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Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The English translation of the Prayer to the Holy Spirit from A Book of Prayers © 1982, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. (ICEL). All rights reserved.
About the Prayer to the Holy Spirit
There are very few prayers to God as the Holy Spirit. This prayer was developed from the Pentecost liturgy. The first two lines are the verses sung with the Alleluia before the Gospel on Pentecost. The third and fourth lines are a quote from the Latin translation of Psalm 104, verse 30. It was part of a chant written for Pentecost. The rest of the prayer, which follows “Let us pray” (when it is prayed publicly), is adapted from the former opening prayer of the feast. The feast of Pentecost now has a new opening prayer. The former prayer is the opening prayer for a Mass of the Holy Spirit such as might be celebrated at the opening of a school year. This prayer is a good example of how a popular prayer to the Holy Spirit came to be composed by the faithful, using verses they heard sung and prayed at the Pentecost liturgy.
The Holy Spirit
In art the Holy Spirit is often depicted as a dove. This is probably because in the New Testament we first meet the Holy Spirit at the baptism of Jesus. Some of the passages that depict the Holy Spirit as a dove include the following: . . . and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove [and] coming upon him. (Matthew 3:16) . . . and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. (Mark 1:10) . . . and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. (Luke 3:22)
Holy Spirit Memory
The Holy Spirit reminds us; he reminds us of all that Jesus said. He is the living memory of the Church, and when he reminds us, he helps us understand the words of the Lord.
This remembrance in the Spirit and by virtue of the Spirit . . . is an essential aspect of Christ’s presence within us and within his Church. The Spirit of truth and charity reminds us of all that Christ said and helps us enter ever more fully into the meaning of his words. We all have this experience: one moment, in any situation, there is an idea and then another connects with a passage from Scripture. . . . It is the Spirit who leads us to take this path: the path of the living memory of the Church. And he asks us for a response: the more generous our response, the more Jesus’ words become life within us, becoming attitudes, choices, actions, testimony. In essence the Spirit reminds us of the commandment of love and calls us to live it.
A Christian without memory is not a true Christian but only halfway there: a man or woman, a prisoner of the moment, who doesn’t know how to treasure his or her history, doesn’t know how to read it and live it as salvation history. With the help of the Holy Spirit, however, we are able to interpret interior inspirations and life events in light of Jesus’ words. And thus within us grows the knowledge of memory, knowledge of the heart, which is a gift of the Spirit. May the Holy Spirit rekindle the Christian memory within all of us! And there, that day with the apostles, was Our Lady of Memory, who from the beginning meditated on all those things in her heart. Mary, our Mother, was there. May she help us on this path of memory.
—Excerpted from Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church by Pope Francis
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One of the most well-known Roman Catholic prayers to the Holy Spirit , "Come Holy Spirit," is a good daily prayer to recite privately or with your family. If you are praying with others, the leader should recite the verse ("Send forth . . . "), and the others should reply with the response ("And You shall renew . . . ").
The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Christianity with God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ , as the other two parts. It is believed that the Holy Spirit is a part of all Christian believers.
Take a look at the prayer as well as a line-by-line interpretation of the prayer to understand the intent of the prayer.
"Come Holy Spirit" Prayer
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit
The first request is to ask the Holy Spirit to come to you. You must believe there is a Holy Spirit and be willing and open to accept the spirit into your heart. This is the same Holy Spirit who Jesus told his disciples would be with them always after his crucifixion.
Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful
This part of the prayer is asking the Holy Spirit to fill you completely. This is a bold request. You are asking to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.
And Kindle Them the Fire of Your Love
The prayer now gets specific asking for the love that only the Holy Spirit can bring. The Holy Spirit's fire purifies the soul.
Send Forth Your Spirit and They Shall Be Created
You are asking the Spirit to make you a new creation. You are asking for a transforming renewal.
And You Shall Renew the Face of the Earth
When you are ignited by the Holy Spirit, you become part of the renewed world. Filled with the Holy Spirit, you can spread love and ignites other fires for spreading Christianity. You can become a source of renewal for all the people on the face of the earth.
O God, Who by the Light of the Holy Spirit,
God is reaching out to you by way of the Holy Spirit.
Did Instruct the Hearts of the Faithful
The work of the Spirit is alive enlightening your heart as well as guiding and instructing you.
Grant That by the Same Holy Spirit We May Be Truly Wise
The Holy Spirit is helping you to listen and discern. Being open to the Spirit enables you to move on to the next step.
And Ever Enjoy His Consolations.
You conclude the prayer asking that this same Spirit to allow you to be truly wise. You give yourself up to enjoying or being consoled by what the Spirit gives you.
