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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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9 Best Prayers for the Holy Spirit Power
The Holy Spirit helps to guide us and leads us towards living a more Christ-filled life. These 9 prayers for the Holy Spirit’s power will help you to reach out for the Lord’s guidance and strength.
Rain on Us Prayer Holy Spirit, our Comforter, and our Friend, as we stand on Your Word, we ask that You rain down on us. Let Your power fall on us and change our hearts. Open heaven wide and pour out the rain of Your Holy Spirit over our church and our lives. Change us, renew us, empower us. We need Your touch again. Precious gift from heaven, send us Your cleansing rain. Amen.
Give Us Power Prayer Holy Spirit, our Living Hope, we long for Your glory and power. Our hearts long to be overcome by Your presence. Like a mighty rushing wind, fill this place. Baptize us with Your fire. Spirit of truth, teach us all things and bring to remembrance the words of Jesus. Guide us into all truth. Give us power in our weakness to speak the Word of God with boldness. Amen.
Help Us Understand Your Power Prayer Glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, please give us spiritual wisdom and insight and flood our hearts with light. Help us to understand the incredible greatness of Your Holy Spirit’s power for us who believe You – the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Help us to comprehend that this power is living and breathing in us and help us activate this power for Your Kingdom. Amen.
Empower Us to do Your Works Prayer Heavenly Father, Your Word tells us that as You are, so are we in the world. Your Holy Spirit lives in us, and through His power, we are Your representatives. Jesus, You said that we would do the same works that You did, and even greater, through the power of Your Spirit. As we make ourselves living sacrifices, pour out the power of Your Holy Spirit on us and enable us to do Your works on earth. Amen.
Your Mighty Power within Us Prayer Holy Spirit, we give all glory to You, for through Your mighty power at work within us, You are able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Help us not to grieve You, dear Spirit, but to submit to You and allow Your power to have full sway in us. We thank You for Your gracious presence dwelling within us. Glory to You in the Church and in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Embolden Us to Share Your Gospel Prayer Holy Trinity, we thank You for the riches we have inherited as God’s children. We thank You that by Your grace and mighty power, we have been given the privilege of serving You and spreading the good news of the endless treasures of knowing You. We ask for the power of Your Holy Spirit to overcome us and make us worthy vessels for Your service. Through Your power, embolden us and guide our words as we share Your gospel with the world. Amen.
The Power of Your Gifts Prayer Holy Spirit, we thank You for the special powers and abilities You have given to us. You are the source of the many different spiritual gifts that You distribute to believers so that we can help each other and build up the church. Empower us, we pray, with Your gifts of teaching, miracles, healing, helping others, leadership and more! But most of all, empower us to love You with all our heart, soul and mind and to love others as we love ourselves. Amen.
Empower Us with Inner Strength Prayer Creator of everything in heaven and on earth, we pray that from Your glorious, unlimited resources You will empower us with inner strength through Your Spirit. May our roots grow deep into Your love and keep us strong. As we experience the incomprehensible love of Christ, may we be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from You. Amen.
Power for Holiness Prayer Dear God, we abound in hope by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Fill us with all joy and peace as we believe in You. Holy Spirit, empower our lives to produce Your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Only through Your power can we live in holiness and in victory over sin. Convict us, fill us, and empower us. Amen.
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In this article, we will look at some prayers for the Holy Spirit that you can use during your alone time with the Lord.
The work and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit are crucial to the believer and for the whole body of Christ. We see this when we read in Acts 2:17 ,
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
This is why it’s important that we pray for the Holy Spirit to come, fill us, and be poured out. And that’s exactly what we are going to do today! We will go through 8 different prayers that will help you during your devotional time with the Lord or as an aid to pray in a group.
Before Using Prayers for the Holy Spirit
In all my posts with written prayers, I share the importance of making these kinds of prayers personal. Our Father in heaven desires for us to speak from our heart and sometimes that gets lost when we pray written prayers.
Some ways we can prevent that is by personalizing the prayers, add your feelings and desires for the Holy Spirit. You can even use these prayers as a springboard to help you jump into prayer.
A Prayer for the Holy Spirit to Come
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You because You are a good God. Your Word says that when You ascended to heaven, You did not leave us alone, but You asked the Father to send us the Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter. Holy Spirit, thank You because You are always here with us.
May we feel Your presence as You come and fill this place. We are glad that we can always come to You for comfort, counsel, and reassurance that God our Father is always here with us. Thank You Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
A Prayer for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Lord, we thank You for the gift and the promise of the Holy Spirit which You promised for everyone who believes in You. We ask this day for the release of the Holy Spirit in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Pour out Your Spirit on men and women, young and old in this place. We open our hearts to receive the Breath of God. Let us prophesy and move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit in this place.
We want a revival in this place, Father. We are ready for a greater move of the Holy Spirit, Jesus. Thank You because You are cleansing our hearts that we would be sanctified before You and we will be worthy vessels in Jesus’ name have pray Amen.
A Prayer for to be Filled with the Holy Spirit
Loving Father, Your Word promises us that when we ask of the Holy Spirit, You will give Him to us. I pray for a fresh stirring and infilling of the Holy Spirit. I will not be drunk with wine but desire to be continually filled by the Holy Spirit. Rekindle the fire of Your love in me, Father. Lord,help me to be open to listen and follow the Holy Spirit where He guides me. Let the Holy Spirit continue building me to the fullness of Christ. I ask this in Jesus’ name amen.
A Prayer for the Refreshing of the Holy Spirit
Heavenly father, I thank You because You are slow to anger and always ready to forgive me of my sins when I repent. This time I repent of my thoughts, words and actions that have been contrary to Your Word. Cleanse me, Lord, with the Blood of Jesus.
Transform me and renew me daily as I spend time reading and meditating on Your Word. As I spend time in Your presence ,I am grateful for a refreshment from the inside out by Your Holy Spirit to my spirit, soul and my body. Thank You because today I am anointed with fresh oil from the Holy Spirit, to fulfill all duties and responsibilities that are in front of me in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
A Holy Spirit Prayer for Miracles
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. – Hebrews 2:4
The Bible calls You a mighty man of war. You introduced Yourself to the Israelites as I AM. The God is the one who caused the red sea to part, who healed the sick, and who changed water into wine. You are the God of miracles. There are no limits with You. Nothing is impossible for You. Today, we ask for the power of Your Holy spirit to do signs and wonders.
We stand on the gap for the sick, for the poor, for those who are crying. Holy Spirit, please do a miracle for them. Come and do only what You can do. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
A Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Master Jesus, You are a Loving Savior. Before You ascended into Heaven on many occasions You promised to send us a helper. You promised to walk with us unto to the end of ages. Lord, we ask for the gift of wisdom , knowledge and discernment so that we might seek the things that are eternal.
Give us the gift of miracles, healing and increased faith that we might see our wondrous deeds in the land of the living. Thank You, Jesus, that You give us the gift of tongues with the gift of prophecy and interpretation to show the work of Your spirit in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Guidance
Whenever I lift my voice to pray for discernment and Your guidance Lord, I am reminded that You are a good shepherd. Forgive me for the times I have gone behind or ahead of Your plans. Father, I ask for Your Holy Spirit to lead me to Your perfect ways. I thank You that I don’t have to rely on my own wisdom, but I can depend on Your guidance. Thank You Holy Spirit. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, amen.
A Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Healing
Jehovah Rapha, You have promised freedom and healing to all those who come before You. The bible says that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. For this reason, I decree healing over my body and over every infirmity because I am the indwelling of the Spirit of God.
Holy Spirit, I ask that You breathe Your life over every facet of my well being. Just like the valley of bones, may Your healing power bring all dead things back to life. I decree freedom, restoration, and strength in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Learn More About the Holy Spirit
For the past couple of years, I have spent some time writing articles about the Holy Spirit. It has been a joy to study and learn about Him. If you are interested in learning more, here are some of the top articles you might enjoy.
- The Gifts of The Holy Spirit
- The Work of the Holy Spirit: 9 Powerful Ways He Works
- 32 Powerful Names of the Holy Spirit
- 17 Interesting Facts About the Holy Spirit You Should Know
I hope you have enjoyed these prayers for the Holy Spirit and that your faith has been stirred. We know a great outpouring is coming. May the Lord prepare our hearts for it and that many would come to Christ! Hallelujah!
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…
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5 Hope-Filled Prayers for Pentecost to Reflect and Rejoice in the Holy Spirit
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- 2021 19 May
Although Jesus has ascended into heaven, the disciples didn’t have to wait long before the Holy Spirit stepped onto the scene on Pentecost Sunday. 50 days after Resurrection Sunday, the next era of God’s kingdom stepped onto the scene. Let’s take a look at what happened in Acts 2 .
Acts 2:1-4 : “ When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [ a ] as the Spirit enabled them.”
The passage goes on to say that they had a chance to speak to the people, and thousands believed and gave their lives to Christ that day.
Let’s explore this meaning of Pentecost in the Old Testament and the power of the Holy Spirit that was given to believers on Pentecost Sunday. Let us offer some prayers for Pentecost to thank God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
A Prayer for Pentecost to Reflect and Rejoice
Need a prayer for Pentecost to celebrate the church’s birthday? We’ve compiled one below as well as several Scriptures you can pray over this day.
A Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, You are God. I praise you because you are holy, and I thank you for dwelling in my heart. Thank you for working in my life. You guided me into salvation, renewed my dead spirit, and you opened my eyes to the Truth. Thank you. Help me to see you more clearly – to recognize your movement in my life. Make me more sensitive to you so I can follow you more closely. Still, I know that I am selfish and rebellious. I need you to help me be obedient when I recognize your leading. I need you. I ask you for your help and comfort today. You know my pain and anxieties very well. Thank you for praying over me. Help me to rest in your comfort today. Help me to walk in you, the Spirit of God. Grow good fruit in my life. You are the one who produces these in me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I cannot live out these things on my own; I need you. Amen ( by Emily Hall )
A Prayer to Welcome the Holy Spirit into Our Day
Thank you for the spirit, a prayer to access the power of the holy spirit.
Lord, I’ll be honest, sometimes I forget that I even have the power of the Holy Spirit in me. I stumble about like I’m spiritually blind rather than walk surefooted like an empowered child of the King. Help me to access the power that You have already given me. Help me to understand what that power looks like. Help me to understand the person of the Holy Spirit better. In Jesus' Name, Amen.( by Sharon Jaynes, Girlfriends in God )
What Happened at Pentecost?
It’s important to note, as stated in this our article on 5 Important Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday , that Pentecost fell during the Jewish festival of Shavouth. Not only did this allow people from all walks of life to head to Jerusalem and hear Peter’s message, but the holiday also celebrated God’s provision.
God did not have the two events fall during the same day by accident. God has provided the Holy Spirit that day, to empower believers and to inaugurate them into God’s kingdom.
Interestingly enough Shavouth celebrated when God gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments and revealed the Torah to Moses, which many consider being the start to the Old Testament canon. It’s only fitting that the new chapter of the Early Church would commence on such a holiday.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit found the disciples of Jesus waiting in one place. The Holy Spirit descended on them like tongues of fire. They were indwelt with the Spirit, just as Jesus had promised.
