Prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity. Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus’ way of love. Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy in our everyday dealings with one another. May we respect life as we work to solve problems of family and nation, economy and ecology. Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love into new action each day. Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence which penetrates all creation. Amen.


Oh Holy Spirit, You are the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. You are the Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal to Them in all things. I adore You and love You with all my heart. Teach me to know and to seek God, by whom and for whom I was created. Fill my heart with a holy fear and a great love for Him. Give me compunction and patience, and do not let me fall into sin.

Increase faith, hope and charity in me and bring forth in me all the virtues proper to my state of life. Help me to grow in the four cardinal virtues, Your seven gifts and Your twelve fruits.

Make me a faithful follower of Jesus, an obedient child of the Church and a help to my neighbor. Give me the grace to keep the commandments and to receive the sacraments worthily. Raise me to holiness in the state of life to which You have called me, and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Grant me also, O Holy Spirit, Giver of all good gifts, the special favor for which I ask {name special petition}, if it be for Your honor and glory and for my well being. Amen.


Holy Spirit of light and love, you are the substantial love of the Father and the Son; hear my prayer. Bounteous bestower of most precious gifts, grant me a strong and living faith which makes me accept all revealed truths and shape my conduct in accord with them. Give me a most confident hope in all divine promises which prompts me to abandon myself unreservedly to you and your guidance. Infuse into me a love of perfect goodwill, and act according to God’s least desires. Make me love not only my friends but my enemies as well, in imitation of Jesus Christ who through you offered himself on the Cross for all people. Holy Spirit, animate, inspire, and guide me, and help me to be always a true follower of you. Amen.


Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.

Saint Augustine

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Throughout Scripture we are reminded of God’s direction over our lives. He is our good Shepherd who leads us and He desires that we follow the path that leads to joy and contentment.  When we pray for God’s guidance and for discernment through the Holy Spirit, we can rest assured that God will provide wisdom! We do not have to worry about our next step or about tomorrow because we know who guides our way! Do not rush your day without going before God to seek guidance!

A Short Prayer for Guidance

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. Thank You for offering gentle grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Kristine Brown

Prayer for Guidance from the Holy Spirit

Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
– Kenny Luck

A Prayer for Guidance When Life is Challenging

Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way. Help me be like Nehemiah, help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection. As I face tough choices and hard situations, help me remember my belovedness, help me remember that I am Your child and Your representative to the world around me. Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Charles Stanley

prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

Prayer for Guidance in the Day Ahead 

Good morning, Lord! Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be.

Today I want to start the day with you on my mind and in my heart. As I dress, let me wear the armor you’ve provided daily: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of peace, and the sword of the spirit—with prayer on my tongue: praise for you and petitions for those around me and those I meet.

Feed me today with your daily bread. As the Bread of Life, your food, like manna, will sustain me throughout any trials and hungers. Help me to set my thoughts on things above and to speak only what will help and encourage others. Keep me from putting my foot in my mouth, and help me guard the affections of my heart today, Lord. Make whatever work I do be marked with excellence rather than perfectionism, as I seek not to make a name, but to make a difference. Help me to treat each person I encounter as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when needed.

As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you.

I know earthly life is short and fleeting, Lord. But I want to live today as if it were the first or the last day of my life, giving thanks for every good and perfect gift you choose to give. Today, and every day, I want to live my life for you, Jesus. In your precious name, Amen.
– Rebecca Barlow Jordan

A Prayer for Discernment and Wisdom When You Need God’s Direction

Lord, thank You for the people You have divinely placed in my life who speak holy truth, love and words of wisdom. Give me a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak instruction into my heart and my circumstances, and give me the strength and courage to follow through with that advice, even when it’s hard. Fill me with peace in knowing that even if I take a wrong turn, Your purpose will prevail. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Tracie Miles

This Beautiful Version of Psalm 23 Had Me in Tears from biblestudytools on GodTube.

Bible Verses about God’s Guidance

Psalm 25:4-5 – “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Psalm 16:7-8 – “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Psalm 32:8-9 – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.”

John 16:13 – “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

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  1. prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

    There are so many different prayers we may offer the Holy Spirit. One such prayer is very simple it is:

  2. prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

    “O, Holy Spirit, Beloved of my soul. .. I adore Thee. Enlighten me; Guide me; Strengthen me; Console me. Tell me what I should do… Give me Thy Orders. I promise to submit myself to all that Thou Desire of me and to accept all that Thou Permit to Happen to me. Let me only know Thy Will. Amen.”

