Prayer in Preparation for Pentecost -3

Prayer in Preparation for Pentecost -3

Lord, our God, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to stir up within us the fullness of your Holy Spirit. Help us to grow in our relationship with the Third Person of your Holy Trinity and to live in his power and use his gifts.

 Lord Jesus, you promised, “The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). Help us to remember that we don’t know everything, and that this is okay, because the Holy Spirit understands it all. Fill us with the Holy Spirit and His understanding of everything that is happening in our life.

Reading:  Jn 14:15-17, 25-26

Our Response: Fill us with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (R/-)

1.     Holy Spirit, Jesus asked the Father to give us the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17). Help us to recognize you in the scriptures. Open our mind to understand your truths, and open our hearts to accept your truths in faith even before we gain right understanding. R/-

2.     Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “The one who receives the seed that falls on good soil hears the word and understands it. He produces an abundant crop” (Matt. 13:23). Be the gardener of our lives. Nourish the seeds of heaven that you have already placed within us and make it grow so that your love, your ways, and your kingdom will always grow within us and produce much good fruit for others. R/-
3.     Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say” (Luke 12:11-12). Help us to trust in you always. Help us to remember that with you, nothing is impossible, and that you work everything according to what is good and right and timely, even if it doesn’t seem so to us. R/-

4.     Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and everything else you need will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33). Help us to let go of all our unnecessary attachments. First help us to recognize what we are attached to that is not of you, and then hold our hand as we walk away from them. Give us the determination and the strength to let go so that we have no other gods before us. We want only you. R/-


5.     Holy Spirit, you are the Comforter. Help us to let go of the losses in our life. Heal our heart. And help us to face our sinfulness and to feel genuine sorrow for the damage ~ both intentional and unintentional ~ that we have inflicted on others and in so doing have inflicted on Jesus. Comfort us as we mourn our need for forgiveness, and give us your spirit of rejoicing over this new growth in us. R/-

6.     Holy Spirit, Jesus freely chose to suffer and die for us because of His tremendous love for us. we have pains in our life ~ hurts, wounds, sufferings, trials, difficulties ~ and we want to run from them. Strengthen us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps so that we can walk our road to Calvary without fearing evil, and lead us into our new life of victory and resurrection. R/-

7.     Holy Spirit, Jesus said that He would not leave us orphans, but would send you to us (John 14:18). How often we have wept or complained because it seemed like you were not with us in our sorrows and sufferings! Help us to recognize your presence in all situations. Help us to turn to you and find you, for you never leave us nor abandon us. you care even more about us and our problems than we do. you are working a plan for our benefit, to make good come from everything that happens to us. Help us to discover your presence in every moment of our life. R/-

8.     Holy Spirit, you gave yourself to the Virgin Mary and she said “yes” to becoming the mother of the Messiah. Help us to say “yes!” to whatever it is you are calling us to do. we want to serve the Father and make Jesus’ love more evident in the world around us. R/-

9.     Holy Spirit, we have our own expectations about what we should and should not do. we now surrender to you our ideas, our limitations, our preferences, and our goals. Fill us, Holy Spirit, with all your supernatural gifts! Empower us to accept and grow in the supernatural life as much as the early disciples did. we want to be useful to you. we want to go where you lead us. Holy Spirit, send us forth gifted and empowered to make a difference spreading the Good News of God’s forgiving love. R/-

Come, Holy Spirit; renew us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Concluding Prayer:  Holy Spirit, I humbly request that the fruits you have planted within us, your faithful servants, grow and blossom into a revival. Birth within us your never-failing love, so pure and so true, to love those around us. Resurrect the unspeakable joy we once knew to bring happiness wherever we go. We make this in the name of Jesus, our Lord.

Concluding Hymn