Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Will not Pray to the Father (LS75)

           'Last Sermon of Jesus'

John 16:25-26 "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;"
    The Father listened to the prayers of His disciples in the name of Jesus. Whereas, the prayers of believers have to be sanctioned by our Jesus.

Act 1:5 "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
    The Lord had to baptize His disciples with the Holy Spirit so that the Spirit of truth can help them to gain deeper understanding of His teachings.
    Church leaders baptize new believers through water immersion. In a like manner, when our Lord Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit, He will immerse our spirits into the Holy Spirit. Subsequently, the Holy Spirit of Truth who is the Helper will teach us all things and guide us into all truth.
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

John 16:26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;"
   'In that day' refers to the moment when His disciples received enlightenment on His teachings and understood His will. Moving forward, our Lord no longer prayed for them because something very special had occurred! The Heavenly Father Himself adored and yearned to hear the voices of their prayers in the Name of Jesus.

Rom 8:34-35 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
   On the subject of immature Christians, our Lord has to examine our prayer request. If what we asked for are beneficial to us and are good for our walk with Christ, then He will intercede to the Father on our behalf. Quite the opposite, He will not accommodate our petitions for selfish earthly rewards and blessings which will lead us to destruction because of His great love for us,

Mat 7:9-11 "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
   Brethren, our Father in heaven is waiting to bestow good gifts on us: the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The caveat to receiving that is our complete obedience to His words. With the baptism, we will be transformed into the image of His Son Jesus Christ so that we may become the bride of the Lamb if only we ask in Jesus' name.
John 14:15-16; 16:13 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever... However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."