As you may be aware currently at our church there are a group of us doing the Alpha course, which covers basic Christian teaching. We’ve had the privilege recently of having a night where the videos focused on the Holy Spirit, or if you want to be old school, the Holy Ghost. At the end of the talk a simple yet powerful pray was made, “Come Holy Spirit”.
It’s a cool thing to ask for the Holy Spirit to come. Jesus himself said that the Father wants to give the Holy Spirit…
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13
“Come Holy Spirit”, what a small yet profound and powerful prayer. I don’t know if we can fully imagine the impact of such a prayer made in faith.
Why is it profound and powerful? Profound that God would choose, and have long planned, to dwell in his people by his Spirit. That we can even ask for the Holy Spirit to be in us let alone for him to continue to fill us, is such a remarkable thing. Powerful because as the Spirit arrives, so does the potential of inward transformation and renewal. As the Holy Spirit comes, he brings alive the message and power that Jesus accomplished through the cross and resurrection. With the Holy Spirit’s arrival, we have heavenly gifts poured out on us, the Holy Spirit leads us, guides us, empowers us, fills us.
Yahweh had long told us through the prophets that a day was coming when he would pour out his Spirit. Joel 2:28-29,
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
And so, it should not be surprising to us that God wants to fill us with his Spirit. For some of us the filling of the Spirit is like a water tank being filled after a deluge of rain, it’s a very obvious and a full-on event. For others His Spirit fills us like a gentle soaking rain slowly softening us with his constant presence.
In writing this piece I am wanting to prompt us all once again or, for the first time to pray a prayer like we did at Alpha, “Come Holy Spirit”. If you are into hymns, you could sing the prayer with different words but the same vibe, “Breathe on me breath of God. Fill me with life anew, so that I may love what thou dost love and do what thou wouldst do”
As we make this prayer, we can be assured that God will take this invitation and pour his gift into us.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Trev Bell is Associate Minister at Holy Trinity Bendigo