A Call to Pray

I pray this finds you well. Thank you for being in the Holy Spirit Prayer Team with me.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Team is a group of people worldwide who are praying that the Holy Spirit would fall afresh upon people, the Church, and our world as we have seen throughout history when significant renewals have occurred.

When I was in my final years of school, my father would drop my brothers and me at school on his way to work. As we drove, Dad would listen to news programs that focused on international news in the car. As an impressionable young person, I remember thinking how violent the world was as I heard about all manner of unrest, whether in people’s homes, groups in countries or between countries. Politics within and between countries seemed to dominate the news, along with reports of natural disasters and the accompanying destruction and loss of life.

The news scared me and I remember thinking and praying that this violence did not come to where I was or those I love.

I used to think why did God let all this happen if He was good and capable of intervening.

That was a time when more people went to Church and on the surface, had greater faith. Even then, however, growing secularism and godlessness were everywhere. We just didn’t see it as we do now. Numbers in Churches were dropping slowly in countries all over the world. Even my school friends were slowly stopping going to Church.

Today decades on not much seems to have changed when it comes to the news and political upheavals. While the names are changed, the stories are not that different. What is different in our world is that the Church and the message of the Gospel that God loves us has been pushed even further to the side. Today, many people live without God or, if they do acknowledge Him, no longer attend the Church, no matter what kind of Church it is.

You are receiving this message from me because some time ago, you felt the urge to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit afresh upon the earth when I asked people to join me in prayer. You will recall I said that I would communicate with you from time to time, encouraging you and joining with you in prayer.

After His resurrection from the tomb, Jesus said that He was ascending to the Father and that the Holy Spirit would come and be with us (Acts 14:16). Further, that from the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit would proceed and fall upon people across the earth, giving us capacity and power beyond human capability (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit, the life of God, would remind us of what Jesus taught us and also teach us new things. (Acts 14:25).

For the open heart, the Holy Spirit would guide, lead and draw us into the much bigger plan of God for humanity than I had ever thought life and the world was about back when I listened to the news on my way to school as a child.

Throughout history, there have been extraordinary times when God has intervened on earth bringing renewal as people have encountered God anew. The divine plan of God, our Father, is that all people would know His love and the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their personal lives. It is the action of the Holy Spirit that draws us to God and works in our lives to bring us to a deeper holiness. This is God’s plan for everyone.

•  Throughout history, waves of renewal have swept the earth drawing countless numbers of people to this relationship with God and others back to this relationship with God.

•  Throughout history, God has placed a desire for God in the hearts of people as they live their lives through their jobs, families and where they are.

•  Throughout history, God has raised men and women in worldwide movements or local environments to draw people back to God.

•  Throughout history, organizations and ministries have begun that have been the hands and feet of God to the poor and disadvantaged, caring for the sick and elderly and in the education of people and nations.

•  Throughout history, God has called men and women to respond through vocations to ministry and raised leaders to draw people to Christ.

•  Throughout history, when people have been disconnected from God, like many in our families or our friends, a group of people have begun to pray, ‘Come Holy Spirit fall afresh upon the earth and the Church.’

The Holy Spirit enables human beings to respond to God’s plan of relationship with people.

From these times of the Holy Spirit working in people’s lives, miraculous renewal has occurred. People far from or close to God have encountered Him personally, both individually and through powerful movements and groups, large and small.

I pray the following prayer before I get out of bed in the morning and before every meal. I want praying to the Holy Spirit to be the cry of my heart. God loves us, Jesus set us free and it is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that draws us to God.

Lord Jesus, give me and every member of my Church Community a hunger today to see
all people encounter you as their personal Lord and Savior.

Almighty God, three persons in one, send your Holy Spirit upon me,
upon us, upon the Church, upon the world.

Upon … (add personal prayers).

Come Holy Spirit. Amen.

I am inviting you and encouraging you to join me every day in praying to the Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon the earth as we do the following:

•  Pray to the Holy Spirit at least once.
•  Be open to what the Holy Spirit might whisper in your heart about your life, what you need to do and what God might be asking of you.
•  Continually surrender your life to God and making Jesus more deeply the Lord and Savior of your life.

I am going to send you a special card as a reminder with this and other prayers as you pray, ‘Come Holy Spirit.’

Thank you for being on this journey with me. I am excited that God continues to move in the hearts of people. May we respond by giving our heart and life to Him

In the comments below, you can pray and share stories of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and the world around you.

 

God bless

Bruce

Come Holy Spirit.

