Commissioned by the Holy Spirit
It maybe naive of me to believe that a small person such as myself in the eyes of God, could be inspired directly by the Holy Spirit. But I do believe this collection of prayers was curated and commissioned by the Holy Spirit Himself. Because in my heart of hearts, I believe this body of work was written indirectly by Him.
As I researched these prayers from sources all over the world and throughout time and history, I felt the Holy Spirit guide me as I picked, edited, and in some cases, wrote from scratch the words found on the following pages.
It’s funny how from time to time you find little quotes that are relevant for the moment. That is what happened when I was writing the above section of the forward to the book. I came across a quote from Mother Teresa thats in the book the Joy of Living. Here is the quote.
“I am a little pencil in God’s hands. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything and sometimes it is really hard because it is a broken pencil and He has to sharpen it a little more.”― Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living.
In my research, I would discover what I thought was a beautiful prayer, that at first appeared to be holy and Christian, but the Holy Spirit would steer me past.
He works through me in a very forceful way, sort of like a mental crack of disgust. Shuttering, I would leave the website or dizzily close the book where I found the suspect prayer. In some cases, I was urged to write the prayer I was looking for myself. With what I believe to be the Holy Spirit’s Devine Guidance.
Then in other cases, I would find a prayer on a website or ancient tome that jumped off the page at me. My skin would flush, and in one case, my fitness watch notified me of a spike in my heart rate, thinking that I had a heart attack.
Was this the Holy Spirit guiding me down a path of His will? I believe so. Not because I am holy; in fact, I am just a layperson, or as one book from 1925 calls people like me, “the ordinary.”
Well, there is an easy to find out; read the book yourself, and maybe if you’ll feel what I felt. I hope that you find similar emotion in the words I write and the prayers I’ve listed. If the prayers feel right to you, please let me know. If they give you a bad feeling, let me know that too. Because if there is one thing I know for sure; there are people out there with a much stronger connection to the Holy Spirit than I.
As I’ve said, I am just a layperson in the church but one who continuously seeks guidance from those with more experience. Feel free to contact me. Again, the email for this project is firstname.lastname@example.org
Why 52 Prayers
At first, I wrote out a few small prayers in a Moleskin journal and took them to church with me each morning. But my fingers would not stop, could not stop for some reason. Before I knew it, I had collected 20, then 40. Then one for each week of the year.
I still have the feeling that my work is not done, my ultimate goal is to create a 365 prayer version. One for every day of the year.
So I ask for your help.
If you have a prayer to the Holy Spirit that you think belongs in the next book, please share it with me so I can share it with the world.
Please include its source and a little story about how it has helped you, and I will do my best to include it in future versions.
The email for this project is email@example.com
I honestly would love to hear from you and am grateful in advance for your help.
OK, let’s get started on our Prayers With The Holy Spirit.