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Prayers to the holy spirit, come holy spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Universal Renewal
Holy Spirit, fulfill in us the work begun by Jesus. Let our prayer on behalf of the whole world be fruitful and unwavering. Hasten the time when each of us will attain a genuine spiritual life. Enliven our work that it may reach all human beings, all who have been redeemed by the Blood of Christ and all His inheritance.
Take away our natural presumption and uplift us with a holy humility, with reverence for God and selfless courage. Let no vain attachment impede the work of our state in life, nor personal interest divert us from the demands of justice. May no scheming on our part reduce love to our own petty dimensions.
May all be noble in us; the quest and the respect for truth, and the willingness to sacrifice even to the cross and death. And may all be accomplished in accord with the final prayer of the Son to His heavenly Father and in accord with the grace that Father and Son give through You, the Spirit of love, to the Church and to her institutions, to every soul and to all peoples. Amen.
Prayer for the Freedom of the Spirit
Divine Spirit, Your gifts are diverse. You call some to give clear witness to the desire for a heavenly home and to keep that desire green among the human family. You summon others to dedicate themselves to the earthly service of human beings and to make ready the material of the celestial realm by this ministry of theirs. Grant all of us Your freedom so that by putting aside love of self and bringing all earthy resources into the service of human life, we can devote ourselves to that future when humanity itself will become an offering accepted by God. Amen.
Prayer for the Indwelling of the Spirit
Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and establish in it Your loving dominion. Enkindle in my tepid soul the fire of Your Love so that I may be wholly subject to You. We believe that when you dwell in us, You also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign, therefore, to come to me, Consoler of abandoned souls, and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me, Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, Glory of the living, and Hope of the dying. Lead me by Your grace that I may always be pleasing to you. Amen.
Prayer for Union with the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit of Light and Love, to You I consecrate my heart, mind, and will for all time and eternity. May I be ever docile to Your Divine inspirations and to the teachings of the holy Catholic Church whose infallible guide You are. May my heart be ever inflamed with the love of God and love of neighbor. May my will be ever in harmony with Your Divine Will. May my life faithfully imitate the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him ,with the Father, and You, Divine Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen.
Prayer to be Sensitive to the Spirit’s Promptings
O Holy Spirit, You sanctify the people of God through ministry and the Sacraments. For the exercise of the Christian apostolate, You give the faithful special gifts also, allotting them to everyone according as You will in order that individuals, administering grace to others just as they have received it,may also be good stewards of the manifold grace of God to build up the whole Body in charity. From the acceptance of these charisms, including those that are more elementary, there arise for each believer the right and duty to use them in the Church and in the world for the good of human beings and the building up of the Church in the freedom given by You Who breathe where You will. Help us to learn especially how to perform the mission of Christ and the Church by basing our lives on belief in the Divine mystery of Creation and Redemption and by being sensitive to Your movement, O Divine Spirit, Who give life to the People of God and Who urge all to love the Father as well as the world and human beings in Him. Amen.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit
O Lord Jesus through You I humbly beg the merciful Father to send the holy Spirit of grace, that He may bestow upon us His sevenfold gifts. May He send us the gift of wisdom, which will make us relish the Tree of Life that is none other than Yourself; the gift of understand, which will enlighten us; the gift of counsel, which will guide us in the way of righteousness; and the gift of fortitude, which will give us the strength to vanquish the enemies of our sanctification and salvation. May He impart to us the gift of knowledge, which will enable us to discern Your teaching and distinguish good from evil; the gift of piety, which will make us enjoy true peace; and the gift of fear, which will make us shun all iniquity and avoid all danger of offending Your Majesty. To the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit be given all glory and thanksgiving forever. Amen.
Prayer for Propagation of the Faith
Prayer to receive the holy spirit.
O King of glory, send us the Promise of the Father, the Spirit of Truth. May the Counselor Who proceeds from You enlighten us and infuse all truth in us, as You have promised. Amen.
Prayer for the Twelve Fruits of the Spirit
Eternal Love of the Father and the Son, kindly bestow on us the fruit of charity, that we may be united to You by Divine love; the fruit of joy, that we may be filled with holy consolation; the fruit of peace, that we may enjoy tranquility of soul; and the fruit of patience, that we may endure humbly everything that may be opposed to our own desires.
Be pleased to infuse in us the fruit of benignity, that we may willing relieve our neighbor’s necessities; the fruit of goodness, that we may be benevolent toward all; the fruit of longanimity, that we may not be discouraged by delay but may preserve in prayer; and the fruit of mildness, that we may subdue every rising of ill temper, stifle every murmur, and repress the susceptibilities of our nature in all our dealings with our neighbor.
Prayer to the holy spirit for unbelievers.
