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Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 6

In today’s devotion, Patty Hubbard writes about her beautiful, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit:

“How do we begin to have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit? We ask. We stop ourselves and pray one of the most ancient prayers of the Church, “Come, Holy Spirit.” Ask the Spirit to bring to fulfillment in your life the graces of your Baptism and Confirmation. Ask for the power and boldness of the Spirit to be active in your life. Talk to the Holy Spirit as you would to Our Lord Jesus. Pray for a greater outpouring of the Spirit each day.”

Comment below with your thoughts:

Have you developed a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity? Can you reflect on times you have seen the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit in your life?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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10 Comments

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    Rebecca
    January 6, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Prayed! The Holy Spirit is a quiet, ever-present, and beloved friend of my soul…With me when I recognize him or not. Love.

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    Jane
    January 6, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Today, I prayed. Today, I am strengthened.

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    Catherine Kennedy
    January 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I have felt the Holy Spirit run through my body while being prayed over and I have felt and seen the Holy Spirit when I actively seek him.

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    Sara
    January 6, 2017 at 7:55 am

    My pastor used to say that we get better at hearing the Spirit’s whispers when we do what we think we hear it say: “don’t go there” when the conversation takes a wrong turn. “Call her” when a friend comes to mind out of the blue. “Apologize” when the sting of hurting someone else sets in.
    What gives me most pause was that he also said the more we ignore those promptings the less we’ll be able to hear them in the future. I don’t want to become someone who can’t hear God’s voice! Come, Holy Spirit and give me the resolve to do the things I know you have asked me to do.

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      Blessed is She
      January 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Sara, I love this lesson! Most of us can grow in this way every day.

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        Sarah
        January 8, 2017 at 6:15 am

        I really like this, too, Sara.

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    Jaimee
    January 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I am grateful to the Charismatic community for helping me to foster a relationship with the Holy Spirit. He speaks through me when I don’t have the words. He nudges me to the truth. He empowers me to act in the Name of Jesus. He anoints me daily in my duties. He inspires within me a hunger for knowledge and wisdom and instills peace that I don’t always feel internally but that others feel and recieve through me (definitely a fruit and a gift). He is at times sweet and gentle and other times a fire I can’t control. There is no box for the Holy Spirit. I don’t always remember Him but He indwells within me.

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I believe when you develop a personal relationship with God, you develop a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Over the two and half years, I have developed a personal relationship with God, therefore, also with the Holy Spirit. I can reflect on times when I have not only seen the fruits and gifts of the Spirit in my life, but have also been touched by the Holy Spirit.
    There have been so many times that I can recall where I have felt the Holy Spirit. I have felt a strong peace and warmth wash over me during discussions with the woman who introduced me to Christ, adoration, receiving the Eucharist, being with my fellow Newman Club members, and when praying. There are times where I feel my cheeks plump, my face flushed, and exuberantly joyful that I feel that I am in love or that I am loved. When I am touched by the Holy Spirit, I take this as such a gift. I thank Him. I never take this for granted.

    One particular moment that I experienced the Holy Spirit’s support and seen the fruits was when I went on my first retreat with the Newman Club in fall 2015. I have never slept away from my home for two nights before and have not traveled without my family before too. The day that we, the Newman Club, were traveling to the retreat house, I was petrified. I was extremely anxious. I still wanted to go so badly. I cried, “How do I know You (God) will be with me?”
    A week before the retreat, to feel more comfortable, I asked my friend, who I recently met and felt already comfortable with, if she would like to be roommates. She happily said that she would love to and that it also made sense to travel in the same car together, so we could make sure we room together. I was relieved. Days later, I naturally visualized in my mind being in the same car with my friend and two other girls that I would also like to travel with. The day we were leaving, all of us in the Newman Club who were going on retreat met outside the building where club meetings were held. It just happened that I was standing with the two other girls that I would like to be in the car with. The three of us were going to be in the same car, in addition to one other girl that we did not know. My friend was running late. When she arrived, the girl who’s car that I was going to be riding in, told my friend that she her car could only hold four people. I felt inside begin to panic. Then suddenly, the other girl that we did not know said, “I will go in someone else’s car. No worries.” She was so kind and polite. I grabbed my friend’s hand and we walked toward the car with our two other friends and the girl who was driving. My friend said as we walked to the car, “I feel bad.” I told her, “There’s nothing to feel bad. She offered. Another group was happy to have her.”

    Sisters, I truly believe with all my heart that this all happened because of the Holy Spirit. I ended up traveling with the girls that I wanted to be with. God showed me that He was with me. “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…” (Genesis 28:15)

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    Dana
    January 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Verbal prayer escaped me today. I’m thankful that God knows my heart and mind on days like today.

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