One of the essential core doctrines of Christianity is that we have a triune God. The doctrine of the Trinity states that God is the one true and living God Who eternally exists in three different yet inseparable persons. Those three persons are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity is a category of its own, so it would be best to study it from credible theologians and sources. Studying is beneficial because it expands your knowledge and humbles you as to the infinity of God, which our finite minds cannot contain. Regardless, the point is that just as we always pray and worship the Father and Jesus, the Son, we can do the same to the Holy Spirit because He is also God Himself.
Holy Spirit, I thank You because in Christ I am Your temple, which means You are always with me and in me. I can always run to You in prayer, spend moments in solitude with You, and praise and worship You as well, for You are God. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
What Makes a Good Prayer to the Holy Spirit?
What makes a good prayer to the Father and Christ would also make a good prayer to the Holy Spirit. Just as we depend on the Father and Christ for the grace, strength, mercy, and other things that we need – whether they are spiritual, mental, emotional, or physical – we can also pray the same to the Holy Spirit. Just as we pray prayers of adoration to God by exalting His name, majesty, splendor, and glory, we can do the same with the Holy Spirit. Also, just as we thank God for everything, we can do the same with the Holy Spirit, Who has been at work ever since we came to Christ. The point is that nothing changes because the Holy Spirit is God. Also remember that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are distinct persons. So, when you pray, remember Who you’re addressing in your prayers. For example, we don’t thank the Holy Spirit for dying on the cross. It was Jesus who died on the cross.
Remember that the Holy Spirit is Jesus’s promise to those who believe in Him. Jesus said that the Father will send the Holy Spirit in His name, and He will teach us and bring to our remembrance all truth and His teachings (John 14:26 But the Advocate, 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.). The Holy Spirit also convicts us of sin (John 16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:). It is one of His greatest promises. We would love the chance to have Jesus here with us physically, face to face, such as He was during the time of the Gospels. We can come to Him for help, ask Him questions to learn more truth, etc. That is why Christ gave mankind the Holy Spirit and the early believers waited for it in Pentecost because we surely need help as we live our Christian lives. But that help comes from the Holy Spirit, Who is in us and is our helper for Christ.
How Do I Pray to the Holy Spirit?
As mentioned before, praying to the Holy Spirit is similar to praying to the Father and the Son. You ask the Holy Spirit for help whenever you need help. For example, let’s say you are having anxieties. You can pray to the Holy Spirit to calm your heart, and you ask for the grace and strength you need to continue. You can thank the Holy Spirit for whatever it is that you are thanking Him for because, for sure, it is all due to His work. You can also worship and adore Him just as you adore the Father and the Son.
A good guide to have when praying to the Holy Spirit is to pray in line with what the Bible reveals to us as to Who the Holy Spirit is. The Bible tells us that He is our helper, the One Who brings us to remember all truths and teaches us with them. He is the One Who empowers us and also the One Who is at work in us, making us more like Christ. As you get into the Scriptures and learn what the Bible tells us about the Holy Spirit, you can pray in line with those truths.
Holy Spirit, I am currently going through difficulties in my life. However, I know You are the One Who empowers me to face life daily. You are the One Who gives me the power and strength I need. As I go to work today, help me perform with excellence. Whatever I accomplish, I thank You for because of Your work in me. Always remind me of what the Scriptures say whenever I need to be reminded of them and help me apply them in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
The Holy Spirit is not some force. It is God Himself. If you are in Christ, you become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 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; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.). That is why the presence of God is not in some holy sanctuary or place, not even the Ark of the Covenant. Rather, God’s presence is inside us. We are temples of the Holy Spirit because we have been bought with a price—the blood of Christ. Therefore, we are not our own but God’s, and we should live our lives glorifying Him.