Prayer For Holy Spirit Illumination
11 Holy Spirit Prayers for Miracles
When impossible things happen, people quickly concur that a miracle was in the works. These holy spirit prayers for miracles will transcend natural law and prayerfully bring supernatural intervention.
Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideals. You who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and you who are in all instances of my life with me.
I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything, and confirm once more that I never want to be seperated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be.
I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory.
Holy Spirit, You who solve all problems, who light all roads, so that I can attain my goal. You who give me the Divine gift to forgive & to forget all evil against me & that in all instances of my life you are with me.
I want this short prayer to thank you for all things to confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you even in spite of all material illusions. I wish to be with you in eternal glory.
Thank you for your mercy toward me & mine.
Holy Spirit, You who make me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals, You who gave me the Divine gift to forgive all the wrong that was done to me, and You who are in all instances in my life.
I want to Thank You for everything and confirm with you once more I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual Glory.
Father, I come to you today with faith so small I cannot see a way. I want to believe you are able to do more than I ever imagine. I want to walk by faith and not by sight. God, please bring a miracle into my life. I know that you can do the impossible in my life and I am trusting in your promises. Thank you for being a God who sees and hears my every need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for answering my prayers and performing miracles in my life every day. Just the fact that I woke up this morning and can take a breath is a gift from You. Help me to never take my health and loved ones for granted. Help me to always stand in faith and keep my focus on You when unexpected circumstances arise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Dear God, thank you that you love me and want to keep me from depending on other things instead of you. Forgive me for when I’ve depended on my job and other people instead of you. Thank you that you haven’t forgotten me.
Lord, the days ahead may be a little scary at times, but I understand now that the path to a miracle is through uncomfortable territory. I understand now that the source of a miracle will be unexpected, so I shouldn’t try to figure it out. I should just trust you.When you tell me what to do, and it doesn’t always make sense, I will still do what you want me to do.
Help me to remember that you’re all I need and that where you guide, you’ll provide. I want to learn to trust you one day at a time. I want to go your way, not my way. I want to follow you, and I ask you to save me and come into my life. I claim your promise that if I trust you, you’ll meet my needs. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God above, I stand before You today as Your humble servant, powerless and weak when compared to Your vast excellence. In this world and the next, You control all, including my life and I stand to gain everything in my worship of Your name.
Lord Almighty, I pray for instant miracles that will turn the supposed disadvantages in my life to advantages.
Your miracles will touch all parts of my life and testimonies will not be far from my mouth in my long life Father.
I pray that You allow not the jest from my enemies and instead, make me a living wonder that will preach Your mercies all the days of my life. I thank You for Your answers and In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the Bible, it’s the miraculous feats that Your power can do. I saw how You healed the blind and my fingers traced down other examples in the texts the cleansing of the ten lepers.
Father, so, I pray for Your divine mercy and that You heal me completely in body, mind, and soul. Let Your divine power wash through all the nooks and crannies in my body and fill it up in The Name of Jesus. Make me whole and a walking testimony, so I may dance in jubilations to Your name. I uplift Your name for the favor and In Jesus Name, Amen.
Father, we pray on the behalf of “name of the individual who is sick” today to request for Your intervention.
We cannot do it alone and if we tried, we know we cannot stomach the potential consequences. So, we stand before You today and ask that You heal “Name” of his/her sickness.
Numerous examples are in the bible that are greater than this and there hence we know that this is a miracle lying in wait.Thus, we pray, with the knowledge that this will not keep him/her down and with his/her strength tomorrow, he/she will give thanks to You Oh Lord.
I thank You for the mighty help, and for allowing the thoughtfulness to pray before You, and In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
Just as You love me Oh Lord, I pray that You allow for such love in my life. Father, I pray for my other half, who, through thick and thin, will remain with me and encourage me throughout. I want someone who I can consider as my own personal angel sent from Heaven to take care of me and wise.
I need someone Oh Lord, who I will share moments with and make memories that’ll crack me up in joy when I remember them. Eternal love You have for me, he/she shall have for me too.
Lord, grant me a miracle such and let it just be an addition to the countless You’ve performed in my life. I thank You for hearing my prayers and granting me this miracle, and In Jesus Name I’ve Prayed, Amen.