Holy Spirit, on the first Pentecost, through Your inspiration many were transformed, becoming adopted children of God and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. They were animated by the love of God that is poured into us by You, Holy Spirit, Who are given to us. Enlighten the minds of unbelievers, incline their wills to accept the Good News, and prompt them to be obedient to the Teachers of the Church about whom Christ said: “Everyone who hears you, hears Me; everyone who rejects you, rejects Me” Teach them how to pray and prepare their minds and hearts for Your coming into their souls. Amen.
Prayer of Spouses to the Spirit
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Spirit of truth, come into our hearts; shed the brightness of Your light upon the nations, so that they may please You in unity of faith.
Divine guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in You. God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Lord and source of life, dispenser of the seven gifts, sanctify us.
Divine Comforter, comfort me in all my sorrows.
Giver of all good gifts, grant me Your seen gifts and let Your twelve fruits ripen in me.
Instructor of the faithful, help me to understand Christ’s words.
Guest of my soul, help me to pray well. Amen.
Prayer of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
Before the multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to You, eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keeness of Your justice, and the power of Your love. You are the strength and light of my soul, In You I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve You by infidelity to Your grace, and I pray wholeheartedly to be preserved from the slightest sin against You. Make me faithful in my every thought, and grant that I may always listen to Your voice, watch for Your light, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and beg You, in Your compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, gazing as His five wounds, trusting to His Precious Blood, and adoring His open side and stricken Heart, I implore You, adorable Spirit, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Grant me the grace, O Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to You always and everywhere: “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” Amen.
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Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur. R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus. Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
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A Brief History Of The Prayer, “Come, Holy Spirit”
For thousands of years, Christians have been inviting the Holy Spirit – to come to us, to move in us, to manifest God’s presence among us, and to minister through us with power in the world.
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In John 20:22, Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
- In Acts 2 the early disciples welcomed and experienced the power of the Holy Spirit filling the upper room.
- In the 200s, Hippolytus is attributed with writing a prayer for the early believers that had them welcoming the Holy Spirit to move with the words, “…And we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit.”
- In the 800s, a Benedictine monk wrote a song equipping the Church to sing the prayer, “Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come….”
- In the 1200s, the prayer “Come, Holy Spirit,” written as a Latin worship poem called Veni Sancte Spiritus, took on a central place in the worship of the Western Church.
- And on Mother’s Day in 1980, in a congregation in California where John Wimber pastored, the prayer “Come, Holy Spirit” took it’s place in the life of a Movement that has impacted the world with its radical, risk-taking commitment to Spirit ministry in the local church.
Since the earliest days of the Church until today, in all the different ways we can say it, sing it, or pray it, the Church has been saying “Come, Holy Spirit – fill Your Church with power!”
“Come, Holy Spirit,” is a prayer that has been prayed since ancient times, in many variations and ways, as a welcoming prayer that sits at the beating heart of the empowered Church of Jesus Christ.
When we come to the world as Gospel people, like Paul, we want to come with a Gospel of power rather than one of words (1 Cor. 4:20). Every generation has found ways to pray this prayer.
Here are just a few examples:
- In the early 200s, early theologian Hippolytus wrote an Invocation of the Holy Spirit, that says “…And we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit….”
- In the 800s, a Frankish Monk, Rabanus Maurus, wrote a song called, Veni Creator Spiritus, or “Come, Creator Spirit.” The prayer begins, “Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come….”
- In the 1200s, the prayer “Come, Holy Spirit,” or Veni Sancte Spiritus took on fresh life and became a common prayer in the Western church. This historic prayer begins with the powerful words, “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.”
From ancient times to today, Protestant churches all over the world, as well as the Church of England, the Orthodox Church, and the Catholic Church all regularly pray this prayer in some way, shape, or form.
In the Vineyard, when we pray “Come, Holy Spirit,” we are inviting God with open hearts to manifest His Presence, to do what He wants to do in our gatherings and in our communities, and to raise our hearts in Kingdom expectation.
“Come, Holy Spirit” has been called the most essential prayer of the Church. So, together with all God’s Church, we pray “Come, Holy Spirit!” for the sake of the Gospel, for our lives and the lives of those we touch, and for the life of the world.
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This is the simplest prayer to the Holy Spirit
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Praying to the Holy Spirit should be a central pillar of every Christian’s prayer life, though sometimes we may not even think about it.
The good news is that praying to the Holy Spirit doesn’t have to be complicated and is much simpler than we might imagine.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the simplest prayer to the Holy Spirit:
The traditional form of petition to the Holy Spirit is to invoke the Father through Christ our Lord to give us the Consoler Spirit. Jesus insists on this petition to be made in his name at the very moment when he promises the gift of the Spirit of Truth. But the simplest and most direct prayer is also traditional, “ Come, Holy Spirit ,” and every liturgical tradition has developed it in antiphons and hymns. CCC 2671
Whenever we pray “Come, Holy Spirit,” we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives.
