Beginning Prayer: St. Augustine's Prayer to the Holy Spirit

February 12, 2013

Beginning Prayer: St. Augustine's Prayer to the Holy Spirit

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Whenever I sense the need to deepen my prayer life I often turn to the prayers of those before me. I usually have a few of them in a small piece of paper in my prayer notebook. I was writing a few letters today and sending a few of these cards out and remembered St. Augustine's Prayer to the Holy Spirit. It is so powerful. I love how it really asks for one thing...holiness. As a Methodist we understand any holiness we have comes from God and is brought by our deepening and sanctifying relationship with Jesus.

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.