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PRAYING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT?
are connected with the parable of the importunate friend just preceding them.
They continue the lesson of the
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."
The words ask, seek, and knock are commands.
a. They are ‘imperative’ verbs in the Greek.
This means that they are a command to
the one addressed.
Ask ye! Seek ye! Knock ye!
b. They are second person, plural.
This means they are commanding all
those to whom they are speaking.
c. They are ‘active’ verbs.
This means that they will take a direct
The One who is to be asked is God.
d. So, it is like saying
“Ask ye God,
and ye shall receive.”
“Seek ye God, and ye shall find Him.”
“And, knock ye
for admittance to God’s presence, and it shall be opened.”
In verse 10 we see the reason for acting.
The one who asks, he receives.
The one who seeks, he finds.
And to the one who knocks, it is opened unto him.
a. So, to
receive, ye must ask.
b. To find, ye
c. And to have
it opened, ye must knock.
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.
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.
But someone says, "I do not believe in praying for the Holy
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
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.
clearly, Luke 11:13 says we should pray for the Holy Spirit.
And Ephesians 5:18 plainly commands all to be filled with the
g. Acts 2:38,39 offers the "gift of the Holy Ghost" to all
that God shall call.
Pray for the Holy Ghost? Yes,
for His power to win souls.
a. Did you not
ever pray for sinners to be convicted?
Who, then, convicts sinners?
The Holy Spirit.
b. Did you pray
for some preacher or witness to have special help in getting the Gospel to
Who, then, helps preachers and witnesses to have such blessing and
success as we properly seek?
The Holy Spirit, of course.
c. So, 2Ch 7:14
promises God's healing and revival on the land,
"If my people---shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek
my face, and turn from their wicked ways---"
Note: "seek my face" --- Importunity.
d. And Isaiah
40:29-31 promises us:
"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
There is the promise again of "power," renewal of
strength, wonderful walking, running, flying for God, if we "wait upon the
!!! So the disciples continued in prayer for power before
Pentecost (Acts 1:14).
!!! 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).
!!! Paul fasted and prayed three days before being filled with the
Holy Ghost (Acts 9:9,11,17)
The way to Holy
Spirit power for soul winning is by prayer, praying without ceasing.
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