The Catechism also expands on this prayer by pointing out two liturgical variations of it:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Heavenly King, Consoler Spirit, Spirit of Truth, present everywhere and filling all things, treasure of all good and source of all life, come dwell in us, cleanse and save us, you who are All Good.
If we are ever in need of the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and grace, all we need to do is pray, “Come, Holy Spirit.”
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Holy Spirit: Fill Our Hearts, Fill Us With Hope, and Change Us
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.” – John 16:5-11
When I read scripture, I often try to put myself in the place of the disciples. I wonder how I would react in a particular situation. I have the benefit of looking back and asking the disciples “How did you not see that?” To do that is to miss the point in my opinion. They walked, talked, and ate with Christ. They were friends and went with him wherever he went. At this point in Jesus’s ministry he was telling them that he had to leave, and this was a terrifying prospect for them. Jesus knew they would need the Holy Spirit.
What I find interesting is that not one disciple inquires as to where Jesus is going. They were so terrified at the though of not living with Jesus that they couldn’t gather the courage to ask. As I put myself in their shoes I don’t blame them.
I would be terrified as well. Especially after all the bad things that Christ said would happen to those who believe in them. However, that was not the case and he was looking out for them as he does with us.
The Spirit Empowers
The Holy Spirit , the advocate, had to come to empower the disciples . In scripture passage we see the disciples as being scared.
When the Spirit comes they boldly proclaim the Gospel, preserve the truth, and helps them teach the ways of God. The Spirit also convicts the world of its sin, and is acts in the defense of the disciples.
Like the disciples we may be afraid and think that Christ has left us. The Spirit is present and working among us even if we don’t realize it. The Spirit works in the Church and through us today.
Through scripture and sacred Tradition we see the Spirit is working for the ultimate good of all of us. Are we open to the Spirit prompting us to action? Are we open to the Holy Spirit telling us that we are doing something wrong? What is the Holy Spirit telling you to do today?
Yesterday the Church celebrated Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. Amid the celebration our world is going through much turmoil. There is a worldwide pandemic and violence has spread across the United States.
We need the Holy Spirit now. We need his help. Join me in a nine day novena to the Holy Spirit. The words to day one are below.
Holy Spirit Novena: Day One In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Charity within us. The great charity of all the the host of Saints is only made possible by your power, Oh Divine Spirit. Increase in me, the virtue of charity that I may love as God loves with the selflessness of the Saints. Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Follow Along Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-to-the-holy-spirit Follow the link above for the other eight days of the novena. God bless you.
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. –Saint Augustine
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What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? The simple definition is this: A follower of Jesus empowered to live the life God intended for them by submitting to the presence, power and purpose of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
It has been said that the Christian life is not hard, it’s impossible. For many, defeat and discouragement characterize their Christian life. And while it’s true that the Christian life is impossible to live out of your own strength, God does not want defeat and discouragement to characterize the believer’s life. Because of that, God has provided His Spirit. He has commanded believers to live the Christian life by being filled with the Spirit.
It is vital, therefore, to drill down on this definition so you can know what it means to be filled with the Spirit.
According to this definition, five key terms need to be understood in order to be filled by the Spirit. Those terms are enabled , presence , power and purpose , and submission .
Throughout the Book of Acts, when the early church was just beginning, the Holy Spirit filled many people (Acts 2:4, 4:8, 4:31 and 13:9). But Christians are only commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit in one place in the New Testament.
Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (English Standard Version).
As the apostle Paul wrote the book of Ephesians, the image that he used was not random or accidental. When a person is drunk with wine, they are controlled by and influenced by that wine, and they do things they would not normally do. Paul is saying to allow the Spirit to empower you to do things in and through you that you cannot do naturally.
Remember, Jesus calls His followers to live life in a way that is impossible to achieve in their own strength. But when you are filled with the Spirit, you find yourself loving supernaturally and experiencing joy in the midst of suffering and injustice. You start growing more deeply in love with Jesus, boldly and courageously telling others about Him. And you find yourself joyfully worshiping, among many other things.
You could say that the story of the Bible is the story of God moving nearer and nearer to His people. He created man and woman in perfect fellowship with Him. But the first sin mankind committed broke that fellowship, and they were banished from His presence.
But, as the story progresses, God seeks to bridge that gap between humanity and Himself by increasingly drawing closer and closer to His people. He did this initially by having His people set up a temporary shelter called a tabernacle and later by dwelling among them in a permanent temple.
