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A Prayer to Recognize the Holy Spirit – Your Daily Prayer – October 18

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A prayer to recognize the Holy Spirit
By Meg Bucher

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept it, because it neither sees it nor knows it. But you know him, because he lives with you and will be in you. John 14: 16-17 KJV

The old church van drove through several neighborhoods as dusk fell on the downtown streets. The doors creaked open and the smell of gym class lingered in the air as the after-school group gathered around the game boards. Laughter filled the air as we took turns rolling the dice and turning over the cards. And again, the power of the Holy Spirit has united a gymnasium of strangers.

When we humble ourselves to serve others, while following Christ’s example, the Holy Spirit provides the strength and understanding we need to love the people God has placed in our lives.

John was Jesus’ best earthly friend. As we read the inspired words of John today, we can only imagine the openness he had to allow the Spirit to fill him in the absence of Jesus. When we miss our people, we want to be close to them again. When they are taken away from us, there remains a void in place of the part they previously filled in our hearts.

Power of the Holy Spirit

John certainly felt this in Jesus’ physical absence. But just as it was with John, the Holy Spirit is there to fill us with his presence. Let us continue to pray that God will teach us more about the Holy Spirit of the Lord.

Father,

Glory to You in the highest, A true Triune God. Today, Father, we pray for increased awareness to recognize the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us have hearts willing and ready to serve the people you place in our lives, confident in the Spirit that we will have everything we need to accomplish the tasks you entrust to us. As we serve others, we are able to experience more of you. This is what we were supposed to do. To bring you glory and honor through our lives. May each day that we live on this earth point others to our home in heaven.

Thank you, Jesus, for the sacrifice you so willingly gave of your life on the cross, and for letting the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, live and dwell in us and among us, until your return. Help us understand who the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, is. Soften our hearts and open the ears of our minds to listen and recognize the ways in which he nudges us on a daily basis. Help us to hear his advice and don’t forget to cry out when we need you. Even in times when we are falling apart and cannot string together the words to pray, the Holy Spirit translates our cries and mumbles to You, Heavenly Father. Thank you for the way You love us so completely, God.

Father, we know the Holy Spirit is powerful. If there is more of You available to us in this life, we want it! Allow us to see, hear, and know you as fully as possible on this earth. May our hearts be sensitive to recognize the movement and reminders of the Holy Spirit.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen.


Meg bucher is Sunny & 80’s freelance writer and blogger, is the author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ”, “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity” and “Glory Up, The Everyday Pursuit of Praise”. She writes about daily life in the love of Christ. Meg received a Marketing / PR degree from Ashland University, but left the business world to stay home and raise her two daughters, which led her to pursue her passion for writing. She has led a Bible study for women and is a volunteer youth ministry leader in her community. Meg, a Cleveland native and longtime Browns fan, lives on the shores of Lake Erie in northern Ohio with her husband, two daughters and a golden doodle.

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