(Day 4 of Nine days Pentecost fasting and prayer)
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:18
Let us earnestly pray this prayer as we begin this reflection “Lord Jesus, I ask for your forgiveness from my sin. I turn from my sin now and thank you for the forgiveness I have through your shed Blood on the Cross. I thank you that you have sent your Holy Spirit to live in me, to empower me to live a life pleasing to you. Lord, I pray that you will baptize me afresh with your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I welcome you now into my life and invite your fullness to fall on me. Please sharpen my ears to your voice and train my eyes and heart to the truth in the Scriptures. Guide me in all my ways and convict me of the sin in my life. Please equip and prepare me to carry out God’s work through my life. Please fill me with God’s love for people and reclaim all areas of my life for Jesus Christ. I give praise, now and forever, to thee Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus-Amen.” Brethren one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit is “Come Holy Spirit” though common but powerful when prayed in faith. Some may ask, why do we have to call the Holy Spirit to come? Why do we still talk of ‘new Pentecost’ or ‘outpouring of the Holy Spirit’ or ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’ when we are already baptized and maybe confirmed? It is undoubtedly true that we receivedthe Holy Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation and Ordination, but like the Apostles the Holy Spirit still keeps coming whenever we invoke Him to come. In the days of the Apostles, Scripture recorded frequent descending of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles even after the Pentecost of Acts 2. The experience of the Holy Spirit is not just ‘once and for all’ or once in a life time experience, it should be a daily experience. As such we should invoke the Holy Spirit everyday as the Church teaches us whenever we say “Come Holy Spirit fill the heart of the faithful.” Paraphrasing Pope Leo XII, we ought to pray and invoke the Holy Spirit… The more a man is deficient in wisdom, weak in strength, borne down with trouble, prone to sin, so ought he the more to go to the Holy Spirit who is never ceasing fount of life, strength, consolation and holiness. Dear friends, according to Fr. Edmund Tansi Emakpor, apart from the general programme of Christian initiation, there is need for reactivation, actualization, and sometimes adult affirmation and personal acknowledgement of the touch of the Spirit that we have received in our lives. We can receive fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit through ardent prayer, faithful celebration of the Sacraments, and prayerful study of the word of God in an atmosphere of spiritual yearning. Let us end our reflection with this powerful prayer by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (+ 1228) (known as the Sequence for Pentecost). “Holy Spirit, Lord of Light, from the clear celestial height. Thy pure beaming radiance give. Come, thou Father of the poor, Come, with treasures which endure; Come, thou Light of all that live! Thou, of all consolers best, Thou, the soul’s delightful guest, Dost refreshing peace bestow. Thou in toil art comfort sweet; Pleasant coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. Light immortal, Light divine, Visit thou these hearts of thine, And our inmost being fill. If thou take thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay; all his good is turned to ill. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; on our dryness pour thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away. Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. Thou, on us who evermore, you confess and thee adore, with thy sevenfold gifts descend. Give us comfort when we die; Give us life with thee on high; Give us joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.”
- Begin your prayer with this song, “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me……” (Sing it until it captures your consciousness).
- Let the fire of the Holy Ghost consume all spiritual filthiness present within me in the name of Jesus.
- Holy Spirit, increase in me the hunger and thirst for you, in the name of Jesus.
- Holy Spirit, heal every area of backsliding in my spiritual life in the name of Jesus.
- Take the prayer of the Litany of the Holy Spirit in section A.
Exercise: Pray earnestly for revival for all Christians that have backslidden in their fellowship with God.
Memory Verse: Numbers 11:16