The followers of Jesus went into the town, speaking in tongues. The people around them thought, at first, that they had too much to drink. But Peter rebukes this and speaks clearly—showing he is not inebriated.
Peter shares the Gospel message with them and calls for the crowd to repent and be baptized. Three thousand people in the crowd accepted this message and received the Holy Spirit that day.
This was the birth of the church, and the numbers grew from those who dedicated their lives to Christ that day.
When Is Pentecost This Year?
Pentecost always falls 50 days after Easter takes place (or 50 days total, including Easter). The holiday always occurs on a Sunday.
Pentecost in 2022 falls on Sunday, June 5 . Below we’ve compiled the dates of Pentecost for the next few years.
2023: Sunday, May 28
2024: Sunday, May 19
2025: Sunday, June 8
How Do We Celebrate Pentecost?
Prior to Pentecost, people in the church may participate in something known as novena : nine days of prayer. After all, the disciples, after Jesus ascended, dedicated the next days to prayer until the Holy Spirit arrived.
Churches throughout history have thrown feasts on Pentecost Sunday, calling it the birthday of the church.
Other churches today may have depictions or symbols of fire or a rushing wind, to remember how the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples that day.
There’s no “right way” to celebrate Pentecost, as the church has differed in its celebrations throughout the years. But we should remember the day as the day that began the church as we know it. Perhaps we can gather with our families and pray the Scriptures below to celebrate 2000 years of history in which God has remained faithful to his people.
Other Fun Facts about Pentecost
Pentecost fulfills prophecies: “ Pentecost fulfills the ancient prophecies of Holy Scripture. Peter was saying that “the festival of harvest” had then yielded untold bushels of cataclysmic change in the universe as a result of the empowering of the disciples by the Holy Spirit.” — Dr. Michael A. Milton
Peter would not have been the church’s first choice as a first pastor: “He is the one who constantly puts his foot in his mouth, constantly is having to be corrected by Jesus, but is in the inner circle. And because of grace and mercy, he is chosen to be the one who stands up in front of this throng, probably thousands, maybe tens of thousands of people to proclaim the gospel, there in the midst of a Hebrew celebration that was intended to remind the Hebrews of how God had always protected them.” — Dr. Ray Pritchard
The apostles were very different people than they were before Easter Sunday: “The second obvious change in the lives of the disciples was in their spiritual strength. After Pentecost, they were different people. No longer did they flee like sheep without a shepherd. Instead, they turned the world upside down. They turned the world upside down because they fully understood two simple things: the "where" and the "why" of Jesus' departure.” — Receiving Joy and Strength
More Scriptures to Pray over for Pentecost this Year
Romans 8:26 : “ Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. ”
Philippians 4:6 : “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ”
1 John 5:15 : “ 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. ”
Colossians 3:16 : “ Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. ”
Pentecost is a time for celebration and reflection. After all, the birth of the church took place on that day 2,000 years ago! Let’s use this holiday to rejoice in the moving power of the Spirit and anxiously await for Christ to return again and bring about the new heaven and new earth. Just as he said.
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Prayer to the Holy Spirit
“This is the mystery of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit illuminates the human spirit and, by revealing Christ Crucified and Risen, indicates the way to become more like him, that is, to be ‘the image and instrument of the love which flows from Christ.'” (Pope Benedict XVI, June 4, 2006)
Dear Father , in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you to stir up within me the fullness of Your Holy Spirit. Help me to grow in my relationship with the Third Person of Your Holy Trinity and to live in His power and use His gifts.
Lord Jesus , You promised, “The Counselor, 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 me to remember that I don’t know everything, and that this is okay, because the Holy Spirit understands it all. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and His understanding of everything that is happening in my life.
O Holy Spirit , Jesus asked the Father to give me the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17). Help me to recognize You in the scriptures. Open my mind to understand Your truths, and open my heart to accept Your truths in faith even before I gain right understanding.
O 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 my life. Nourish the seeds of heaven that You have already placed within me and make it grow so that Your love, Your ways, and Your kingdom will always grow within me and produce much good fruit for others.
O 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 me to let go of all my earthly attachments. First help me to recognize what I am attached to that is not of You, and then hold my hand as I walk away from the things of the world. Give me the determination and the strength to let go so that I have no other gods before me. I want only You.
O Holy Spirit , You are the Comforter. Help me to let go of the losses in my life. Heal my heart. And help me to face my sinfulness and to feel genuine sorrow for the damage ~ both intentional and unintentional ~ that I have inflicted on others and in so doing have inflicted on Jesus. Comfort me as I mourn my need for forgiveness, and give me Your spirit of rejoicing over this new growth in me.
O Holy Spirit , Jesus freely chose to suffer and die for me because of His tremendous love for me. I have pains in my life ~ hurts, wounds, sufferings, trials, difficulties ~ and I want to run from them. Strengthen me to follow in Jesus’ footsteps so that I can walk my road to Calvary without fearing evil, and lead me into my new life of victory and resurrection.
O Holy Spirit , Jesus said that He would not leave us orphans, but would send You to us (John 14:18). How often I have wept or complained because it seemed like You were not with me in my sorrows and sufferings! Help me to recognize Your presence in ALL situations. Help me to turn to You and find You, for You never leave me nor abandon me. You care even more about me and my problems than I do. You are working a plan for my benefit, to make good come from everything that happens to me. Help me to discover Your presence in every moment of my life.
