We pray to the Father, to Jesus, for many things, but I believe we often neglect to pray for a most important thing, for the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God, the mysterious trinity.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
R.C. Sproul provides a theological and Biblical explanation of the Trinity in this Crucial Questions pamphlet here:
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit work together. In this event in the supernatural inauguration beginning of Jesus ministry, the three are present together:
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Here is a prayer for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives from William Barclay’s 1964 collection of prayers, Prayers for the Christian Year, the Sunday after Ascension-Day:
Holy Spirit Prayer
O God, our Father, we remember that Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit from you.
Keep that promise to us today.
He called his Spirit the Spirit of truth.
Open our eyes that we may see the truth;
Strengthen our hearts that we may face the truth;
Enlighten our minds that we may understand the truth;
Make resolute our wills that we may obey the truth, through the Spirit which he has promised to us.
He said that the Spirit would bring to our remembrance all that he had said to men.
O God, when we are in danger of forgetting the things which we should always remember, grant that your Spirit may bring again to our memory the promises, the commands and the presence of our risen and blessed Lord.
He said that the Spirit would take what is his and declare it to us.
O God, when we do not know what to do, when we find the teachings of our Lord either difficult to understand or to apply, grant that your Spirit may show us what to believe and what to do.
He said that the Spirit would tell us things which in the days of his flesh he could not say to his disciples, because they were not ready to receive them.
O God, keep us from ever thinking of our Christian faith and belief as something static. Help us to remember that there are ever new depths of truth, new vistas of beauty, new glories of experience, new gifts of power into which the Spirit can lead us.
He said that the Spirit would lead us into all truth.
Help us to remember that all truth belongs to you —
The skill of the scientist and the thought of the philosopher;
The inspiration of the poet, the vision of the artist, the melody of the musician;
The craft of the craftsman and the strength of body and of mind by which we make a living.
And since everything comes from you, help us to use everything for you and for our fellow men and women; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a discussion of the Holy Spirit and thoughts about divine action in the world, see my prior post: