At Hope this year we’ve been writing prayers exploring the various images and metaphors of the Holy Spirit in Scripture. A few weeks ago I was up for writing a prayer exploring the scriptural image of the Holy Spirit as water. Here is a good article from John Piper with pastoral thoughts on what it means to pray directly to the Holy Spirit.
Come Thou fount of every blessing.
Come Thou hurricane of Christ’s presence
Come Thou holy perspiration, and upwell life into our needy hearts tonight
The Word tells us that as you hovered over
the chaotic waters of creation,
So you also hovered over the waters of Christ’s baptism.
So come now and hover over the new creation of your church.
We are full of chaos and uncleanness.
But our desire for you sounds the deep and waters the mountain peaks.
Our souls, dry and dusty as they are – need your gentle rains and your flash floods.
So come and wash over us now with the perfect blood of Jesus –
and cleanse us of every doubt, every sin, every shame,
every bit of darkness.
And grow in us the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
O Remembrancer Divine,
Remind us in this Resurrection season that we are a people created
from the waters of baptism.
Only as we die and rise with Christ can we truly live.
May you be for us now, Holy Spirit,
a spring whose water never fails, whose location is never lost, whose gentle presence is never disdained.
May this gathering here tonight – this little tributary of the mighty oceans of your people…be a river whose streams make glad the city of God.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
– Bruce Benedict, March 2015