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PRAYING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT


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PRAYING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT?

Luke 11:9-13

These verses are connected with the parable of the importunate friend just preceding them.

They continue the lesson of the parable.

They are a part of Jesus' lesson on prayer:  pleading for bread for sinners.

 

"Ask, and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

1.        The words ask, seek, and knock are commands.

a.       They are ‘imperative’ verbs in the Greek. 

                                                             i.      This means that they are a command to the one addressed.

                                                           ii.      Ask ye!  Seek ye!  Knock ye!

b.      They are second person, plural.

                                                             i.      This means they are commanding all those to whom they are speaking.

c.       They are ‘active’ verbs.

                                                             i.      This means that they will take a direct object.

                                                           ii.      The One who is to be asked is God.

d.      So, it is like saying

                                                             i.      “Ask ye God, and ye shall receive.”

                                                           ii.      “Seek ye God, and ye shall find Him.”

                                                          iii.      “And, knock ye for admittance to God’s presence, and it shall be opened.”

 

2.        In verse 10 we see the reason for acting.

                                                             i.      The one who asks, he receives.

                                                           ii.      The one who seeks, he finds.

                                                          iii.      And to the one who knocks, it is opened unto him.

a.       So, to receive, ye must ask.

b.      To find, ye must seek.

c.       And to have it opened, ye must knock.

 

3.        Then in Verses 11-12 we learn the relevance of the requests.

a.       The father will not give other than what is asked for by the son.

b.      When the son asks, there is but one positive answer.

c.       An evil answer will not come from the father to the son.

 

4.        In Verse 13 we see the application.

a.       This lesson in prayer is aimed at the specific request for the Holy Spirit.

b.      How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who are asking for Him.

 

5.        But someone says, "I do not believe in praying for the Holy Spirit."

a.       Well, we are not to pray for the indwelling of the Spirit, which every Christian has, since in John 20:19-22 the resurrected Saviour had the disciples to "Receive ye the Holy Ghost."

b.      Nor do we believe we should pray for tongues (languages), unless as at Pentecost there are souls who could not otherwise hear the Gospel in a language they could understand.

c.       No one is commanded to "talk in tongues."

d.      Nor should we pray for the carnal nature to be burned out, a "second work of grace," which is really promised only at the resurrection. 

e.       But, clearly, Luke 11:13 says we should pray for the Holy Spirit.

f.        And Ephesians 5:18 plainly commands all to be filled with the Spirit.

g.       Acts 2:38,39 offers the "gift of the Holy Ghost" to all that God shall call.

 

6.        Pray for the Holy Ghost?  Yes, for His power to win souls.

a.       Did you not ever pray for sinners to be convicted?

                                                             i.      Who, then, convicts sinners?  

                                                           ii.      The Holy Spirit.

b.      Did you pray for some preacher or witness to have special help in getting the Gospel to sinners? 

                                                             i.      Who, then, helps preachers and witnesses to have such blessing and success as we properly seek?  

                                                           ii.      The Holy Spirit, of course.

c.       So, 2Ch 7:14 promises God's healing and revival on the land,

                                                             i.      "If my people---shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways---"

                                                           ii.      Note: "seek my face" --- Importunity.

d.      And Isaiah 40:29-31 promises us: 

                                                             i.      "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." 

                                                           ii.      There is the promise again of "power," renewal of strength, wonderful walking, running, flying for God, if we "wait upon the Lord."

 

7.        !!! So the disciples continued in prayer for power before Pentecost (Acts 1:14).

 

8.        !!! Again, needing boldness and power, they prayed (Acts 4:31), "and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost" ---exactly the same nine words recording exactly the same endowment as at Pentecost (Acts 2:4).

 

9.        !!! Paul fasted and prayed three days before being filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 9:9,11,17)

 

CONCLUSION:

 

            The way to Holy Spirit power for soul winning is by prayer, praying without ceasing.

 

 

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