Despite the temple being erected and God filling it with His presence, the people eventually rebelled against God, acting as if they wanted nothing to do with Him. And so God’s Spirit left the temple (Ezekiel 10:18), and God’s people were removed from His presence by being removed from their promised land. And even though God brought His people back into the promised land, His Spirit never returned.
That is, until Jesus was born of a virgin and was called “Immanuel, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
And, as good as it was that God dwelt among His people in Jesus, God wanted to move even closer — not just among them, but in them through His Spirit.
God moved from dwelling among His people in the garden, to dwelling among them in a physical tabernacle and temple, to dwelling among them in Jesus, to now living in the followers of Jesus, declaring that the people of God are called the “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
The great news for the follower of Christ is that God has done what He had never done in all of human history. He has set up permanent residence in His people through His Spirit.
Ephesians 1:13-14 says:
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (New International Version).
Notice that Paul says that when a person believes the gospel, they are sealed with the Holy Spirit. They get all of the promised Holy Spirit the moment they believe. They don’t get more of the Spirit later. The Spirit indwells His children fully.
But, while the Spirit fully indwells a follower of Jesus, as was mentioned above, believers are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. Here’s the distinction between these two verses: when believers are filled with the Spirit, they don’t get more of the Spirit, the Spirit gets more of them.
An image that is probably not accidental is found in Acts 2:2 when the Holy Spirit first came upon the followers of Jesus. It says, “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting” (ESV).
When a person is filled with the Spirit, they are allowing His presence to fill their entire life — every “room” in their life, every closet and every junk drawer.
People were never meant to live segmented lives where they give God one part and not another. To be filled with His presence means that you allow Him to fill every part of you. It’s only in giving Him access to every part that you experience the presence of His transforming grace, even in those areas that you have walled off and hidden.
Power and Purpose
Along with His presence, to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with His power for specific purposes. It is impossible to separate out His power from what His power is for.
Power to Comprehend the Incomprehensible
First, notice what Ephesians 3:14-19 says:
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
In other words, when a person is filled with the Spirit, they are enabled to increasingly comprehend and apprehend the overwhelming and incomparable love of Christ for them.
Power for Completing the Mission
Second, the Spirit gives His church power to complete Christ’s mission to make followers of Jesus of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). We see this throughout the Book of Acts. After His resurrection and just before He ascended to heaven, Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (ESV).
If there’s one thing to know about the early followers of Christ even after His resurrection, it’s that they were scared and fearful. When the Spirit filled them, though, He turned these discouraged and frightened followers of Christ into a bold and fearless force that began to turn the world upside down.
Power for Purity
Finally, the Spirit gives purity to the church. Remember the frustration that the apostle Paul was experiencing when he declared, “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24, ESV). As he was throwing up his hands in frustration over his struggles (he even referred to himself as a “wretched man” at the beginning of that verse), he turned to the only one who could purify him.
That’s why Paul declares in Romans 8:2-4:
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (ESV).
In other words, Paul is declaring that all the commands of God in the Old Testament couldn't change his heart. And even though these commands (the Law) demanded righteousness, even Paul’s best intentions couldn’t live up to them. But, even though the Law can’t produce purity, Paul declares that the Spirit can!
And, in Galatians 5:22-23, Paul says that the Spirit produces a fruit within that cannot be produced otherwise: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (ESV).
The Holy Spirit produces the life change that nothing else can produce. The Holy Spirit fulfills the purity of righteousness that you cannot fulfill alone.
Submission answers the “how” piece of the question, “How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?” There are two essential elements to this submission: faith and surrender.
Colossians 2:6 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him” (ESV).
How did a person receive Christ? By faith, just as Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (ESV).
The Christian life from beginning to end is a life of faith in the promises of God. Romans 1:17 says, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘the righteous shall live by faith’” (NIV).
Faith in God’s promises, purposes and will for your life is essentially giving up your own purposes, will and even resources to live life on your own terms. Faith is submitting yourself to Him.
On one hand, faith is a passive giving up of control. But, on the other hand, faith is actively holding on to God’s promises and will for your life.
It is God’s will that you be filled with His Spirit. And because it is His will, you can be sure He will fill you when you ask Him to do so. First John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (ESV).
So you submit yourself to him when you ask to be filled with the Spirit by faith, confident that He will answer according to His will.
As you ask God to fill you with His Spirit by faith, you will not likely feel any different. You will not have a dramatic or emotional experience. But faith is not a feeling. You trust what you do not see (or feel). You simply believe that He has answered and will fill you.
The other aspect of submission is surrender. Three images come to mind on the subject of surrender:
- Open Hands : The first image that you should have when attempting to walk by the Spirit is that of open hands. It is a posture of giving God whatever you are attempting to cling to for life apart from Him. It is also an image of receiving from Him whatever He has for you, including His presence, power and purpose.
