90 Days of Prayer – Day Sixty Six
“Remember to Bring the Oil”
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.”
Are you prepared for a visitation from heaven? Whether it is the Lord’s return or a visitation opening a door of opportunity you, need to be prepared. Preparation is the point of this parable. Someone once said “failure to prepare is to prepare for failure.”
The wise in heart stand ready to answer the door when opportunity knocks, are you prepared to answer the call?
The foolish virgins in the parable failed to prepare their heart for the visit, not so with the wise virgins. The two groups are contrasted by the words “foolish” and “wise.” The word foolish here means “stupid” or “dull,” while the word “wise” means “sensible” “prudent” or “thoughtful.” The foolish virgins lacked oil to keep their lamps burning through the night. Keep in mind that oil has always been a symbol of the Holy Spirit and His anointing.
The application is obvious; you need the Presence and anointing of the Spirit to walk in the light as God intends for you to do. It also takes thoughtful preparation to remain filled with the Spirit to be ready at any time of day or night for a visitation of God’s choosing.
The apostle Paul told the Church as Ephesus; “…do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…” Ephesians 5:17-19.
The connotation of the passage above is to be literally “always being filled” with the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s will. As the wise virgins in the parable always had enough oil with them, you must always be enjoying the fresh oil of the Spirit’s Presence and power pouring the light of God’s Kingdom into your prayer life so you may be ready at a moments notice.
It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit that keeps the light of the Kingdom of God burning bright within your heart. Continued fellowship with the Holy Spirit will bring enlightenment to your bible reading, transformation to your character and powerful manifestations of His Presence into your life. You will then be prepared when the Spirit opens a door of ministry.
So ask for continual fillings of the Spirit daily, learn to walk in the light that He provides, Be filled, Be ready, and Be Encouraged.
John S Picarello