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The Holy Spirit: Meaning, Prayer, and Scripture

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September 2, 2021

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Summary

Across the entire spectrum of the Abrahamic religions, you will hear frequent references to the Holy Spirit.

In church, in prayer, and scattered across Bible verses, you’ve likely heard the name. But have you stopped to think about what the Holy Spirit is and how experiencing it can further your spiritual awakening and connection to God?

The Holy Spirit can provide us with essential information about life and its various roadblocks —  finding our moral direction, making decisions, and developing grace. You can discover divine spiritual sentiments through the Holy Spirit when you know what to look for.

In this article, we’ll cover the Biblical origin of the Holy Spirit, what it truly represents, and how you can invoke it through prayer to bring its guidance into your life.

What is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit, referenced frequently throughout the Bible, is a common feature of all the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Samaritanism, Christianity, and Islam). 

It refers to the internal experience of God’s presence that can provide divine direction or intuition in a person’s life. 

It often arises during prayer, but it is also present in other religious experiences like church-going, song, and meditation. Some consider it to be a permanent aspect of the Christian experience.

‘The Holy Ghost,’ as it is sometimes called, is also the third element of the Trinity in Christian doctrine, after the Father and the Son. As such, the role of the Holy Spirit is one and the same as God. God is just making Himself known through a different form. 

We get Biblical accounts of the Holy Spirit in various forms throughout the scriptures. 

For example, in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, they wrote that the Spirit came down in the form of a dove during the baptism of Jesus, acting as the voice of God the Father. 

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Powerfully described as ‘the epiphany of God,’ embracing the Holy Spirit empowers Christians with spiritual gifts that can serve to strengthen faith.

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Scriptures on the Holy Spirit

Before discovering how we can invoke the Spirit through prayer, let’s take a closer look at what the scripture has to say about the Holy Spirit.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

It’d be hard to find a more succinct explanation of the Holy Spirit than this one from Corinthians.

The Holy Spirit is felt within us, but it doesn’t exist physically on its own. The appearance of the Holy Ghost indicates God’s presence, and thus, it can be a comforting antidote to loneliness.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).

As we can see from Romans, the Holy Spirit also has practical influence in our lives in the form of counsel and guidance. Seek it, and the experience may offer paths forward in the form of feeling, intuition, and faith.

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Prayers to invoke the Holy Spirit

Through prayers that revolve around the topic of the Holy Spirit, you too can experience God’s grace, warmth, and guidance in your life.

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Using the established principles of prayer, we offer four distinct prayers you can recite to invoke the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for renewal

O Lord, just as the sun rises and sets, we ask that you offer us your light so that we may be renewed in the image of Christ. Show yourself within us through the divine Spirit, and guide us towards better versions of ourselves. Hasten to make us perfect messengers of the word of Christ. Bring salvation to us, and see that we are worthy of your light. Amen. 

Prayer for union

Dear Lord, with thanks to all things that you have created, I give myself to you in eternal service. I ask that, as much as you are willing, you instill within me an undying sense of the Holy Spirit so that I can forever act in accordance with your will. May your divine inspiration always shine upon and within me, and may I go through life forever connected to your word. Allow me to faithfully enrich my life with the sentiments of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Prayer for freedom

Our Father, whose will birthed everything we see and know, please grant us the serenity of detachment from earthly things. Allow us not to be overcome with desire for that which is not becoming of Christ and his light. Through the Holy Spirit, please see to it that we are not shackled by wayward thoughts, have mercy on us. We live forever in your service so that we might one day join you in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

Prayer for unbelievers

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of all creation. From the Heavens and the Earth, we see your light in all things and ask nothing of you but to make yourself known to those who need it. Please depart unto the weak, the boastful, and the ignorant, an unwavering sense of the Holy Spirit, so that they might be saved. Show yourself to them so that they might change their ways and live in the image of Christ, as we do. Amen.

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Praying in the Spirit

Whether in conversation with a loved one, lost in group song, or with your head down in silent prayer to God, the Holy Spirit makes itself clear in ways that are profound and essential. 

If you are struggling in life as we all do on occasion, know that God can offer guidance. 

But you don’t have to seek Him in places outside of yourself. Look within, engage in prayer, and see the Holy Spirit in all things. 

You’ll find the answers you are looking for. 

To always stay connected to God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit, download the pray.com app in the iOS App Store or on Google Play.

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