opportunity!
A well may appear small in size—yet, it is connected to a vast underground supply. [2]

Today, know that your Father has already provided for your needs!
He is revealing new wells of supply to you.

2. Wells Speak of Encounters with God

a. Grace Encounters

One day, God found Hagar at a spring and instructed her to return home. Pregnant and alone, she had fled from Sarah’s mistreatment of her.
After Hagar’s personal encounter with God, that location was named, “Well of the One who lives and sees me!” (Gen 16:13-14)

No one is beyond the Father’s reach! God is ministering to the hurting and abused.
And as you pray, the Holy Spirit is positioning your loved ones. In a moment of need, they will cry out and see God, who loves them, moving on their behalf.

b. Worship Encounters

Some wells in Scripture were places of encounter with God!
When Isaac arrived at Beersheba (meaning “well of the oath”), the first thing he did was build an altar.
He worshipped first before his people pitched the tent and dug a well (Gen 26:25). [3]

When you worship, you acknowledge that God is the source of your supply.  You are giving honor to Him. You are positioning your “well” to become a place of encounter, for generations to come.

c. Prophetic Encounters

Years later, Isaac’s son Jacob visited Beersheba, where he worshipped and offered sacrifices to God. There, he had a prophetic encounter; “visions of the night” where God spoke to him of his destiny! (Gen 46:1-4) [4]

3. The Bible Speaks of Wells of Salvation

The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3, NKJV)
The Hebrew word translated “wells” here, also means fountains (Strong’s H4599)

Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well. And from that grace encounter, an entire city was brought to faith in Christ! He said to her,
“…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain [well] of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14, NKJV)

If this resonates with you, reach out in faith today.
Fountains are being released!

In our generation, new wells are breaking open—ways and means of reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

These wells of salvation will result in great joy on the earth, for the thirsty will come and find the water of life (Is 55:1)

4. Wells May be From Past Generations

Isaac took his family on a journey in the land, and along the way, his servants re-dug the wells of his father Abraham. He called them by the same names his father had! (Gen 26:18)

A well that has been in use before—even when it has been stopped up—can be accessed again.
Deep underground, a supply of water continues to exist.

Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about re-digging a well?
That which has been abundant before, in past generations, is being revealed again.
It may be locational; it may be vocational.

Perhaps God has been speaking to you about re-digging wells of revival.
Where the water of the Spirit once flowed; where His power once gushed, you will see Him move again.

God is Healing the Waters

  • But what if you cannot identify generational (or regional) “wells” that are life-giving?
  • What if, instead, there has been bitterness, poverty or barrenness, or cycles of shame?

God’s Word has the answer—for He is a Redeemer who turns bitter waters into sweet (2 Kings 2:19-22, Exodus 15:23-25).

Your testimony will be, “God has healed the wells of generations!”

The story changes here!
In your family, in your location, now! A fountain of life is bursting forth.

5. Wells can Represent the Holy Spirit

Wells represent God Himself—He calls Himself the “Spring of living water”.

“…they have abandoned me—the fountain of living water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” (Jer 2:13, NLT)

The Holy Spirit is often characterized in the Bible by water, and the move of the Spirit can be seen in the River of Life, a recurring theme throughout Scripture. (Ezek 47)

A well that is located at an underground spring also represents the Holy Spirit.

Jesus spoke of salvation being “the well of water springing up into eternal life” (John 4:14).
The Greek word for well, pege (Strong’s G4077), meaning “a well fed by a spring”, and is also translated fountain.

Jesus said,
“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (John 7:38 NLT)

6. Wells are Symbolic of Our Hearts

God created us to worship Him, and He looks to our hearts, to see what is flowing from us.
The Shepherd-King in the Song of Songs sees the maiden as, “…a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.” (Song of Songs, 4:15, NKJV)

Our hearts and spirits can be wells, where the Holy Spirit resides and flows powerfully from us (John 7:37-38)
The writer of the Proverbs exhorts us, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23, NKJV)

  • Jesus said that what we speak comes out of the overflow of our heart (Luke 6:45)
  • Likewise, James warns us, “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?” (James 3:11, NKJV)

May we be so in love with Jesus, that our hearts will be given over to worship.