  3. prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

    Another beautiful one is as follows:

  4. prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

    “Holy Spirit, Thou Make me see everything, and Show me the way to reach my ideal. Thou Who Give the Divine Gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and Who Are in all instances of my life with me. I, in this short dialogue, want to thank Thee for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from Thee no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with Thee and my loved ones in Thy Perpetual Glory. Amen.”

  5. prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

    How to pray the Holy Chaplet (or Rosary) of the Holy Spirit:

  6. prayer to the holy spirit for discernment

    Begin by making the Sign of the Cross.

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    Pray the Act of Contrition.

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    Sing the hymn, “Come Holy Ghost.

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    On the first 2 beads of each mystery, pray the “Our Father,” and the “Hail Mary.

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    On each of the 7 beads, pray the “Glory Be to the Father...”

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    The first mystery: Our Lord Jesus is Conceived By the Power Of the Holy Spirit in the Womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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    The second mystery: Our Lord Jesus Receives the Holy Spirit at His Baptism.

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    The third mystery: Our Lord Jesus Is Driven into the desert By the Holy Spirit.

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    The forth mystery: The Apostles receive the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

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    The fifth mystery: Our bodies are the Temples Of the Holy Spirit.

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    How do I make my family believe in Christ if they don’t want to believe in Christ?

    You can’t make someone receive a free gift — you can only offer it to that person. Share the truth and then leave it alone and pray for the Holy Spirit to do the convincing. If your family members say no, respect that. Live an example before them and hope that they will eventually believe. Just don’t be the person who has no respect and keeps pestering and asking.

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    I want to worship in truth and spirit. What can I do to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

    Ask and you shall receive! The Holy Spirit is a free gift to all of us. Ask the Holy Spirit for His presence. Just make sure you are sincere, and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is our Lord. Remember, you are loved.

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    How do I love my enemies?

    Pray for them. Choose to see them how God sees them – he loves them. Just remember that you once led a sinful life before you became a Chrisitan, yet God showed us much love and sent Jesus to die for us. You can do it.

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    Because in the Old Testament, the Israelites were God’s chosen people, and when other people wanted to destroy the Jews, they threatened the chosen people and God had to defend them.

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  • There are many Gifts of the Holy Spirit .

9 of them are: (1 Corinthians 12:8-11):

    • Ability to give wise advice,
    • Special knowledge,
    • Special Faith,
    • Power to heal the sick,
    • Power to perform miracles,
    • Ability to prophesy,
    • Spiritual discernment,
    • Ability to speak in unknown languages,
    • Ability to interpret what is spoken.

Another 7 are: (Isaiah 11: 2 -3)

    • Wisdom,
    • Understanding,
    • Counsel,
    • Fortitude,
    • Knowledge,
    • Piety,
    • Fear of the Lord.
  • You may choose to pray using a Rosary chaplet, and a prayer book which includes prayers to the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit has a very special love for the Virgin Mary. Love and cherish her even more than your own mother, and be blessed.
  • If you develop a real love for God’s Son, Jesus and follow His commandments, and believe the word of God, then follow these words: (John 14:23-24)
    • ‘”If anyone loves Me, he will keep My commandments; “
    • “and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
    • “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”


  • The one unpardonable sin is Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. This is not simply uttering irreverence against the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. This is a deliberate state of impenitence on the person’s part, which takes form in the following ways: Obstinacy in one’s own sinfulness; Despair in one’s own sinfulness (not believing in or trusting in the Divine Mercy Of God); Refusing repentance right up to the moment of death; Presumption in one’s own personal Salvation (thinking God “OWES” the person Heaven by ones merit); Envy of the Spiritual Gifts that are given to others; Refusing God’s Spiritual Truth, including the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Things You’ll Need

  • The Holy Bible (optional)

  • Praises, prayers and worship songs to God, calling upon the Father in Jesus name.

    • A Rosary chaplet.
    • A prayer book which includes prayers to the Holy Spirit.
    • Christian songs, which can be traditional hymns, to modern gospel music.

