Is it wrong to pray to the Holy Spirit?

That was a question I received in an email recently.  It’s a good one.

It’s true that we do not have any instruction in the Bible to specifically pray to the Holy Spirit.  However we do have specific counsel from our Lord himself to address the Father when we pray. It’s that prayer that our Lord taught us that I model my daily devotional prayer after.

This afternoon for my midday prayer time I modeled my prayer after Acts 4:24-31 where the early church prayed for boldness to preach the Word and for healing and signs and wonders.  The aftermath was a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit and the church spoke God’s Word boldly.

It would be good to remember though that the Lord our God is one according to Deuteronomy 6:4.  So when we think of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we are confessing one God who chose to reveal himself as the Trinity.  The Holy Spirit leads, teaches, and according to Acts 8:29, 10:19, 13:2 speaks.  It is not outside the Biblical boundaries in my opinion to ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen, help or refresh you.  When you talk to God you are talking to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

So no it’s not wrong.  Perhaps one of the reasons God reveals himself to us the way he has is to help us in grasping His awesomeness. Consider this, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14, ESV)

Let me pray for us.  “Heavenly Father, thank your for the amazing gift of grace given to us in Christ at Calvary.  Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us, comforts us, teaches us, leads us and helps us pray!  Help us not to replace our relationship with you with formulas, but to walk in the fellowship the Holy Spirit.”

 

2 thoughts on “Is it wrong to pray to the Holy Spirit?

  1. Isn’t it amazing how our God works, last night as our small group was uniting in prayer. We prayed to the Spirit that He would fill us with a fresh annoiting of His power as well as for our local church (Woodland Church) and the church in the western world as a whole. Then this post which confirms our desire and proof that God does answer prayer.

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