- "Yes" : The second image is that of continually being ready to say “yes” to Him as he leads, directs and redirects. Start every day with a heart that says to God, “Whatever you want, wherever you want to lead, whoever you want me to talk to, whatever you want me to give up and whatever you want me to do, I say ‘yes.’”
- White Flag : And finally, the image of a white flag. God wants you to raise the white flag of surrender. He does not want you to give up on Him. He does not want you to give up on Christianity because you feel exhausted trying to live the Christian life on your own. But He wants you to give up control. He wants you to give up the pursuit of your sin. He wants you to give up trying to live the Christian life on your own. Wave the white flag today and tomorrow and every day thereafter. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit anew today and tomorrow and every day thereafter. As you walk and stumble and get back up, confess, repent and raise the white flag on your sin and on your attempts to live the Christian life on your own. Surrender to His Spirit so you can experience more of His presence, more of His power and more of His purposes in your life.
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Seek comfort and guidance with prayers to the Holy Spirit. Connect spiritually and reflect on your faith with these heartfelt invocations.
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Updated: September 8, 2023
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Wisdom
Gracious Holy Spirit, my Guiding Light, infuse in me your divine wisdom. As I traverse through this life, may I be guided by your illuminating light in all decisions and actions. Inspired by Proverbs 2:6, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding,” I earnestly pray for enlightenment and clarity to live a virtuous life enveloped with your wisdom. Amen.
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Prayer to the Same Holy Spirit for Patience and Self-Control
Holy Spirit, known the same yesterday, today, and forevermore, endow me with thy divine patience. Help me curb impulsive actions, leveraging every iota of self-control you provide. Through my trials and tribulations, guide me to remain steadfast in my faith. Be my anchor when my strength wavers; let your steadying hand remind me of the virtue in restraint. Amen.
Prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ to Experience the Holy Spirit's Power
Lord Jesus Christ, I fervently entreat You today. Bestow upon me the Holy Spirit’s power to fortify my faith in trying times. As the tides go high and low, let my faith stand firm. Let adversities not waver me from Your path, but instead strengthen my resolve to trust in You ever more ardently. Amen.
Prayer to the Third Person of the Holy Trinity for Joy and Peace
Dear Spirit of God, imbue my being with the fruit of Thy gifts – joy and peace. As your beloved apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…”. Let my life sing praises to Your holy name in perpetual harmony and gratitude. Breathe on me, Third Person of the Holy Trinity, with unity and a peaceful heart. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, Fill the Hearts Prayer
Implore, O Spirit of Truth, as channeled by John 14:26 – “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit…will teach you all things…” Descend upon us, come Holy Spirit and fill our hearts. In moments of despair, when the heart feels empty and the soul cries out for solace, embolden us with your power. Baptize us anew each day in your sacred flames to reignite our fervor and devotion. Kindle in us a sincere longing for renewal that only you can equip. Amen.
Prayer to the Eternal Spirit for Good Gifts
In You, O eternal spirit, I find my strength and refuge. As stated in James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above”. I entreat Your mighty hand to bless me with Your good gifts. May these boons fuel me to walk uprightly, embodying love, peace, and prosperity in all my days. Kindly infuse in me wisdom to use these gifts for the betterment of this world that so dearly needs Your light. Amen.
Prayer to the Spirit of God for the Seven Gifts
In the quiet depths of my heart, I call upon you, Spirit of God, and earnestly beg for the seven gifts of divine grace. Fill me with the radiant light of wisdom, maturing understanding and awestruck fear of the Lord; Guide me with enlightened counsel, enrich me with holy knowledge, breed in me a genuine piety and fortify my soul with steadfast courage. As I navigate life’s turbid seas, help me to better serve You and reflect Your image to this world.
Prayer to the Precious Gift of the Holy Spirit for Selflessness
Tremendous giver of life’s precious gifts, infuse my heart with the virtue of selflessness. May your Holy Spirit guide me, molding my desires to mirror Your divine intent. With fervor I seek You, urging love and sacrifice over selfish ambition. In this arduous journey from myself towards You, direct me, O Sacred Guide. So be it.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Enlightenment in Darkness
As the night enfolds, O Holy Spirit, I seek Your illuminating light. Blanket me with Your radiant wisdom midst these uncertain times, outstretching any shadow of doubt and fear. In my looming darkness, be my beacon, guide me towards clarity and peace. Amen.
The Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray
Guided by your love, oh divine, as Romans 8:26 tells us: “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us…” So, I bow before you today, humbly seeking that same Holy Spirit to take my simple words and weave them into prayers worthy of your majesty. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide me in all communication with you. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts
Immense Spirit of Divinity, I humbly place myself before You. Intently, I seek the beautiful seven gifts. Breathe into me wisdom to discern right from wrong, understanding to empathize with others, and counsel to guide my steps. Fill my heart with fortitude for trials unseen, knowledge for life’s mysteries, piety that strengthens faith, and fear of the Lord to keep me devoted. Enlighten my journey oh Holy Spirit!