O Holy Spirit , by the cross of Jesus we are healed! By His resurrection we live in the new life of total, unconditional love. Help me to share that healing love with all those around me. Jesus commanded, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Help me to declare with power the Good News of Jesus Christ. Send me to where You can use my gifts and talents to make a difference.
O Holy Spirit , You gave Yourself to the Virgin Mary and she said “yes” to becoming the mother of the Messiah. Help me to say “yes!” to whatever it is You are calling me to do. I want to serve the Father and make Jesus’ love more evident in the world around me.
O Holy Spirit , I have my own expectations about what I should and should not do. I now surrender to You my ideas, my limitations, my preferences, and my goals. Fill me, Holy Spirit, with all Your supernatural gifts! Empower me to accept and grow in the supernatural life as much as the early disciples did. I want to be useful to You. I want to go where You lead me. Holy Spirit, send me forth gifted and empowered to make a difference spreading the Good News of God’s forgiving love.
Come, Holy Spirit; renew me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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Thanks for the beautiful reflection as well as for the link to the Prayers to the Holy Spirit. I saw this link about a year ago, printed it and use it very often during my prayers.
You mentioned about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit being a necessity in one’s spiritual life. Let me share a little on this subject. My wife and I were in quite a bad spiritual state (practically anti-God) when we were told that we could not have a child. The Lord in his mercy drew us to a prayer meeting where there were testimonies by people from various faiths including some priests and leaders from the local Charismatic Renewal. We listened in particular to two gentlemen, a father and son.
Their testimony was so powerful and it touched us so much that I went forward to be prayed over when the call was given and was prayed over by the older gentleman mentioned earlier. It was such a dramatic experience that it gives me shivers even when I think of it today, 30 years later. I was in tears, shaking and shivering, and I received the gift of tongues on the spot. My wife saw my experience, and she too went up and had a similar experience.
Life was completely different after that. We were able to tell the Lord that even if he wanted us to be childless, we would be happy, as his will was more important that our want. It is only after this acceptance that the Lord gifted us with a son ten years into our marriage.
The idea of this sharing is to inform those who have not had the privilege of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to go ahead and attend a “Life in the Spirit Seminar” and I can guarantee you that it will be an experience that will overhaul your life.
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3 Mighty Prayers to the Holy Spirit
One of the mysteries of the Christian faith is the nature of God, because there is a picture painted of Him as three-in-one. The Trinity refers to the idea that God is three separate, unique identities that are also one being. These identities are The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The last one in that list is perhaps the most mysterious, but the one that guides Christians in their daily lives. People often pray to the Father and the Son, but sometimes feel hesitant to pray to the Holy Spirit. The Bible makes it clear the Holy Spirit is a part of prayer, with it guiding believers and even providing a method of communication between someone and God when they just cannot articulate their needs and pain in prayer.
Invoking the Spirit in prayer is acceptable, especially when asking for help in something for which the Bible says the Holy Spirit is there to help.
Who (or What) Is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of God, an element of His character that touches the daily lives of those who love Him. The first mention of the Spirit is in Genesis; “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” ( Genesis 1:2 ).
Before anything was created, God existed in perfect unity with Himself: Father, Son, and Spirit, together. After the Fall, the Spirit stayed in Heaven, but it would descend on certain individuals, selected to do the Lord’s work, or who had a particularly close relationship to God. It is described by Jesus as the Helper, or the Comforter, whose presence is with the Church until He returns, and as a seal on Christians so they are marked as one of Jesus’ flock.
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“So the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him’” ( Numbers 27:18 ).
“But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. So the land had rest forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died” ( Judges 3:9-11 ).
“And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him, for this is he.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed [David] in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah” ( 1 Samuel 16:12 b-13).
During the time before the Lord Jesus came to earth, the Spirit would rest with certain individuals, but not everyone, and it could leave them if they hardened their hearts or sinned greatly against the Lord. The most prominent example of the Spirit descending upon and then departing from someone was Saul - the first king of Israel. When the prophet Samuel first anoints Saul, “...the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them” ( 1 Samuel 10:10 b). Despite being powerfully used by God, Saul grows increasingly worldly. He disobeys the command to eliminate all the Amalekites, including their livestock, and finally, “Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul” ( 1 Samuel 16:14 a).
The Holy Spirit also dispensed gifts in the Old Testament. When the Hebrew people were making a Tabernacle for God, the Spirit endowed Bezaleel with wisdom and knowledge for crafting. Today, the Holy Spirit still dispenses gifts ranging from the practical, such as administration and teaching, to gifts like speaking in tongues and discernment .
Can We Pray to the Holy Spirit?
The Lord’s Prayer is considered the model prayer by many Christians, and the Holy Spirit is not mentioned. However, many Christians pray in the name of Jesus, something that is not present in the Lord’s prayer either.
The Bible says the Holy Spirit is a part of prayer; the Apostle Paul wrote, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” ( Romans 8:26 ). Knowing the Spirit is interceding when prayers are inadequate is comforting.
The Spirit is also the source of sanctification. It is what convicts believers of their sins, revealing even the most suppressed evil, and what cultivates godly character traits; “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. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” ( Ezekiel 36:26-27 ).
It is not sinful to ask the Holy Spirit to help with something that is under its domain during prayer. It indwells each believer to sanctify, convict, and prepare Christians for eternity in Heaven, and calling on it for help in those matters through prayer is appropriate.
3 Prayers to the Holy Spirit
A Prayer for Understanding
I thank you that You are full of wisdom, and that You want to share that wisdom with us. Holy Spirit, I am in a complicated situation right now. I need understanding and discernment to navigate it in a manner that does not hurt those around me, maintains my testimony, and glorifies God. Fill me with the divine discernment that only comes from the Lord, so that I can
navigate these rough waters. Guide me and help me to understand those who are not in agreement with me, so that I can see them the way the Lord sees them. Help me to know what is right, and to stand in the right.
