Holy Spirit Prayer

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.

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.

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The Traditional Holy Spirit prayer

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!

Whatever our doubts about our suitability, we can invite God to live in and flow through each one of us.

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 choose right by inviting the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts.

We let go of trying to do it all ourselves.

We connect to God and allow the Holy Spirit to enter the world through us.

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Come Holy Spirit prayer

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.


To 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.

Thank you.


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.

If you notice a thought in your mind of what someone has done to you, and this is not helpful for 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 powerful and helpful to affirm that the Holy Spirit flows in this person and uses them for good.

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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

Come Holy Spirit, fill my life.

I am athirst I say 'Come'.
I take the water of life freely.
Please flow through me into the world.

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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