by Carron Lake - www.thelightoftheword.org

What does a parable of praying to GOD reveal to us on this topic of receiving The Holy Spirit? Since The Gift of The Holy Spirit is given to those, who request in prayer to receive The Holy Spirit, then the diligent seeker, with a heart open for The Truth, will receive That Which GOD has revealed to us in HIS Word.

To reveal the heart of GOD to those, who diligently seek HIM, The Word, through His servant Luke shared with us That, which was sown in his heart and said, "...He spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me" (Luke 18:1-5).

Notice the point, or the focus for which the parable was given, "That men ought to always pray to GOD and not to faint" i.e. like the woman who cried out continually to the judge for help, men ought to diligently and continually seek the LORD for HIS help. However, "...The Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith" (Luke 18:6). He wanted His disciples to take note of the heart of the judge, and why he would choose to help the woman, who, as he saw it, troubled him by her continual coming to him to have him avenge her. But in revealing to His disciples The Heart of The Father, The Word said, "...Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:6-8).

Could it be that although the LORD bears long with all, who diligently Seek HIM, HE is ready and able to answer our prayers speedily? But the question we need to ask ourselves is this, "How does GOD avenge, or respond in answer to those, who cry in prayer unto HIM day and night? Who does HE send in answer to our prayers for help?

Through His servant Luke, The Word has reveal to us the answer. Luke said, "...It came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil" (Luke 11:1-4).

In coming to The Door of heaven to ask of The Father on how we might pray to HIM, the disciples received The Father's Answer to their request. HE revealed to us by HIS Word through them, that when we pray, we must recognize that our Father, WHO is in heaven, is HOLY. And it should be in our hearts to extend HIS Kingdom here on earth that HIS Will in heaven might be extended here on earth as well. As HE provides for those in heaven, we are to request in our prayers that HE provide day by day our daily bread here on earth as well. And because it is in our hearts to extend HIS Will in blessing others here on earth with The Bread from heaven, we are to request that HE forgive us of our sins, as we extend HIS Forgiveness to those, who are indebted to us. And with a desire to do HIS Will, we must request that HE help us not to be led into temptation, but to deliver us from evil.

To help us understand The Heart of GOD and the answer to our request, "...He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth" (Luke 11:5-8).

Notice The Key that opens The Door to The Heart of GOD. The Key here is having A Friend, Who is willing to open to His friends The Gift of His heart that our hearts might receive the desire that we have requested in our prayers. Notice that it is one friend going to A Friend to request and receive Bread from his Friend that He might give to his friend Bread for his journey. In order for The Key to do His work in our lives to bless others with HIS Bread, we must meet the conditions for The Door to be open to us. We could choose to stand at The Door and request day and night, but if the conditions of our hearts are not right, to extend The Will of GOD here on earth, as it is in heaven, then The Key and Gift of GOD will not work in our lives.

For The Word of GOD said, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me" (John 15:4-21).

Key Conditions for an open Door to The Father

We must abide in Christ, and He in us, for He is The Only Vine, Who connects us, as branches to The Father. For it is The Father, WHO bears The Fruit of HIS Word in those, who are connect to HIM by HIS Word. For without The Word abiding in us, we can do nothing. But if He abides in us, we bear His fruit, to the glory of The Father.

As The Father loved Him, like wise He extended to us The Father's love in Him, that we might extend to others The Fruit of His Love in us. If we are bearing and extending His fruit of Love in us to others, then His fruit of Love in us enables us to keep His commandments of love for both GOD and man.

If we keep His commandments of Love, then we are abiding in His Love; just as He kept His Father's Commandments of Love and abides in HIS Love. And we will love each other as He has shown His Love for us.

We are His friend, if we extend and do what He has commanded us to do. If we do not extend His Will through us in doing His Will, then we are not, and cannot be called His friends, who obey Him.

But if we obey Him, to do as He commands, then all things that He has received in His heart from The Father, He will sow and reveal to our hearts. For He has chosen us and has ordained us that we might go and bring forth His fruit that His fruit in us might remain.

Notice that The Gift of GOD is given to those, who are willing to meet the conditions of heaven, that through them The Father's Will in heaven might be extended to men here on earth. Through them, The Door to the kingdom is open that they might receive and give The Bread of Life to those, who need The Bread of Life to complete their journey. No one can complete and meet the conditions in order to become the children of GOD. But unless we first receive The Spirit of God to complete our journey, we cannot meet the conditions to do HIS Will. However, if The Spirit of GOD abides in our hearts, then He is The Key, Who enables us to become the children of GOD, that we might do The Father's Will, to give HIS Bread to those in need, just as The Father by HIS Word worked by His disciples to feed the five thousand.

If we are His friends and are willing to do The Father's Will, then HE, The Father will send in us HIS Spirit to accomplish HIS Will, just as HE did when HE by HIS Word on earth extended to men The Father's Kingdom of Love to all men. But if men are not willing to do The Father's Will, to extend HIS Bread of life to our friends that they to might complete their journey in becoming children of GOD, then their is no reason for HIM to answer their request at midnight, to open The Door and give to them HIS Gift, which they are rejecting.

If we are HIS children, and are willing to do as He commands, then HIS Word of Joy in our hearts is this, "...Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if [he ask] a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:9-13).

Notice that if we consider ourselves to be the children of GOD, and HE, as our heavenly Father, to WHOM we pray, then there is no reason that we might not expect from HIM a speedy answer to meet the desire of our hearts and to receive from HIM The Gift of The Holy Spirit. Yet, in both parables presented through His servant Luke, The Father has revealed from HIS Heart The Revelation of The Holy Spirit, but because men are open more to the earthly bread of the wisdom of men, they receive not HIS Gift that HE has Sent. As a result, The Door that opens to them the mysteries of heaven remains close to their hearts, because they replace The Bread of Life in their hearts with the wisdom of men.

If many in the church are not receiving, believing and having faith in HIS Word to do as He commands us to do, that He might extend The Father's kingdom here on earth through us, then whose will are we following, if we are not obeying and doing HIS Will? As the children of GOD, should we not pray to GOD to alert and bring to the attention of our friends the things that might concern them in completing their journey? As Children of GOD, we must trust in HIS Word that we by HIS Word might impart The Bread that is needed for our friends and loved ones to complete their journey in Him. Amen.

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