As You’re the One who provides for the meek and needy, I stand before You today and ask for provision Oh Lord. I have bills unpaid, my personal upkeep at stake, and inability to show myself where it’s most needed in various cases in my life.
Almighty God, I have nothing and I know that through You, everything in this world and beyond shall be mine.
So, I pray that You provide for me and my family and loved ones, and by Your divine help, we will lack nothing. Thank You for Your intervention and glory be to Your Name, Amen.
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The Holy Spirit
There is a doctrine quite common in the denominational community that is making its presence increasingly felt among the people of God.
It is the notion that the Christian has the promise of a direct illumination of the Holy Spirit. This theory proposes that the Holy Spirit directly leads you to understand and interpret the text of the Bible.
The theory suggests that the Scriptures, as they presently stand, are incapable of being thoroughly understood. By implication, therefore, the divine message is incomplete. (But see: 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
And so, in addition to studying the biblical record with correct methods of interpretation, it is alleged that there must be a direct working of the Spirit of God on the heart of the Bible student. This miraculous influence effects an “illumination” that brings the meaning of the divine text into sharper focus.
The History of the Doctrine
The illumination theory is not new. Actually, it is a residue from the old concept of human hereditary depravity.
This is the idea that man is so hopelessly depraved by virtue of Adam’s fall, that the Scriptures are incomprehensible to his blighted mind. This dogma was popularized most prominently by the reformer, John Calvin (A.D. 1509-1564).
Some of the early “church fathers” introduced the idea that the guilt of Adam’s sin was contracted by all of his descendants.
Tertullian (A.D. 150 — 222) contended that a person inherits both his body and his spirit from his parents (De Anima, ch. 23-41). Later, Augustine (A.D. 354-430) taught a similar idea.
Cyprian (A.D. 200-258) had alleged that new-born infants inherit “the infection of the old death” from Adam (Epistle lviii).
Origen (c. A.D. 185-254) suggested that a child is polluted with sin “though [its] life be but the length of one day upon the earth” (Homily in Luc. xiv). On this account, he argued that no Christian should celebrate the day of the birth (Hom. in Leviticum , viii.3).
And so, due to man’s supposed corrupted nature, he cannot understand the Scriptures without direct divine guidance. Calvin, cited Paul’s statement that “no man can say, Jesus is Lord, but in the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3) as proof of this dogma (see Calvin’s Institutes, II, II, 20-21).But this Corinthian passage merely asserts that belief in Christ’s lordship is dependent upon the revelatory mission of the Spirit. To suggest that it affirms that each individual must have a direct, personal miraculous enlightenment of the Spirit is to assume more than the text states.
The Holy Spirit is the author of the Scriptures. Apart from that body of information, no man can declare Christ’s lordship.
Ultimately, this precious affirmation must be attributed to the Spirit.
But this by no means establishes the direct illumination theory.
Calvin ly borrowed the illumination idea from Augustine. As Norman Geisler has noted, the North African theologian not only taught that the Holy Spirit is “the means by which we receive God-written revelation (Confessions 7.21), he is necessary [also] for illuminating and confirming its truth” (Homily VI; quoted in Geisler, 331).
Other reformers (e.g., Luther and Zwingli) taught similar ideas respecting the need for some special power of the Holy Spirit in order that one might be empowered to comprehend the Scriptures. This notion has filtered down to many in the modern world of sectarianism.
Henry C. Thiessen, a Baptist writer, wrote:
“[T]he illumination of the Holy Spirit. . . is vouchsafed to every believer. . . [which will] enable us to understand the revelation God has already made of Himself, especially that revelation of Him in the Scriptures” (45).
Roy Zuck is a former Bible professor at Dallas Theological Seminary whom I highly regard. His book, Basic Bible Interpretation, is a valuable volume in my library.
However, Zuck contended mightily for the idea that “[n]o one can fully comprehend the meaning of the Bible unless he is regenerate” (22).
He further affirmed that even the Christian “must also depend upon the Holy Spirit” for a correct view of the Scriptures. He quoted H. C. G.
Moule who wrote: “The blessed Spirit is not only the true Author of the written Word but also its supreme and true Expositor” (23; emphasis added).
The doctrine of the “illumination of the Holy Spirit” is not defensible — either on a scriptural or logical basis. Consider the following points.
