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Prayer to the Holy Spirit

This page features a selection of prayers which invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into our lives. Further down there are traditional prayers, such as the popular Catholic prayer for guidance "Come Holy Spirit", and St Augustine's short prayer to the Holy Spirit for help. There are also contemporary prayers, such as "Such a Gift I Carry" which reflects on the blessing of the Spirit of God in the life of the believer, and a simple prayer to help receive the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit Prayer

(a traditional Catholic prayer for guidance)

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.
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,


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Prayer to the Holy Spirit

an uplifting prayer reading suitable for receiving the power of God in your life (N.B. the words to this prayer can be found here at Prayerscapes):-

Prayer to receive the Holy Spirit

Father God,
Thank you for sending your son to die for my sins,
That I may walk free.
Thank you for the wonder of his resurrection
And the promise that the Holy Spirit would be amongst us.
Thank you that I receive that eternal spirit within my heart when I ask.
I receive the Holy Spirit now in Jesus name.


(a short prayer to the Holy Spirit from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

St Augustine's prayer to the Holy Spirit

The following prayer was written by Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430), an early church father and theologian. Augustine developed the doctrine of original sin and argued that the grace of Christ is central to the practice of the Christian faith. In this respect his writings foreshadowed the Protestant Reformation's teaching on the sufficiency of Christ's death and resurrection for individual salvation.
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.


Come, O Spirit of God

a contemporary prayer song asking for the Holy Spirit to come:-

Such a Gift I Carry


Such a gift I carry
Within my heart and life.
A little piece of heaven's grace.
Upon my soul and mind.

Such a gift of wisdom
Weaved through my every thought.
A little piece of heaven's truth,
A love my heart has caught.

Such a gift of hope I have
Transforming everything.
A little piece of heaven's promise
Covers the greyness of sin.

Such a Holy Spirit
Given out to me.
This is such a precious gift,
A gift that sets me free.

(a prayer poem thanking God for His gift of the Holy Spirit from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

A Famous Prayer for Daily Guidance from God:-

Prayer of St Richard

Our prayers lay the track down on which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.

Watchman Nee (1903 –1972), Chinese Church leader & Christian teacher.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Guidance:-

Holy Spirit, Come!
Dwell in my heart.
Illuminate my mind.
Direct my footsteps.
Be my guide.


(a prayer to be guided by the Holy Spirit from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

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Episcopal Prayer for Pentecost Sunday
(Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Church, and is held seven weeks {49 days} after Easter Sunday.)

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit:
Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


(Source: 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)

Bible verses on receiving the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

brings power for evangelism:-

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Acts 1:8, (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to His followers:-

"And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago."

Eph 1:13b, (NLT)

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