In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Strength
I am weak, and need your help to do what is right. I am assailed on all sides by temptation, and my flesh is easily corrupted. You give strength to the weary and power to the weak. Holy Spirit, help me to feel Your presence, and fill me with the power to walk away from the things that are trying to pull me away from the path of righteousness. I need to feel Your presence, and I need Your power to say no. Spirit, guide me and lead me along the straight path and through the narrow gate.
A Prayer for Increased Godliness
Without you, I am wicked sinner, who thinks no good thought and does no good deed. I thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to seal me as the guarantee of my inheritance until I acquire possession of it, to the praise of the glory of God. Holy Spirit, please increase godly character in me. Make me more like my Lord and Savior through conviction and sanctification. Find in me and remove sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, enmity, jealousy, wrath, envy, and any other sin that consumes my heart. Instead, fill me with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I want less of me, and more of my God, and I need your guidance Holy Spirit.
While the Holy Spirit is difficult to understand, it is the way God abides and guides. The Holy Spirit is an active part of a Christian’s life, as long as they do not suppress it. It serves as the believer’s conscience, and to blaspheme it and ignore it is to bring condemnation upon oneself. Relying on the Spirit is a path toward righteousness, and reaching out in prayer for that guidance is a way to stay connected to God.
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55 Christian Prayers & Bible Verses for Receiving The Holy Spirit
Welcome, fellow seeker of divine guidance! 🕊️ As we journey together through life’s ups and downs, our hearts long for the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We’ve gathered some powerful and soul-stirring prayers for receiving the holy spirit to help ignite your spiritual connection and transform your life with renewed faith and purpose.
Prayers for Receiving The Holy Spirit
Short Prayer For The Holy Spirit
My Father, I humbly ask for Your Holy Spirit to fill my heart.
Open my eyes, ears, and soul to receive Your divine guidance. Teach me to walk in Your ways, aligning my will with Yours. Transform me, O Lord, into a vessel of Your love and grace.
In Jesus’ name, I submit to Your Spirit. Amen.
John 14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever
Prayer To Receive The Holy Spirit
Our Father, we come before You today with eager hearts, ready to receive Your Holy Spirit!
We humbly ask You to fill us with Your divine presence, for we know that when we ask, You hear us! And when You hear us, miracles happen!
Thank You, God, for Your infinite love and unending grace. As we open ourselves to Your Spirit, may we be transformed and energized to do Your will! Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us, Lord, and let it flow through us like a river of living water, washing away doubt, fear, and anything that hinders our relationship with You!
Ignite a fire within us, so we may burn with passion and zeal for Your kingdom. Empower us to boldly proclaim the Gospel and share Your love with those around us! Our Father, we trust in Your promise to send the Holy Spirit to those who ask. We are excited to see how Your Spirit will work in and through us, guiding us on this incredible journey!
As we stand here, arms open wide, hearts filled with anticipation, we say, “Come, Holy Spirit!” Fill, use, and lead us ever closer to our Father in Heaven.
We pray all these things in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen!
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Daily Prayer To The Holy Spirit
I come before You today, hungry for Your Holy Spirit to fill my heart anew. I am open and ready to receive Your divine gifts, knowing that they will empower me to walk in Your love and grace.
Holy Spirit, inspire me daily to follow the path You have set before me. Illuminate my mind with Your wisdom, and let my heart overflow with the joy of Your presence. Help me to listen, truly listen, to the whispers of Your guidance.
In moments of doubt or fear, remind me of Your unwavering support. Let me find solace in the knowledge that You are always by my side, working miracles in my life that I may not yet see.
Teach me, Holy Spirit, to trust in God’s perfect timing, for I know that Your plans for me are far greater than anything I can imagine. Help me to be patient and steadfast, placing my faith in Your divine orchestration.
As I journey through each day, let me be a beacon of Your love, reflecting the light of Christ to those around me. Use me as Your instrument, that I may touch the lives of others and bring them closer to You.
May Your Holy Spirit guide, strengthen, and fill me with Your boundless love. I surrender myself to You, knowing that You are the source of all goodness and hope.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Prayer To The Holy Spirit For Help
In humble submission, I come before You, seeking the guidance and presence of Your Holy Spirit. May my heart be receptive and my soul be still.
As I ponder on the beauty of Your creation, I am in awe of Your divine craftsmanship. From the delicate petals of a flower to the roaring waters of the ocean, Your handiwork is evident in every detail.
I yearn for Your Holy Spirit to flow within me like the rivers that carve their paths through the earth. Shape my thoughts, words, and actions, so that they may align with Your divine will.
In moments of struggle, I pray for Your Spirit to be my strength, lifting me up when I falter. In the face of temptation, may Your presence fortify my resolve to walk in Your ways.
O Holy Spirit, bring forth the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control within me. May I be a vessel for Your glory as I receive Your gifts.
Illuminate my path, so that I may see the way forward through the darkness. Let Your wisdom guide me, and Your understanding empowers me as I navigate life’s complexities.
My Lord, in the stillness of my heart, I invite You to transform me through Your Holy Spirit. May my life be a testament to Your love, grace, and mercy, and may I forever dwell in Your presence.
Corinthians 6:19 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;
Prayer For Someone To Receive The Holy Spirit
In Your divine presence, I stand humbly, seeking the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit. I yearn for the comfort, guidance, and strength that only Your Spirit can provide.
Angels of God, I call upon you. With your radiant light, surround me and assist me in my journey toward spiritual growth. Unite with me, imploring the Holy Spirit to descend upon my heart and soul.
Oh, Holy Spirit, cleanse my thoughts and purify my intentions. Set ablaze within me the fire of Your love, that I may burn with the desire to serve You and Your people.
I ask for Your wisdom to discern Your will in every situation. Gift me with the courage to stand firm in my faith, even when the world challenges me.
Fill me, Holy Spirit, with the fruits of love, joy, and peace so that I may be a beacon of Your presence to all I encounter. Mold me into a vessel worthy of Your grace, and use me to further Your kingdom.
With unyielding faith, I open my heart and mind to You, Holy Spirit. Dwell within me, and transform me into the person You have called me to be.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
Simple Prayer To The Holy Spirit
Oh Lord, Mighty and wondrous Holy Spirit, descend upon me.
In awe, I stand before You, Seeking Your divine presence in my heart. Breathe your life into me, ignite my soul with Your eternal flame. Oh, Holy Spirit, guide me with Your wisdom, strength, and understanding.
In moments of doubt, remind me to trust in Your perfect timing, oh Lord. Grace me with Your courage, as I walk the path You have laid before me. In Your embrace, may I find solace, healing, and inspiration. Oh, Heavenly Spirit, transform me into a vessel of Your love and light.
In humble gratitude, I receive Your gifts and rejoice in Your presence.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
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If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
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.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Prayer Points for Receiving The Holy Spirit
- Pray that you welcome the Holy Spirit with an open heart.
- Pray for wisdom to recognize the Spirit’s guidance.
- Pray to grow and use your spiritual gifts.
- Pray for the courage to share your faith.
- Pray for the Spirit’s healing and transformation.
- Pray for a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
- Pray to develop a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit.
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19 Prayer Points For Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit
Here are prayer points for outpouring of the Holy Spirit you can use to pray.
The Bible is replete with so many instances where believers where filled with the Holy Spirit.
And a closer look at those instances points to one thing: it is in prayer that the Holy Spirit is poured out.
That’s to say, prayer is what induces the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Knowing that therefore, we have decided to put together these prayer points for outpouring of the Holy Spirit so that you can also induce the outpouring.
One thing is sure, these prayer points for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, when prayed in faith, will open the heavens over you, culminating in an experience of God presence to the overflow.
So then, let’s get to it.
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Prayer Points For Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit
The following are prayer points for outpouring of the Holy Spirit you can pray right away to induce an outpouring over your life, family, church, and ministry and even over your city and nation:
1. Pray and say; Father, thank you for the gift and promise of the Holy Spirit which you promised to everyone who believes everywhere in the world, in Jesus name.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” ( Acts 2:38-39, NIV )
2. Pray and ask Jesus the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit to fill you to the overflow with His precious Holy Spirit, in Jesus name.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. (Matthew 3:11, KJV)
3. Pray and ask the Father to purify your hearts by faith in the blood of Jesus to receive a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus name.
And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. (Acts 15:9, KJV)
4. Pray and ask the Father to baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire as promised in His word, in Jesus name.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:5, KJV)
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5. Pray and ask the Father to visit your church with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit with accompany signs, in Jesus name.
6. Ask the Lord to shake your church and fellowship with a fresh outpouring of the Spirit in mighty signs and wonders, in Jesus name.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31, KJV)
7. Pray and ask the Lord to visit your church with the Spirit of grace and supplication resulting in revival, in Jesus name.
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. ( Zechariah 12:10, NIV )
8. Pray and ask the Father to re-ignite the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life and that of your church, in Jesus name.
9. Pray and ask the Lord to specifically visit your family with deep convictions produced by the Holy Spirit so that every unsaved member of the family will be saved, in Jesus name.
10. Pray and ask the Lord to cause the divine presence of the Holy Spirit to settle in your city and town, resulting in massive conversion of souls and true revival, in Jesus name.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. (Joel 2:28-29, KJV)
11. Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit again such that mighty miracles of healing and deliverance will become the norm once again, in the name of Jesus Christ.
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. (Act 5:12, KJV)
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12. Ask the Lord to revive the power gifts of the Spirit – miracles, healings and faith with a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit, in Jesus name.
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (1 Corinthians 12:9-10, KJV)
13. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to burn with flaming fire in your church and ministry like the day of Pentecost, in Jesus name.
14. Pray and ask the Father to fill you with the Holy Spirit in might, power and love, in Jesus name.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:2-4, KJV)
15. Pray and ask the Lord to make your tongue a flaming tongue of fire so you can begin to preach with power and that every word that comes out from your mouth will be power word, in Jesus name.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, KJV)
16. Pray and ask the Lord to anoint your tongue with fire so that it can declare God’s word with power and fire bringing divine judgment upon the kingdom of darkness, in Jesus name.
Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. (Isaiah 41:15, KJV)
17. Pray and ask the Lord to fill your tongue with life and power so that when you speak, the dead (dead situations, people and things) will hear and come back to life again, in Jesus name.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (John 5:25, KJV)
18. Pray and ask the Lord to so anoint you power such that even cloths and handkerchiefs that get in contact with you will carry power to heal the sick and cast out devils, in Jesus name.
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. (Acts 19:11, KJV)
19. Pray and ask the Lord to burn with fire in your eyes, that everyone who looks straight into your eyes will come in contact with the flaming love of God, in Jesus name.
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:19, KJV)
Now, go ahead and begin to thank God for answer to prayers, in Jesus name.
