[This is Chapter 13 of my book The Unveiling of the Sons of God, “Prayer—the Portal into Yah’s Spiritual World.” To order your free copy with free shipping, send your mailing address to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
How do we make contact with the Great Invisible One?
We have seen that words are spirit; they are invisible, and they are powerful. We have seen that God is Spirit; He is an invisible Spirit-Entity that manifests Himself in human beings as He sees fit.
We are admonished by Yahshua the Master to worship this Invisible One. In fact, the Father is seeking people to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). He said that we should worship the Father, not just in spirit, but in spirit and in truth. So how do we worship the Father in spirit and in truth? How do we enter into His invisible spirit world? How do we make contact with the Great Invisible One? We communicate with Him through words. It is called prayer.
“Prayer” is a word itself that carries a lot of baggage. Every religion and every denomination in Churchianity has a different concept of prayer as to what, when, and how to do it. But stripped of all of its negative connotations, simply put, “prayer” is communication to the Invisible Spirit God. Prayer is made up of invisible words spoken from the heart, either audibly or silently. These words are offered up to the Eternal Spirit and are likened to a kind of incense that smells sweet to Yahweh in His spirit domain.
Prayer demands first that we humans believe. Prayer exercises belief. We find it difficult to communicate to an invisible Spirit if we don’t believe that He is there or that He is listening. One-sided conversations are always limited. Messages left on answering machines rarely shine like live feedback conversations.
Nevertheless, we are shut up to worshiping God through word communications. This helps our faith to grow, for when we speak to Him, we must believe that He exists and that He listens, and that He will reward us with answers to our prayers. Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Mt. 7:7. What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24.
And what are we to ask for? “One thing is needful,” and there is no better thing that we could ask for than His Spirit. How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13. We should ask Him for His Spirit. He expects us to. He understands that we know how to give good gifts unto our own children when they ask of us. And He loves us more than we love our own children. So He wants to give us His Spirit, which is the greatest gift that could ever be given to us.
In other words, when we communicate with our invisible Spirit Father, we thank Him for His blessings to us; we praise Him and praise His name; we ask Him to grant desires that we have; we then believe that we are receiving those things we ask in prayer; then we receive them.
It is through prayer, then, that we enter into the Spirit World of Yah. We make contact with our invisible Father. We start the spiritual processes in motion; we touch eternity.
This all sounds so simple and good, but why is it so difficult to put prayer into practice? He has promised us His very nature and Spirit. But we find it hard to receive. We either lack enough belief, or we do not want to make the sacrifices needed in order to effect it. You mean that we can partake of His very nature, His divine nature? That is what the scriptures say. Passages about prayer are a key part of the knowledge we need in order to receive the Spirit.
The Messiah was praying. The disciples saw Him and asked Him to teach them to pray. It was at this time that He gave them a pattern prayer, whose components outline how we all should approach the Creator.
First, we are to address Him as “Father.” This was clearly before the life-changing experience they would have several months later after the Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection. Our Father which art in heaven. Luke 11:2.
Second, we learn in this special prayer that the Father’s name is “holy,” which means “set apart.” The Father’s name is very special. Something in that name holds great significance. His name is not of this sinful world system; it is separate from the fleshly clamoring of this present world. Carnal man in his death throes comes short of the glory of what the Creator wanted him to be. Man seethes in his own lusts for himself—desires that can never be fulfilled. And we are reminded by the Messiah in this special prayer that our Creator, who is our Father, has a name that is above this strife here on earth. It is hallowed, holy, and set apart from the insanity of mortal man…hallowed be thy name.
Third, our Father has a kingdom. A kingdom is a form of government with a king as the ruling executive. It is a political or territorial unit ruled by a sovereign. The Father is that King. He has His own kingdom that shall come to this earth. The Messiah models this in the prayer, expressing the longing for it…Thy kingdom come.
Fourth, the King has deliberately chosen and decided upon an exact course of action that will take place here on this earth. Things are going His way in heaven, and they will go His way here on earth. Nothing takes place by accident. He is totally in control. The Messiah is praying here, showing us how to get into one mind, one accord with the Father’s “pre-determinate counsel of his own will.” What the Father has determined, that is what shall come to pass…Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
We are to ask Him for our daily spiritual food. He said for us to not think about the physical necessities that we must have to sustain our lives here on earth. But we are to ask Him for the spiritual sustenance. Give us day by day our daily bread…Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. And we are to forgive, and we will be forgiven by Him [For much more in depth study on prayer as the portal, read this series of articles https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/?s=lord%27s+prayer ].
Right after this prayer, in Luke 11:5-13, the Master shows in a parable just what we should ask the Father for. One thing is needful, and that is what we should be asking for. The physical, earthly things—He already knows that we need those things to survive. He knows our temporal fleshly needs, for He put us here in the flesh and has no need that any of us tell Him how it is being human. For He partook of flesh and blood.
The story: Your friend next door comes over around midnight, after you have gone to bed. He pounds on your door. “What do you want?” you ask, rather perturbed.
“Could you give me some food. A friend of mine has come over and I do not have any food in the house to give to him.”
“Come back in the morning,” you say. “I’m already in bed, me and all my family. I’ll get something for you in the morning.”
But he keeps on pounding on the door. And keeps on. And because of the constant knocking, because of the bold and shameless, repeated and urgent requests, you will get up finally and give him what he asks for.
And so it is with us. We must keep asking. We must ask like this friend. We must keep banging boldly, not fearing what the owner of the house, God, thinks. 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…Your heavenly Father shall give the Holy Spirit to them that asks Him. Luke 11:9-10. The Master is saying that the Father will give us the Spirit because of our importunity, our urgent and repeated requests, desiring His Spirit in our lives in order to help others.
We must not be discouraged by delayed answers. Daniel prayed 21 straight days, expecting an answer. And finally, Gabriel came and said that he had been hindered and delayed by Satan. God allows delays to test us, to try us. So we must persevere and never give up, and He will give us His Spirit.
Why Settle for a Part of the Creation When You Can Have All of the Creator?
Prayer is the portal through which we enter Yahweh’s spiritual world. Through prayer we not only make contact with God, but we put forth petitions in order to receive more of His Spirit. For He is all that we really need. Why ask for only a part of the creation, when we can have all of the Creator? We must pray according to His will. But first we must know the truth about what His will is. If we ask Him to reveal the secret truths of His will, will He give us a false reading? We have to believe that He is faithful that promised and will never lead us astray. All of our concerns can be allayed through true prayer. Kenneth Wayne Hancock