The passages that are appealed to as proof for the dogma are grounded either in unwarranted assumptions that are imposed on them (see the reference to 1 Cor. 12:3 cited above) or else the alleged proof-passages are extracted from their original contexts and misapplied.
For example, John 16:13 frequently is employed to prove the idea of special “illumination” (see Zuck, 24). “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.”But this text refers to the apostles and, by implication, others who were to be endowed with miraculous teaching powers).
Those so empowered proclaimed the gospel in that time period preliminary to the completion of the New Testament canon.
This promise from the Lord does not have a direct application to Christians today (see Jn. 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:12-16; cf. also Mt. 10:19-20; Lk. 21:14-15).
It is a travesty to misuse these contexts in such an irresponsible fashion.
Here are some important questions that must be answered.
- If the Holy Spirit illuminates the mind of the Christian student, is the Holy Spirit as infallible as an expositor as he was in his role of author of the sacred message? If not, why not?
- Furthermore, how would we know if or when we have been “illuminated”?
- If someone affirms that he’s been illuminated with reference to a particular passage, may he ever alter his view of that text? If so, did the Spirit misdirect him earlier?
Then there’s this. If one person has been illuminated regarding a passage, are all others who take a different view in error? If two people claim illumination but they differ on the interpretation of a passage, how could I know which of these is correct — or if either is?
Can the Holy Spirit Do a Better Job the Second Time?
And perhaps the gravest implication of all is this. If the Holy Spirit could not make the Scriptures comprehensible to man the first time by the revelation in an objective written form, how can we be confident that he is able to make God’s will comprehensible the second time around by a seemingly subjective illuminating process?
Note professor Zuck’s concession. He says that the Spirit’s role in illumination “does not mean that one’s interpretations are infallible” (24; emphasis added).
This is woefully inconsistent with the esteemed professor’s endorsement of Moule, namely that the Spirit is both Author and Expositor of the Scriptures for the believer.
And if the “one Spirit” is illuminating these men (who accept this position), why do they disagree with each other in their doctrinal positions? Common sense says that something is seriously wrong with this theory.
Why Write Books on Bible Interpretation?
If the Holy Spirit provides illumination to men today, why do scholars who subscribe to this ideology write books teaching folks the proper methods of Bible interpretation as professor Zuck has done?
According to their theory, such efforts have no value to the unbeliever, because he has “no spiritual capacity for welcoming and appropriating spiritual truths” (Zuck, 22). And their books should are not needed by anyone who has the illuminating Spirit, the alleged “Expositor” of truth.
A Test of the Theory
What if we proposed the following experiment.
Select two spiritual Christian people and put them in separate rooms. Provide them with a difficult biblical text with which each person is equally unfamiliar.
Let one of them have access to a good library of reference works, and provide the other with nothing but an empty room and his illumination of the Spirit.
Allow each several hours of concentration. Then have each write his explanation of the obscure text.Most assuredly, the person with access to the library will have a better grasp of the passage than the one who has relied solely on the “presence” of the Spirit.
If someone objects to this test, we need only to appeal to the admonition of Christ’s apostle.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit [i.e., every person making a religious claim], but prove [test — ESV] the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 Jn. 4:1).
What Do the Scriptures Say?
The doctrine of special illumination contradicts the clear testimony of Scripture. The devout student is promised that he is able to understand the Word of God as given originally.
When Paul wrote to the Ephesian brethren, he affirmed that “when you read, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ” (Eph. 3:4). The apostle did not suggest that reading plus a special intervention of the Spirit would be required.
Later, he admonished these saints: “Wherefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17).
If the theory under review is true and if the Christian does not understand the will of the Lord — even though he studies diligently — the responsibility must be laid at the feet of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, Paul’s testimony could not be clearer. The inspired Scriptures are:
“profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, which is in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
The Scriptures alone are sufficient for man’s understanding of the divine will.
We have no doubt but that many of those who advocate the theory of special illumination of the Holy Spirit are sincere. But sincerity does not guarantee accuracy (Acts 23:1; 26:9).
Moreover, it should be a matter of great concern to church leaders that so many of our people are beginning to use this sort of language, reflecting unsound beliefs that they have adopted regarding the Spirit’s operation.
The problem is this. We have numerous Christians these days who have a most superficial knowledge foundation in New Testament doctrine. Combine this fact with the reality that many constantly are feeding themselves (or are being fed by others) on sectarian literature that is rank with such ideas.
There is an inevitable result in the wake of such a course.Surely it is time for some serious teaching in the church of the Lord on matters pertaining to the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit Prayer – How to Invite the Holy Spirit
The Come Holy Spirit prayer is one of the daily prayers which I committed to saying to build my faith when living with very severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS.
The Come Holy Spirit prayer is among the common catholic prayers. It is a prayer I know from childhood. It is such a powerful prayer and in my view is not said enough in Christian churches.
It was in an evangelical church that I learned once again to pray to invite the Holy Spirit to flow in me and in my life. I am very grateful.
Are You Willing To Be Important?
Are You Willing To Be Used By God?
The original prayer to the Holy Spirit above uses the words “Fill the hearts of your Faithful… Kindle in them”.
By doing so it gives me the option not to be amongst “the faithful”.
Below, I adapt the prayer to say “kindle in us” instead of “kindle in them”, so as to invite the Holy Spirit to flow in me.
Bible stories tell us that those who are called by God typically object, saying they are too small.
Moses, Saul, David all think God has made a mistake in choosing them!
It is important that whatever our doubts about our suitability, we invite God to flow through each one of us.
It is important that I invite God to flow through me.
The Bible also says: “many are called but few are chosen”.
A Course In Miracles gives an explanation of this Bible quote, saying:
“”Many are called but few are chosen” should be, “All are called but few choose to listen.” Therefore, they do not choose right.
The “chosen ones” are merely those who choose right sooner. Right minds can do this now, and they will find rest unto their souls.
God knows you only in peace, and this is your reality.”
(T-3.IV.7, A Course In Miracles)
We can choose right by inviting the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts.
We can let go of trying to do it all ourselves.
We can connect to God and allow the Holy Spirit to enter the world through us.
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My version of a prayer to the Holy Spirit
I adapt the Holy Spirit prayer with words to affirm that this renewal is taking place right now. “You (the Holy Spirit) ARE renewing the face of the earth.”
My Adaptation of The Come Holy Spirit Prayer
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful kindle in us the fire of your love.
As you send forth Your Spirit we are recreated.
And You renew the face of the earth.
AmenTo make the Come Holy Spirit Prayer even more personal, I sometimes replace “us” with “me”. Kindle in me the fire of your love.
Whoosh, that is a powerful invitation to the Holy Spirit to work in me.
A prayer of blessing and forgiveness
Alternatively I insert into the prayer the name of someone I am holding up in prayer in faith to God.
Come Holy Spirit, fill ________'s heart.
Kindle in her/him the fire of your love.
Inviting the Holy Spirit into someone's heart is a powerful prayer for blessing another and holding a vision for them to experience God flowing in their life.
Prayer really is such a confirmation that we are One in God. When I include someone else's name, I feel the Holy Spirit prayer just as powerfully for myself.
This prayer to the Holy Spirit can also be used as a great forgiveness exercise.
Instead of filling your mind with thoughts of what they someone has done to you, you can ask the Holy Spirit to work in this person and hold a vision for their ability to receive the Holy Spirit in their life.
Recently I have been putting in the name of someone I feel some anger towards. I feel my resistance to doing so. It feels very powerful and helpful to affirm that the Holy Spirit flows in this person and uses them for good.
(Click to read more about reasons why we pray.)
My Spiritual Experience With The Holy Spirit
This prayer to invite the Holy Spirit and another one from A Course In Miracles have been hugely important to me.
Back in about 2002 I started to have such a joyful overpowering experience of Spirit.
Some years later, in February 2007, I had a profound spiritual experience. For three days I was full of the Holy Spirit, and laughing.
At the time I was severely disabled and had a very difficult life. In this world there was not much to laugh about. But I laughed and laughed at the beauty of it all.
I feel that that laughter has never quite left left me.I often feel other less enjoyable emotions! But the laughter is there bubbling behind the surface appearances of this life.
I say this Holy Spirit prayer often.
The Origin of The Holy Spirit Prayer
One of the last verses in the Bible is about the Holy Spirit.
These bible verses are possibly part of the origin for the Holy Spirit prayer.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
(Revelation 22:17, KJV e-sword, Holy Spirit Bible quote)
The Holy Spirit prayer above invites us to respond to this scripture by saying:
“Come Holy Spirit.”
I love that. Are we willing to take the water of life freely?
If so, let us say this prayer of invitation to the Holy Spirit.
A prayer to the Holy Spirit is a powerful prayer to invite God into our life.
Another Bible verse about the Holy Spirit which serves as the origin of this prayer are the words of Psalm 103.
“Send forth your Spirit, O Lord,
and renew the face of the earth”
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Catholic Prayers to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit,fill the hearts of your faithful,and enkindle in us the fire of your love.Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created,and you shall renew the face of the earth.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Universal Renewal
Holy Spirit,fulfill in us the work begun by Jesus.Let our prayer on behalf of the whole worldbe fruitful and unwavering.Hasten the time when each of uswill attain a genuine spiritual life.Enliven our work that it may reach all human beings,all who have been redeemed
by the Blood of Christ and all His inheritance.
Take away our natural presumptionand uplift us with a holy humility,with reverence for God and selfless courage.Let no vain attachment impede the work of our state in life,nor personal interest divert us from the demands of justice.May no scheming on our part reduce love
to our own petty dimensions.
May all be noble in us; the quest and the respect for truth,and the willingness to sacrifice even to the cross and death.And may all be accomplishedin accord with the final prayerof the Son to His heavenly Fatherand in accord with the gracethat Father and Son givethrough You, the Spirit of love,to the Church and to her institutions,to every soul and to all peoples.
Prayer for the Freedom of the Spirit
Divine Spirit,Your gifts are diverse.You call some to give clear witnessto the desire for a heavenly homeand to keep that desire green amongthe human family.
You summon others to dedicate themselvesto the earthly service of human beingsand to make ready the material of the celestial realmby this ministry of theirs.
Grant all of us Your freedomso that by putting aside love of selfand bringing all earthy resourcesinto the service of human life,we can devote ourselves to that futurewhen humanity itself will become an offeringaccepted by God.
Prayer for the Indwelling of the Spirit
Holy Spirit,powerful Consoler,sacred Bond of the Father and the Son,Hope of the afflicted,descend into my heartand establish in it Your loving dominion.Enkindle in my tepid soulthe fire of Your Loveso that I may be wholly subject to You.We believe that when you dwell in us,You also prepare a dwellingfor the Father and the Son.
Deign, therefore, to come to me,Consoler of abandoned souls,and Protector of the needy.Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak,and support the wavering.Come and purify me,Let no evil desire take possession of me.You love the humble and resist the proud.Come to me, Glory of the living,and Hope of the dying.
Lead me by Your gracethat I may always be pleasing to you.
Prayer for Union with the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit of Light and Love, to You I consecratemy heart, mind, and will for all time and eternity.May I be ever docile to Your Divine inspirationsand to the teachings of the holy Catholic Churchwhose infallible guide You are.
May my heart be ever inflamed with the love of God and love of neighbor.May my will be ever in harmony with Your Divine Will.May my life faithfully imitate the life and virtuesof our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him ,with the Father,and You, Divine Spirit,be honor and glory forever.
Prayer to be Sensitive to the Spirit’s Promptings
O Holy Spirit,You sanctify the people of Godthrough ministry and the Sacraments.
For the exercise of the Christian apostolate,You give the faithful special gifts also,allotting them to everyone according as You willin order that individuals, administering grace to othersjust as they have received it,may also be good stewardsof the manifold grace of God to build up the whole Body in charity.
From the acceptance of these charisms,including those that are more elementary,there arise for each believer the right and duty to use them in the Churchand in the world for the good of human beings and the building up of the Churchin the freedom given by You Who breathe where You will.
Help us to learn especially how to perform the mission of Christ and the Churchby basing our lives on belief in the Divine mystery of Creation and Redemptionand by being sensitive to Your movement, O Divine Spirit, Who give lifeto the People of God and Who urge all to love the Father as well as the worldand human beings in Him.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit
O Lord Jesusthrough You I humbly beg the merciful Fatherto send the holy Spirit of grace,that He may bestow upon us His sevenfold gifts.
May He send us the gift of wisdom,which will make us relish the Tree of Lifethat is none other than Yourself;the gift of understand, which will enlighten us;the gift of counsel,which will guide us in the way of righteousness;and the gift of fortitude,which will give us the strength to vanquishthe enemies of our sanctification and salvation.May He impart to us the gift of knowledge,which will enable us to discern Your teachingand distinguish good from evil;the gift of piety,which will make us enjoy true peace;and the gift of fear,which will make us shun all iniquityand avoid all danger of offending Your Majesty.To the Fatherand to the Sonand to the Holy Spiritbe given all glory and thanksgiving forever.
Prayer for Propagation of the Faith
O Holy Spirit,You desire the salvation of all human beingsand for that purpose You want all of themto acquire the knowledge of Your Truth.Grant to all of themYour powerful Light and Your Love of Goodwillthat they may give glory to Godin unity of faith, hope, and love.Send laborers into the harvestwho are truly animated by YouWho are the Soul of the missionary Church.Amen.
Prayer to Receive the Holy Spirit
O King of glory,send us the Promise of the Father,the Spirit of Truth.May the CounselorWho proceeds from Youenlighten usand infuse all truth in us,as You have promised.
Eternal Love of the Father and the Son,kindly bestow on usthe fruit of charity,that we may be united to You by Divine love;the fruit of joy,that we may be filled with holy consolation;the fruit of peace,that we may enjoy tranquility of soul;and the fruit of patience,that we may endure humbly
everything that may be opposed to our own desires.
Be pleased to infuse in usthe fruit of benignity,that we may willing relieveour neighbor’s necessities;the fruit of goodness,that we may be benevolent toward all;the fruit of longanimity,that we may not be discouraged by delaybut may preserve in prayer;and the fruit of mildness,that we may subdue every rising of ill temper,stifle every murmur,and repress the susceptibilities of our nature
in all our dealings with our neighbor.
Graciously impart to usthe fruit of fidelity,that we may rely with assured confidenceon the word of God;the fruit of modesty,that we may order our exterior regularly;and the fruits of continence and chastity,that we may keep our bodies in such holinessas befits Your temple,so that having by Your assistancepreserved our hearts pure on earth,we may merit in Jesus Christ,according to the words of the Gospel,to see God eternallyin the glory of His Kingdom.Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Unbelievers
Holy Spirit,on the first Pentecost,through Your inspiration many were transformed,becoming adopted children of Godand faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.They were animated by the love of Godthat is poured into us by You,Holy Spirit,Who are given to us.
Enlighten the minds of unbelievers,incline their wills to accept the Good News,and prompt them to be obedientto the Teachers of the Churchabout whom Christ said:“Everyone who hears you, hears Me;everyone who rejects you, rejects Me”Teach them how to pray and prepare theirminds and hearts for Your coming into their souls.
Prayer of Spouses to the Spirit
O Holy SpiritSpirit of unity,Love and Goodwill of Father and Son,You have made us one in the sacred union of marriage,Grant that – the first Christianswe may be one heart and one mind.
Make us respect one another,help one another in our striving for holiness,and support one another.Be our Guide,our Counselor,and our Consoler.
Make us bear one another’s burdensduring our journey to heavenwhere we hope to live foreveras adopted children of the Triune God.Amen.
Spirit of truth,come into our hearts;shed the brightness of Your light upon the nations,
so that they may please You in unity of faith.
Prayer of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
Before the multitude of heavenly witnesses,I offer myself, soul and body, to You, eternal Spirit of God.I adore the brightness of Your purity,the unerring keeness of Your justice,and the power of Your love.You are the strength and light of my soul,In You I live and move and have my being.
I desire never to grieve You by infidelity to Your grace,and I pray wholeheartedly to be preservedfrom the slightest sin against You.Make me faithful in my every thought,and grant that I may always listen to Your voice,watch for Your light,and follow Your gracious inspirations.
I cling to Youand beg You, in Your compassion,to watch over me in my weakness.Holding the pierced feet of Jesus,gazing as His five wounds,trusting to His Precious Blood,and adoring His open side and stricken Heart,I implore You, adorable Spirit,so to keep me in Your gracethat I may never sin against You.Grant me the grace,O Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son,to say to You always and everywhere:“Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”
Study 6 THE PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL ILLUMINATION – Words of Life Ministries
GREAT PRAYERS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT by Francis Dixon
Scripture Reference: Psalm 119: 18
In this study we are to examine this prayer of David: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
” Our object will be to see exactly what it tells us and then to suggest ways in which we should pray this prayer, for it is a prayer which should arise from our hearts every time we read God’s Word.