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I’ve become quite the fan of Jack Levison. I’ve read a couple of his books, Fresh Air and Forty Days with the Holy Spirit .  Fresh Air is the popular level version of his scholarly tome Filled with the Spirit. Forty Days with the Holy Spirit is a daily devotional with scripture, devotions, space for reflection and prayer. I find his writing both insightful and personally, spiritually enriching. Reading Levison I’ve been blessed with a greater understanding and a deeper experience of the Spirit. His newest book, Holy Spirit I Pray is a book of fifty prayers, which invites readers to  pray to Spirit.

In his introduction, Levison writes, “A book of prayers to the Holy Spirit, even a slender one is an oddity. While they probably exist, I know of no others. In a modest way this book is unprecedented” (introduction, p.5).  Nevertheless, Levison notes the long tradition of addressing the Spirit in prayer (i.e. liturgical prayers, prayers of Christian saints like Hildegaard of Bingen, or the Cappadocians). So while books of this kind are somewhat novel, praying the prayers in this volume, is joining in the chorus of Christian tradition.

The fifty prayers in this volume are composed by Levison. Each is paired with a relevant Bible passage. These are presented without comment or reflection. Instead Levison uses his introduction to unfold several  concepts to help orient readers toward prayer: the meaning of ruach (Hebrew for Spirit, wind breath), the nature of the Spirit’s filling, and the Spirit’s eagle-like-brooding (vii-xi). These are important concepts which Levison explores more in-depth elsewhere. What he says here is brief, but explicates what you need to know to fully appreciated his prayer-metaphors and the connections he makes.

Much of the substance of this book comes from Levison’s 40 Days with the Holy Spirit: Fresh Air For Everyday.  Forty of the poetic prayer/scripture combinations in this book originally appeared there. Here they are with minimal reformatting (centered text and perhaps one or two lines are set differently). The additional ten prayers are paired with scriptures from Deuteronomy, the Psalms, Isaiah, Haggai, Matthew, Romans, and from the Apocrypha (Judith and the Wisdom of Solomon). The scriptural passages are mostly taken from the NRSV and some from the Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition.

40 days with the  Holy Spirit was a 40 day devotional with prayers appended on the end of each entry. In this book these prayers appear, without comment, on the lefthand page, the Bible passage on the righthand page. The prayers are organized into five categories: (1) Prayers for Morning, (2) Prayers for Evening, (3) Discernment, (4) Prayers for Moments of Crisis, (5) Prayers for Anytime. The book is bound in bright yellow faux leather. The pages have plenty of white space around the text, making it easy to read and annotate.

This design is quite effective. As I read, I read through the prayers, and prayed them before reading the verses they were paired with. This sent me back to reading the prayer again, as I contemplated its relationship to the passage. All of this called me deeper to prayer and meditation as I joined in Levison’s play (prayer) with the text.  Devotionals often inadvertently privilege the voice of the author. This prayer book draws readers back, causing them to listen to and for the Spirit in the text.

The organization of this book mostly makes sense, but occasionally the reasoning behind why one prayer belonged to one category and not another was opaque to me. My initial assumption was prayers of commitment, inspiration, and facing responsibilities belonged to the morning. Prayers of recollection, rest and letting go belonged to the night. This is generally true, but the dividing line between these prayers is no so easy. There was inspiration in evening, letting go during daylight hours. There is a fluidity to other categories as well. My advice is pray morning and evening prayers (or discernment prayers, etc.) whenever you need them.  Helpfully, there is a index of first lines and an index of Scriptures in the back of the book for easy access to any of these prayers you find meaningful.

It is perhaps difficult to whet the appetite for prayer by simply describing  a books contents. Let me share a prayer from this volume that is particularly meaningful to me at this moment of life:

Holy Spirit

Closer than my breathing

Nearer than my heartbeat

When I tuck myself away from fear of life

And hide from threats real or imagined

Consider my lost call,  my vanishing purpose

And fill me deep

Like my dear friend’s kiss.

Face to face with Jesus I’ll receive you

Heart to heart with Jesus I’ll breath you in.

Amen.  (30)


This would make a nice gift book, or a simple prayer book for personal use. I recommend it praying these prayers. Some of them speak directly to intimacy, other prayers speak of justice, inspiration, mission, empowerment, crisis,etc. I give this five stars.

Note: I received this book from Paraclete Press in exchange for my honest review.

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