Prayer to the Holy Spirit for a Favor

To Become a Faithful Follower of Christ

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For Christians, most prayers are directed to God the Father or to His Son, Jesus Christ—the second person of the Christian trinity. But in Christian scriptures, Christ also told his followers that He would send His Spirit to guide us whenever we were in need of help, and so Christian prayers can also be directed to the Holy Spirit, the third entity of the Holy Trinity. Many such prayers consist of requests for general guidance and comfort, but it is also common for Christians to pray for very specific intervention—for "favors." Prayers to the Holy Spirit for overall spiritual growth are particularly appropriate, but devout Christians can, and do, sometimes pray for more specific help—for example, asking for a favorable outcome in business ventures or in athletic performance.


This prayer, since it asks for a favor, is well-suited for praying as a novena—a series of nine prayers recited over several days.

O 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 the favor here], if it be for Your honor and glory and for my well being. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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