If we consider Psalm 119:18 carefully we shall see that this one petition embodies five truths. First of all we learn that:-
- (1) The Bible is a unique book. In this section of the psalm it is described as ”your word” (verse 17); “your law” (verse 18); “your commands” (verse 19); “your laws” (verse 20); ”your statutes” (verses 22 and 24); “your decrees” (verse 23), and the emphasis in each case is upon the word ‘your’. The Bible is unique because it is God’s Book; He is the Author. David’s Bible was much smaller than ours, but now we have in the completed canon of Scripture 66 books, all of which are unique as they are inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
- (2) The Bible contains wonderful things. David says this in his prayer, and when we think of the scope of the Bible’s contents - its histories, types, poetry, doctrines and its prophecies - we at once begin to realise how wonderful it is. It tells us about God, man, sin, death, heaven, hell and eternity, and above all about the amazing salvation that is in the Lord Jesus Christ - look up 2 Timothy 3:15.
- (3) Before we can see the wonderful things our eyes must be opened. It was this that David prayed for - that he might ”see” these things hidden in God’s Word. We are just the two who were walking on the Emmaus road (Luke 24:13-35). As we pray the prayer of Psalm 119:18 the Lord Himself comes near, revealing Himself to us and opening our eyes, so that our hearts burn within us and we hold fast to His statutes (verses 31-35). Compare 1 Corinthians 2:14.
- (4) Only God can open our eyes to see the wonderful things in His Word. What we need is spiritual illumination, that given to Peter at Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13-18; compare Matthew 11:25 and Psalm 16:11).
- (5) To gain this illumination we must pray David’s prayer every time we come to God’s Word.
How should we pray? What things should we pray to see? There are three ways in which we, as individuals, should pray.
1. “Open my eyes that I may…” see myself and the sinfulness of sin.
We should begin here when we pray, for we were born in sin (Psalm 51:5); we have committed sin (Isaiah 53:6); and we only ever see ourselves and our sin as we look into God’s Word and He opens our eyes! In these days we are inclined to think that because of the progress man has made in so many areas, that our hearts are not so bad after all. Scripture teaches us the sinfulness of the human heart - Genesis 6:5; Isaiah 1:5-6; Isaiah 64:6-7; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:19; Ephesians 2:1-3. Now read about Lot’s backsliding (Genesis 19:1-38), Achan’s deceitfulness (Joshua 7:19-23), David’s impurity (2 Samuel 11:1-27), Peter’s denial (Luke 22:54-62) and Diotrephes’ pride (3 John 9). Are we any better by nature? When God shows us ourselves the revelation is very humbling. It was for Job (Job 40:4); for Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5); for the bride (Song of Songs 1:5-6); for David (Psalm 22:6); for Peter (Luke 5:8); for the Prodigal (Luke 15:21); and for Paul (Romans 7:14).
2. “Open my eyes that I may…” see the love of God and His mercy and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know the story of the grace of God so well, which is declared in John 3:16.
How all-embracing is the love of God! Read again Luke 15:11-24 and revel in verses 20-24! The great proof of God’s love is seen at Calvary, and when my eyes are opened to see the Lord Jesus dying there for me I cry out, ”the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20), and humbly say, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Have you had this view of Christ crucified for you and Christ raised and exalted as your Saviour at the right hand of God? Read Philippians 2:5-11 and say to yourself, ‘All this was for me!’
3. “Open my eyes that I may…” see the kind of Christian God wants me to be.
Do you ever read your Bible with this prayer on your lips and in your heart? If you do and if you read Psalm 1:1-3 you will see at once the kind of Christian God wants you to be. You will see this in Romans 6:12-14, Romans 8:37-39, Ephesians 4:31-32 and 2 Timothy 4:18.
God wants every one of His children to be victorious in Christian living and fruitful in Christian service, and He has made every provision for us to live for Him and to serve Him in this way.
The Lord Jesus has died and risen again to give us His own victorious life, and this life is imparted to us in the Person of the Holy Spirit.
These, then, are the three special prayers that we should always pray when we take up our Bible to read it. Many other things will be revealed to us as well - so let us pray this prayer and cultivate the habit of doing this often, remembering that the Holy Spirit is with us and in us, waiting to answer our prayer and to give the illumination we need.