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Nonetheless exhaustive, these prayer points for outpouring of the Holy Spirit are just to give you a head start as you begin to set yourself to pray for God’s mighty visitation.
They are bible based and will definitely deliver on the very outpouring of God’s precious Holy Spirit when prayed in faith and consistently.
Now, to be sure that you pray these prayer points for outpouring of the Holy Spirit well and sufficiently, we would ask that you pray them fervently in the spirit like no man’s business .
That way, you will be sure to touch the very throne of the Father with your prayers.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16b)
All the best!
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4 thoughts on “ 19 Prayer Points For Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit ”
I truly thank God for these prayer points, however I noticed that in the following section READ ALSO: Holy Spirit Prayer Points your teachings tell us not to pray to the Holy Spirit but yet that entire section is praying to Holy Spirit.
Brother Anthony, we are really happy to know that you find the prayer points helpful. There’s more there for you sir!
Now, the Holy Spirit is your friend, you are not supposed to pray to Him according to scripture but you can talk to Him in what we call fellowship prayer.
So that’s actually the motivation behind the ‘Holy Spirit Prayer Points’ post.
You can ask the Holy Spirit to breathe on you fresh breath from heaven; you can ask Him to fill you with more Zoe, all in Jesus name.
But you are not supposed to ask Him for personal mundane things, you are not to pray to Him for a need of a $100, you are to ask the Father for that in the name of Jesus.
I hope you find my explanation helpful.
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2. Father, I enter your throne room of grace and mercy now to recieve mercy and grace to keep going in Jesus name
3. Oh God arise and scatter all my enemies and adversaries in Jesus name
4. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every plan of the devil against my life in Jesus name.
5. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every enchantment of darkness against my life in Jesus name.
6. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every activities of witchcraft against my life in Jesus name.
7. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every satanic oppositions against my life in Jesus name.
8. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every evil limitations against my life in Jesus name.
9. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every force of darkness fighting my marital destiny in Jesus name.
10. I release the Holy Ghost fire against every marine force fighting my marriage in Jesus name.
11. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every demonic strongman fighting my progress in Jesus name.
12. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every wtchcraft coven fighting my marriage in Jesus name.
13.I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every spirit of barreness in Jesus name.
14. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every spirit of untimely death in Jesus name.
15. I release the Holy Ghost Fire upon every Spirit of stagnation against my life in Jesus name.
16. I release the Holy Ghost Fire against every ancestral connection in my fathers house in Jesus name.
17. I release the Holy Ghost Fire against every evil covenant working against my life in Jesus name.
18. I release the Holy Ghost Fire against every form of stagnation working against my life in Jesus name.
19. I release the Holy Ghost Fire against every evil utterance working against my life in Jesus name.
20. By The Fire of the Holy Ghost, return to sender every arrow of the devil targetted against my life in Jesus name
21. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume Poverty In my life in Jesus name
22. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume failure In my life in Jesus name
23. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume lack In my life in Jesus name
24. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume sickness In my life in Jesus name
25. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume backwardness In my life in Jesus name
26. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume Generational curses In my life in Jesus name
27. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume evil pattern In my life in Jesus name
28. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume barreness In my life in Jesus name
29. By The Holy Ghost Fire, I consume every evil deposits of the devil In my life in Jesus name
30 Thank you Father, for indeed you are a consuming Fire.
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For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered,
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? read more. For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified. I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all;
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; read more. for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” read more. When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. read more. Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
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10 Things You Should Know about the Holy Spirit
This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.
1. If you know the doctrine of the Trinity, you already know the most important things about the Holy Spirit.
Christians confess that the one God eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the classic, creedal, doctrinal way of stating what Scripture teaches about God (Matt. 28:20; John 1:1–3; Gal. 4:4–6), and one of its benefits is that it organizes our understanding of the Holy Spirit. When you find your mind wandering or getting lost in the details of pneumatology (the doctrine of the Holy Spirit), just call back to mind the basic Christian confession that there is one God in three persons. Securely locating the doctrine of the Spirit inside the doctrine of the Trinity automatically grants you the next three things you should know.
2. The Holy Spirit is God.
The most obvious truth that emerges from locating the Holy Spirit in the Trinity is that the Spirit is fully God. He is not a mere impersonal force emanating from God, or a poetic way of talking about God in action, or a creature commissioned by God to do his work for him. Nor is the Holy Spirit a slice of God, one third of God, or part of a team that adds up to be God. He is one of the persons who fully possesses the entirety of the divine essence. Sound Trinitarian theology is a constant, helpful guide that keeps us from thinking unworthy thoughts about the Holy Spirit.
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3. The Holy Spirit is principally from the Father.
God the Father’s plan, announced in the Old Testament, was to pour out his Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2). In the fullness of time, the Spirit came forth into the history of salvation (Luke 24:49, Acts 2, Gal. 4:6, John 14:26), manifesting the truth that he had always existed as the one who is breathed forth by the Father within the divine life. You may have heard that it is only the Eastern Orthodox churches that affirm this, but in fact the churches of the Western traditions agree about the fundamental point: “The Father is called the one from whom . . . the Holy Spirit principally proceeds,” as Augustine said. The Father-Spirit connection is something that should always come to mind when thinking of the Holy Spirit. It expresses the tremendous depth and intimacy with which the Spirit lives in the heart of God, and this, in turn, resonates with the Spirit’s deep dwelling in the heart of believers.
4. The Holy Spirit is also from the Son.
Though the Spirit is principally from the Father, he has never, at any level, been apart from the Son. Just as the Father and Son together send the Spirit into salvation history (John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7), so the Spirit in the divine life comes from both the Father and from the Son. You may have heard that it is only the Western churches (with their filioque clause glossing the Nicene Creed) who affirm this, but in fact the churches of the Eastern traditions agree about the fundamental point: the Spirit eternally flows “from the Father through the Son,” as Maximus the Confessor said. The Son-Spirit connection is something that should always come to mind when thinking about the Spirit. It expresses the way the Spirit comes to us as the perfect communicator of what is in the Father and the Son. Jesus said, “All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he [the Holy Spirit] will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:15)
God the Father’s plan, announced in the Old Testament, was to pour out his Spirit on all flesh.
5. All God’s actions are from the Father, through the Son, and finally reach their conclusion in the Holy Spirit.
Everything God does, God does in a unified way as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The works of God are not divided up and shared out among the persons of the Trinity, but are “inseparable operations” in which the Father is the source, the Son is the center, and the Holy Spirit is the end. This “from-through-in” structure of Trinitarian action means that when we encounter the Holy Spirit, we are not just experiencing the isolated action of one person of the Trinity—as if there were such isolated actions! Instead, when we meet the Holy Spirit we are caught up into the consummating work of the Spirit doing what he does from the Father through the Son. Conversely, when we approach God in the Spirit, we are moving experientially back along that same trajectory: in the Spirit, through the Son, to the Father (Eph. 2:18). There is a comprehensiveness in the Spirit’s work, to which we should be alert. It stems from his place in the Trinity, and works its way out in our relation to God.
6. The Holy Spirit has several names in Scripture.
From cover to cover of the Bible, the third person of the Trinity is referred to by a wealth of different names. In the Old Testament we hear Spirit of God, Spirit of the LORD, “my Spirit,” the Spirit, Spirit of grace and supplication, and finally, “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Gen. 1:2, Ex. 28:3, Ex. 31:3, Zech. 12:10, Isa. 11:2). In the New Testament it is Spirit of the Father, Spirit of the Son, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of promise, Spirit of adoption, and so on. A fundamental decision of basic, biblical theology is to recognize that all these names pick out the same person. The alternative would be to populate the Bible with a dozen or so spirits all differently related to God. Instead, though, the great variety of Spirit names in Scripture is an invitation to recognize the depth and wealth of its pneumatological teaching. The Bible speaks of the Spirit differently in different contexts, drawing out his significance for different aspects of God’s work.
7. The Holy Spirit’s primary name is a canonical masterpiece.
The one name that stands out for the third person of the Trinity is the classic name “the Holy Spirit,” with the definite article, the adjective Holy, and the noun Spirit. It is by far the most common New Testament name, strikingly enshrined in Matthew 28:20, “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” We only find it two or three times in the entire Old Testament, but when it does occur (Isa. 63:11), it is when God speaks through a much later prophet to account for how he was with his people in the Exodus, putting “in the midst of them his Holy Spirit.” This wonderful name thus reaches out to embrace the entire Old Testament, exodus to exile, before being taken up by Jesus and the apostles as the primary and definitive way to pick out the one who (as we have seen) has many names. And further depths of mysterious truth lie waiting in that name itself, which combines a divine attribute (holiness) with the divine substance (spirit) so consummately.
8. The Holy Spirit has made himself known perfectly in Scripture.
When we say the Bible speaks of the Spirit in certain ways, we mean that the Holy Spirit who inspired the Bible bears witness of himself in these particular ways. He has done so exactly as he wanted to. This is worth remembering because we often find ourselves wishing that the Bible were clearer about the Spirit. We would like to hear about him more concretely, more precisely, more elaborately. We wish he were as clear and definite as Jesus, and that more pages were devoted to describing his personality and actions in sharper detail. But the Holy Spirit has made himself known in Scripture just as he wished to. Our task is not to squeeze more out of his self-revelation than is really there; our task is to adjust our expectations—and where did those expectations come from anyway, if we think we can use them as grounds for critiquing Scripture?—to fit what God the Holy Spirit has actually revealed about himself.
9. It is not necessary to talk about the Holy Spirit as much as we talk about the Father and the Son.
A particular application of the previous point is that there is no need to artificially elevate the Holy Spirit to a place as conspicuously prominent as God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. Time after time in the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles are perfectly satisfied to mention the Father and the Son without going on to complete the verbal triangle by naming the Holy Spirit distinctly. It would hardly do for us to interrupt Jesus and point out to him that he failed to mention the Spirit! Perhaps we are tempted to do this because we sense that we have not reflected deeply enough or often enough about the Holy Spirit. If we do have a theological and spiritual deficit of that kind, then by all means let’s overcome it. But we will overcome it by humbly following the Spirit’s own lead, speaking mostly about Jesus, much about the Father, and—following the Bible’s clear pattern—rather less, by volume, about the Spirit.
10. The Holy Spirit is always already at work in our coming to understand him.
If the Holy Spirit is who he says he is, then believers can rest confidently in the fact that he is the one doing the work of helping us come to real knowledge of him. He is the prevenient person, going ahead of us to prepare the way of our knowledge of him. This may give to our awareness of his presence a kind of surprising or elusive character. Our first steps in knowledge of the triune God are toward Jesus Christ, who is the way to the Father. Only when we take those steps with our attention focused on Jesus do we begin to realize that the Holy Spirit is within us, alongside us, behind us, making possible those steps and that focused attention. He dawns on us, bringing knowledge of God to its perfection.
Fred Sanders is the author of The Holy Spirit: An Introduction .
Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is professor of theology at the Torrey Honors College at Biola University. Sanders is the author of The Deep Things of God and blogs at fredfredfred.com .
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