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Anxiety Relief
Beloved Holy Spirit, with a heart trembling and yearning for serenity, I seek Your divine guidance. Please fill me with profound peace that surpasses understanding. May joy overflow in my heart, replacing anxiety and fear. Grant me an abundance of self-control to guard my emotions and thoughts. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Job Acquisition
Invisible yet unimpeachable Holy Spirit, I seek your wisdom and good gifts in my quest for suitable employment. Unveil my talents and abilities more clearly, that I may utilize the same to serve humanity and glorify our Creator. Fuel within me the willpower to persevere till my search finds fruition. May your divine guidance lead me to a workplace where love, respect, and integrity prevail above all else. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Sick
Oh Most Divine, harness the power of the same Holy Spirit who spoke through the prophets, to enter into our hearts. As proclaimed in Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Thus we request, by your Holy Spirit’s power, may you energize those dearest to us experiencing ill health or weakness. In Your boundless compassion, grant them restored vigor and wellness. Rekindle within us all a spirit of resilience and faith. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Help and Assistance
Resting beneath your mighty wings of love, I find solace in your caring warmth. You come to us, Holy Spirit, just as you arrived on Pentecost, a mighty rushing wind. Your presence ignites in our hearts an unquenchable flame, for you dwell within us and guide us.
Fortify me with your resilience from Prayer 32:8 of the Psalms that says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Be my compass when I lose my way, be my energy when fatigue clouds my actions.
Now – at this moment of trial – I beseech your divine assistance. Lead me along the righteous road and aid me so I may overcome this difficult path set before me. In Christ’s name, ever holy and redeemed by His precious blood, I pray. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost
On this Pentecost Sunday, I reach out to You in devoted prayer. As the fire appeared and filled the entire house with Your divine presence, so too let that same fiery intensity reignite our hearts. Empower us anew, infuse our souls with Your celestial flame, reminding us of Your eternal love and guidance. Let us live our faith more passionately than ever before. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for a Miracle
Bountiful Spirit Who Gave, I approach Your glory with a despairing heart, longing for a miraculous shift in my current situation. Indeed, you who bestowed upon us the Precious Gift of the same Christ, transform what seems impossible into possible. Bathed in humility and faith, I trust in your divine intervention. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit Prayer
Through the mystery of faith and the gentleness of love, I beckon you, come Holy Spirit. My heart yearns for your vivifying presence, my soul craves your illuminative guidance. Spirit so divine, take hold and dwell within me. Let your cherishing light penetrate the depths of my being. Come Holy Spirit fill me; lift my burdens and inspire every thought, word and deed towards a life consumed by Your abundance of grace. This is my sincere call to You, in faith’s blissful aspiration. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Protection and Safety
With an open heart, I call upon Your divine presence, O Holy Spirit. Be the lantern that guides my steps, never permitting darkness to lay claim. As God descends upon me with heavenly grace, may Your celestial shield protect me from harm and evils sight or hidden. This I prayerfully beseech You with unwavering faith. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Knowledge and Understanding
In the intricacies of life, my prayer sails to You, O Spirit Divine. Third person in the divine spectrum yet equally omnipotent, I seek your ageless wisdom. Please infuse me with Your comprehension, strengthening my discernment amidst complexities often veiled in obscurity. Grant that I may perceive clearly, grasp truths faithfully and live wisely under Your guidance divine. Your omniscient presence gives me tireless courage to journey on this earthly voyage bravely. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Financial Help
Craving Your divine intervention, unfathomable Lord Jesus Christ, I humbly seek Your guidance in navigating my financial struggles. I believe in Your boundless mercy and unconditional generosity. Please, God bless my humble efforts and multiply the fruits of my labor. May Your providence befall on every corner of my life, replenishing what was lost and illuminating a promising path ahead. In petition of grace and prosperity, I trust in You wholeheartedly. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Peace of Mind
As I weave through my earthly journey, Heavenly Father, I seek refuge in your eternal spirit. Bathe me with your divine tranquility. Quiet the noise within my mind with your gentle whisper of peace. Envelope me, Holy Spirit, in the comfort of your unequaled soothing presence. This I humbly ask, trusting ever so fully in your boundless love and mercy. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Discernment
Mighty Spirit of God, I earnestly seek your wisdom and direction. Unravel my perplexity and provide clarity in all decisions. Illuminate my path with your divine light, ensuring I am always aligned to God’s righteous design for my life. Rain upon me discernment to distinguish truth from deception. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit Before Confession
Gently revered Spirit of Truth and Illumination, strengthen me as I approach the sacrament of reconciliation. Strengthen my contrite heart, sharpen my remorseful understanding, and inspire within me a more profound sincerity to confess my sins. Calm the storm of my soul, allowing your grace to kindle within me a fervor for divine renewal and sanctification. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Courage and Fortitude