That from our hearts—through our mouths—the nature of God will be seen, and our every communication will be life-giving.

7. Wells are Places of Divine Appointments

Wells in the Bible were regularly a location of Divine appointments and answers to prayer.
As the story of Hagar shows us, this is true even in times of extremity and need.

When Moses fled from Pharaoh, he arrived at a well at Midian. There, he met the daughters of a Midianite priest (Exodus 2). One of these women—Zipporah—became his wife. This land would be his home for the next forty years of his life and prepare him for his future leadership of Israel.

Isaac’s servant met his master’s future wife, Rebekah at a well! (Gen 24:15)

Wells speak of Divine setups for provision and opportunity.

Not only does God provide the resources you need—but He is a God of relationship, who will bring people into your life at strategic times.

You can trust in God. For your Father is faithful and has a Divine appointment for you!

8. Wells Invite Us to Co-Labor with God

A river flows over the land and its water is freely available to those who reach it.
However, a well requires labor to access it.
It needs to be dug; it requires the proper equipment.

In ancient days, a bucket system was used to draw up water. And today, a pump and modern technology is used. One thing has never changed; establishing a well requires labor and materials.
It’s a picture that God will call on you to partner with Him.

Remember, your Father has abundant resources:

  • You can be confident that if God has shown you a “well”, He has set aside every means you need, to access that spring of provision
  • All the wisdom, strategy, and strength you need, is available through prayer (James 1:5)

Wells, Gifts, and Inheritance

God’s covenant promise to His people was that He would bring them into a land that had wells already dug for them, and harvests already planted! (Deut 6:11)

What an amazing truth!
There are times to work with God—and there are times to simply receive the inheritance He has given to us.
Today, the Holy Spirit is releasing passion and energy to God‘s people who have become weary.

Perhaps, it is time for you to say by faith:
“This is His appointed place for me. Right here is the location of His supply, under my feet. This is my God-given opportunity!
Right now, I receive His grace! Now, I celebrate the well of the Lord that is right here, right now.
For my God never changes.”


[1] See “How Your Prophetic Song can Release the Power of God” for more on this

[2] I talk about the geography of groundwater and its importance on the earth today in this post: “How to Dig a Well and Make Room for God to Move”

[3] This echoes Abraham’s actions, at Beersheba earlier in Genesis 21: 22-33.

[4] For inspiring thoughts from Isaac’s journey relating to wells, see this article: Second Wind: The Power to Keep Going

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94 thoughts on “8 Prophetic Insights About Wells (& Re-Digging Wells)”

  1. Hi Helen got over some hill I thank God for you very special women of God may God supply all your needs according to his riches and Glory

      1. This reminds me of a dream i once had. In that dream i saw at my home town, at the place where i come from there was a fountain of water underground, very clear water. The top soil was white and i saw as i put a pot of water on that soil the water started to boil. Underground its a fountain of water and on top the ground is very hot. As i was reading this i started shaking all over my body. Now i’m wondering what does this teaching and the dream i had connect.
        Thank you woman of God for your wonderful prophetic teachings.

      2. Rosie Montgomery

        Thank you, the Holy Spirit had me to understand the meaning of wells, and led me to you. I knew it was a need that I know. Thanks!!

        1. I was at a stand still in my walk with God. He asked me to wait on Him. This morning, I had the urge to check out the meaning of well He had been showing me. I have been checking on all available resources but this page gave me answer of deep spiritual insights. My heart is at peace, I feel the joy within me where God is leading me.

          Thank you for what you do and I pray God reveal Himself to you more.


    1. Jesus when He was tired rested at the well in Samaria and that became the meeting point with the nameless woman.
      How significant.
      Thank you for this insight.
      God bless you richly.

  2. Great message.

    Amazing prophetic word
    Thank you Helen for allowing God to use you
    I’m totally blessed and receive the prophesy especially for my family..
    I have been praying for them and I believe time has come for them to be saved.

