Fill Me With Your Spirit
When we are in mass, the priest says, "the Lord be with you", and we respond, "and with your Spirit". It almost sounds like the Star Wars line, "the force be with you", a force of nature guiding you, giving you strength and power moving forward. However, our understanding of the Spirit is different. It is something that guides you by God's grace, it's interwoven in us as a part of human nature, and nature itself. Very often in scripture, the people talk about the Spirit as a dove, wisdom, fire, the ability to speak in tongues and heal. It's beyond our understanding and knowledge, in relation to what we believe about God as being omnipotent, a part of the world and humanity, yet greater and beyond the world. Through Jesus' death on the cross, and resurrection, we become enlivened by the Spirit to be evangelical disciples, to move forward by the power of God's Spirit, through hope.
Today's Gospel states:'"I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you' (John 16:12-15).
Today's Gospel talks about how the Spirit of truth will guide us to the truth. Jesus tells us that he is the way, the truth and the light. We know God to be all-knowing, all-loving and omnipotent. If the Spirit, Jesus, and God the Father each bring us to knowing the truth, they must intertwine and work alongside one another in the world, in all time, to bring us the truth, to guide us. Do you understand how God's Spirit is working within your life, moving you to evangelize, to work towards God's will for the world? Take some time to ask God to fill you with His Spirit in your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'the Gospel Coalition' a prayer for fresh stirring of the Holy Spirit:
Dear heavenly Father, I know that I’ve been born of the Spirit, sealed by the Spirit and am indwelt by the Holy Spirit. That why asking you for a fresh work of the Spirit in my life is an easy thing to do. You are quintessential generosity—the most bighearted and openhanded Father imaginable. You won’t give us snakes and scorpions, when we ask; but grace and more grace, and still more grace! Hallelujah, many times over!
So Father, not doubting your promise one bit; and, without shame or hesitation, acknowledging my need, I ask for a fresh stirring and filling of your Holy Spirit. Several things motivate me to ask for a new work of the Spirit in my life.
I know that, apart from your Spirit, I can’t believe the gospel and love Jesus, the way I want to. So Father, by the power that raised him from the dead, free me from my under-believing and over-compensating. Open the eyes of my heart to see more of Jesus. Dazzle me with his delights; buckle my knees with his beauty; put me face down on the ground from a renewed awareness of his glory and grace; grant me jaw-dropping wonder and awe, in response to Jesus’ majesty and mercy of Jesus, and the perfection and completion of his work for us.
Grant me power, with all your children, to know the height, depth, width and breadth of Jesus’ love—a love that surpasses knowledge; the only love that is better than life; the only love that is enough. You’ve poured out his love into my heart before; do it again, and again and again. May the love of Jesus be the most compelling and propelling force in my life; turning my whining into worship; my timidity into fearless faith; small dreams into a kingdom vision; my hesitation to risk much, into a life of gospel adventures.
By the grave-robbing, kingdom-advancing, Christ-exalting power of the Holy Spirit, restore to me the joy of your incomparable salvation; renew my love for the beauty and freedom of holiness; and intensity my awareness and excitement about the occupied throne of heaven.
Indeed, Father, you ARE working in all things for your glory and our good; and you ARE working all things together after the counsel of your will; and you ARE summing up all things in Christ. Hallelujah, what a Savior, Jesus is; hallelujah, what a salvation he has won for us! So very Amen I pray, in Jesus exalted and awesome name! Amen.