Invisible yet powerful, great Holy Spirit, I come before you in humble surrender. Imbue my spirit with the strength of lions and the resolve of saints as I traverse life’s turbulent seas. Your guiding light is my beacon; under Your mighty wings, I find courage and fortitude. Craving your tremendous grace, oh paraclete, grant my pleading heart serenity and resilience. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Impossible Situations
Master of Miracles, Spirit Most Holy, I find myself caught in a circumstance that seems impossible to overcome. Yet, my faith resides not in my capacity but in Your infinite power. Unseen Whisperer of Wisdom, inspire me that through You every odd can turn even and all complications find resolutions. Empower me with unwavering belief and courage to confront this challenge head-on as I strive for virtuous growth. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for My Son
Divine Spirit of Truth and Love, today I submit a fervent request for the safety and guidance of my dear son. May your radiant light steer his path, nurturing wisdom and fortitude within him. As he navigates life’s unpredictable waves, let your peace serve as his anchor, and your love his steadfast compass. This I humbly ask in blessed faith, Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for a Favor
Heavenly Spirit, in my own humble words, I seek Your divine intervention. Your guidance is the beacon in my tempest. Should it be within your holy will, bless me with the favor I seek, bringing peace to my restless heart. Provide me solace and courage for whatever lies ahead. Trusting in You always, I surrender all to Your infinite love and mercy. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Inspiration
Faithful Spirit, the time runs, and I readily admit my need of your divine assistance. In John 16:13 you promised, “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.” Echoing these sacred words, I humbly ask for your guidance in each endeavor. Kindle within me the fire of your love and enlighten my path as I embark on new undertakings. Let illumination flow through veins, heart and intellect alike. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for My Husband
Everlasting Father, nourishing my soul is Your wise Word, reminding me of Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage should be honored by all.” Therefore, in converse with You, I commit my husband into your omnipotent hands. Immerse him in the depths of Your divine Spirit; guide him through life’s pathway and guard his steps to resemble Your righteous character. We place our vows and our love under Your ever-watchful eye. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Guidance and Wisdom
Divine Whisperer of wisdom and truth, hand of guidance in times of uncertainty; trust is vested in your providential love. Come, Oh Holy Spirit, illuminate my path with heavenly light, embedding Your divine knowledge within me. May I lend my ear to Your word alongside every heartbeat. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Healing and Restoration
Magnificent Spirit of God, as I face the trials and arduous stretch in my life, I invoke your divine power for healing and restoration. Embolden me with willpower to overcome despair, and guide my heart closer to You. May your comforting presence soothe my soul and replenish it with faith anew. In this orison, I lay down my worries to you—the ever compassionate, carrier of celestial solace. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for My Daughter
In Your unending grace and love, I pray, Spirit of God. Engulf my child, my precious daughter, in Your comforting embrace. Imbue her with resilience against all trials; encourage faithfulness in all seasons. May Your guidance lead her toward righteous paths. As the flame of faith wavers, let Your holy wind fan it into a blaze ever ardent. Empower her heart and soul to live according to your divine precepts. In You we trust, today and everyday. Amen.
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Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
The origins of the prayer are not well known. The line “send forth your Spirit and they shall be created” is a direct quote from Psalm 104:30. The context of the Psalm is that all good things come from the Lord, and he drives away evil.
The prayer also echoes the words of Ezekiel:
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ez. 36:26).
The prayer is asking God to send the Holy Spirit to give us a new heart. This is different from just a fresh start; it is asking for a true transformation of our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is asking God to create us as his people.
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Meditation—Tuesday of the First Week of Lent: In the liturgical texts for today is hidden the mystery of the Mother of God, intimately connected with that of the incarnation of the Son of God. Let us look at the texts, and begin with the reading from the prophet Isaiah.
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me empty (55, 11)
We want to get out of this one-sided outlook belonging to Western activism in order not to degrade the Church to a product of our doing and planning. The Church is not a finished artefact but always living from God, needing to develop and achieve maturity. For this she requires the Marian mystery, just as she herself is the mystery of Mary. She can train herself to that fecundity only if she submits to that sign; only then does she become holy soil for the word. We should adopt the symbol of the fertile soil, we should become people who hope, harvesting their own inner lives, persons who, deep within their prayer, their longing and their faith, make room for growth. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Journey Towards Easter
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