    1. Hi Ruth, I’m praying with you right now for your family. “Spring up oh well” Father thank You that You are calling forth Life and they are being awakened, in Jesus’ Name

  3. Praise King Jesus Helen,
    I bless God for using you to minister unto us by sharing this powerful message.
    some times we are surrounded by different situations and we may fail to hear what the Lord is speaking and he sends his message through you to us.
    I receive all the wells God is sending in his perfect timings (supply and provision, grace, worship, prophetic encounters, past generations, salvation, healing, hearts, divine appointments, co- laboring with God, gifts, inheritance in Jesus mighty name I have prayed.
    As per your instruction I speak by faith;
    “This is His appointed place for me. This is the location of His supply, under my feet. This is my God-given opportunity!
    Right now, I receive His grace! Now, I celebrate the well of the Lord that is right here, right now. For my God never changes.”

    I simply receive the inheritance He has given to me in the name of Jesus.

    God bless you Keep you and Make his face shine upon you Woman of God.

  4. Hi Helen
    It’s interesting you should be talking about wells.
    When studying my family tree I discovered that my great great great grandfather was a mighty man of God. He was everything in the community, teacher , preacher , doctor , lawyer. He founded Brighton in Melbourne and introduced the first church
    Somewhere my family fell away from God and it was me who found God again after many generations
    I asked God how I could access the blessings that my grandfather had wanted for his family
    God directed me to read 2 Kings 3:16
    “Thus said the Lord , make this valley full of ditches”
    I thought that was a strange verse until I read further
    For thus saith the Lord: ‘Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle and your beasts.’
    What a blessing!
    I asked God how would I dig a ditch. God said give away my belongings
    I had been saving things for the farmhouse that I wanted but realise the things I have collected are actually seeds.
    I want the farmhouse as a retreat to help others in need and I am planting into my future ministry
    Praise God He is making way

    1. Hi Alison, what a powerful testimony! We have been learning firsthand of how God can reveal and heal the stories of families and generational lines. Isaiah 35 – He is a loving Father who is making the way for you

      1. Geoffrey McDonald

        Hi Helen, thank you for your encouraging emails.
        About 5 years ago, my wife and I believed that God asked us to redig the country wells. Our updates to the church was under the heading of “Redigging the Country Wells.” We travelled extensively throughout Western Australia. Then God spoke to us about coming to Victoria. We have been here for 14 months. We believe that God wants us to work with the youth to release the springs of life into this generation. We have had divine appointments and believe that God is going to open doors of opportunities and release revival among the youth in this small country town. Please keep us in prayer. Blessings Geoff and Sharon

        1. It is so good to hear this, Geoffrey. I say yes and amen, thank You Lord for touching the youth in our State and in this township, and for the wells that are springing up – and where healing is needed to the spiritual waters of the land, we say our it out Lord, pour out that healing balm of Your Spirit. Thank You Lord, You are revealing and bringing everything that is needed, in Jesus’ Name.
          God bless you both, and hi from Melbourne


    Dear Beloved sister Helen,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful messages about wells .I am so much encouraged by this message . I am pastor Julian victor from India . god bless your mission work . Please pray for us and for our Indian mission work among Hindu people in the villages in India.
    we need much prayers and prophetic words from you .
    With much love and honor
    Pastor Julian victor

    1. Thank You Father for Pastor Julian Victor, we pray and agree together for Your Spirit to flow. Thank You Jesus that Your mission is the same now:
      “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
      Because He has anointed Me
      To preach the gospel to the poor;
      He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
      To proclaim liberty to the captives
      And recovery of sight to the blind,
      To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
      19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)
      And that is your portion for Pastor Julian and these people You love.

  6. Thank you woman of God,for the encouraging words. The messages are on point all the time. I have been feeling so dry lately… I believe God is meeting me at my point of need (spiritually, financially, prophetically)& I have been praying for my brother and husband to be saved. It is now time! I will encounter God in a way I have never encountered before.
    God bless you.

    1. Amen to that! Victoria, may you be filled to overflowing, and Father we agree and thank You for the saving encounter her husband and brother are about to have, in Jesus’ Name

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