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

  1. Hello Helen
    Insight No3 speaks strongly to me. I am in the Far North of NZ, on a 10 acre block, which I run alone. My parents bought this as a bare block in 1969/70, and for 15 years, on Christmas visits from my work in Wellington, I fell more and more in love with it. It is a steep piece of land under a volcanic plug, and my father did much work here – about 8 culverts for runoff, plus the well, which he dug to take the outpouring of a spring that comes from inside the mountain. He died prematurely in 1985, with the house half-built, expecting that I and my mother would have to sell the place.
    Well, we didn’t – and that’s a long story. Now, as I take care of this land – and my small flock of sheep – I often give thanks for the work he was guided to do, and for the water supply that has never run dry. To me it’s very much an inheritance story. God has actually brought me to a place that I never thought far enough ahead to consider owning, and I believe His hand is on the man’s work that I do. This is a wonderful message that encourages me greatly. Thank you!! Patricia

    1. That is sooo good Patricia. Father I pray this inheritance and this land will be filled with your Presence and there will be increase in the joy it brings to Patricia.
      Such a great example of springs, land and inheritance (and in a nation I love)

    2. Thankyou so much for this study. God has been speaking to me about digging up the old wells. Now I see this could be about the generations that have gone before. I am now going to do a study about this I am not a great scholar just an simple Christian that loves the Lord. This is just wonderful. Praise God he goes before us.

  2. YES!! This morning while praying in the Spirit I heard Shaddai. I looked it up and saw in Hebrew it translates to God Almighty and All sufficient. Your prophetic word lines up with what my prayers have been over the last few years! I know I’m to trust Him and do what He has asked me to do ( be obedient) and He will take care of the rest. Thank you for your word today. Thank you for sharing

  3. Thank you dear Prophetess Helen. Yes He is a God of Relationships. It is a timely word for my marriage restoration. This Prophecy aligns w/2 other Prophecies from 2 different Prophets. I have a divine appointment w/Jesus. It is close to 4 years for God thousand days is just 1 day.
    God bless you Prophetess I will share my testimony very soon in Jesus Name.

  4. Florence Johnson

    I was notified of a loss in income that places me in a very uncomfortable financial situation to say the least. I have been standing in faith regardless and you come into my email with this absolutely right time, right now God sent prophetic word. I know it is God because I don’t usually receive you in my in box until further in the week, Thursday’s Friday’s at the latest, your word came today I received notice on Monday. Praise God! for such a timely word.

    1. That’s wonderful about the timing Florence (I’m trying to work out the best times in my schedule)
      I pray for the supernatural restoration and overflow in your financial situation, in Jesus’ Name

      1. Uma Maheswari

        I saw in my third eye, Jesus fetching water and gave it to me, after he was sitting on the horse and started moving, my soul started following him.

  5. I own 7 acres and my home; have been considering relentlessly how I could get the water from an underground spring on my property to my house, sooo relentless were the thoughts I became annoyed with them; I need a roof more than water. Then I see this and understand what the glorious meaning is; I am so humbled and grateful for His guidance, love, mercy and grace, He is my everything, my always. I am grateful for you too, Helen, you have enlightened me in many ways. I have been in a dry and weary place but the wells of Living Water are springing up as I write this; there is a great cleansing, purification coming, says my Father God, for His people, a refreshing. Hallelujah!!! I spread my arms high in anticipation! Love you Helen and will rejoice when I meet you in His Kingdom

    1. Amen, amen Donna! Downwards and upwards, a Heavenly unleashing. Father we thank You for the abundance.
      I pray for your 7 acres may it be abundantly provided for, in Jesus’ Name

  6. Thank you so much for a word in season. I identify with all the points in the message, I have been feeling dry & recently I have been feeling this need for spiritual revival. I believe your message is pointing me in the right direction & the time is NOW. May God bless you as He blesses us through you.

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