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Valerie
1 month ago

You know Bruce this is the first time I am seeing this! The last time I looked there was just a prayer that we could pray. Due to writing down a few prayers we prayed to the Holy Spirit and the Come Holy Spirit Prayer Book, as well as receiving emails that you sent prayers to the Holy Spirit. I thank you for them all. Due to pain I’ve been suffering as well as my husband’s health problems, i am sorry to say I haven’t kept up with all of the prayers to the Holy Spirit! I’ll be picking myself… Read more »

Livina
Reply to  Valerie
1 month ago

Thanks for the words of encouragement

Jeanette Easton
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce for keeping us so connected with the Holy Spirit, I love the prayers you send they are really enriching my life more than ever. I pray for you, your familiy especially Melissa, Rowan and Hannah and all your team every day. You are a wonderful Shepherd guiding us and bringing us closer to Jesus. Your presentation yesterday 1/9/2021 was just what I needed to hear. I will send you a personal email regarding that. Thank you Bruce, Rosemary and all your team, we are so Blessed.

Leonie Cornell
1 month ago

I feel that although the Afghanistan withdrawal seems like such a disaster, still despite the situation, there were thousands of people who were removed, and I believe the Holy Spirit was at work, making the effort far more than the various authorities expected. I also love the crowd funded The Chosen. And I see in that co operation between numerous people and faiths a type of unity that seems much harder to find in many other places. This is despite some of the voices of the public being other than unifying. But the main characters and the production team have… Read more »

Maureen
1 month ago

Thanks Bruce for your talks and encouragement. I’m happy to be on the team. This morning I was sitting under a blossoming tree with the sun shining through it and full of busy, busy bees. And I thank God for such as this and count my blessings while praying for the world. God bless you and the Team.

Helen
1 month ago

Thank you for your beautiful words Bruce. I have been praying this pray daily and have my meditation praying it also. I also pray other prayers to the Holy Spirit daily. God has been good to me and my life is reasonably ordered so that I have plenty of time for the Sacraments and prayer which starts my day off. Since this has been my daily routine, my life has become peaceful and ordered. With God at the beginning, middle, end and centre of my life, I am now truly blessed. If only everyone in this world could experience the… Read more »

Maureen Hamilton
1 month ago

Thank you for this message and I find myself using the prayers from the Holy Spirit book at least once a day and usually twice. I wanted to tell you about a couple of miracles that happened recently. I was a foster mum and I hadn’t heard from a special boy for a couple of years even though I did try to contact him. He is a special young man with asperges and ADHD so socially he struggles. Recently I prayed that he would make contact with me as I had the feeling he may need help. 3 days later… Read more »

Valerie
1 month ago

Holy Trinity
I am open to receive the Holy Spirit into my life, as my Lord, the Giver of Life, and to be used by the Holy Spirit for Your purposes on the earth.
Come Holy Spirit
Amen.

Vivienne
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce. Our God is so good. Come Holy Spirit & renew the face of the Earth. Send the fire of your love for every soul, that we may turn back to the Father. Come Holy Spirit in the Divine Will. Amen Fiat.

Lynda
1 month ago

I thank you so deeply Bruce for your guidance and wisdom as we go forward together during these perilous and confusing times. I have had a particularly difficult day and here, at the end of that day. I realize how you and your ministry provide the solid rock that I can stand upon to touch God and to have God touch me and others. God bless you and your work.

Bruce Downes
Reply to  Lynda
1 month ago

Hello Lynda

May the Lord be your comfort and lift the burden of your day. God is always with us.

Bruce
Come Holy Spirit

Lynda
Reply to  Bruce Downes
1 month ago

Thank you so much Bruce. Like many I am feeling quite alone, and I continue to pray, and to be grateful for you and Rosemary and your ministry.

jean
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce, I am so blessed to receive this prayer email from you. Blessings,

Antoinette Zammit
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce and Rosemary and all the team I will pray to the Holy Spirit more often now we all need prayers.

Margaret Mayne
1 month ago

Thankyou for your message. Still saying my prayer to the Holy Spirit for help for our world. There are so many needs. I have the Holy Spirit Prayer book to help me thankyou. MARGARET.

June
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce for publishing the 9 Days to Power – Prayer to the Holy Spirit. I say it every day and often several times a day. It gives me great comfort to know that the Holy Spirit is the power of God in my life; that He is the strength of God in my life and the enabler of God in my life. That the Holy Sprit will lead me in truth, Guide me in wisdom and strengthen me in courage. Thank you so much for this beautiful prayer and for the cross you sent me, that I wear… Read more »

Bruce Downes
Reply to  June
1 month ago

Hello June

9 Days to Power was a great series. I never know what is going to happen as we begin each time. I get so much spiritually as we pray through each series. People think I am doing them for others but I am right in there with everyone else letting the Holy Spirit move in me and all of us.

Thank you for responding to the Holy Spirit’s leading and in writing.

Bruce
Come Holy Spirit.

Msureen plGreen
1 month ago

I start my day with a pray to the Holy Spirit. I open the Come Holy Spirit book at random and pray whichever prayer it opens at. I say the rosary at 2pm everyday and now add a prayer to the Holy Spirit after it. After my night prayers I add another prayer to the Holy Spirit. I only started doing this after I discovered you and your ministry this year. Imagine, I never thought of praying to the Holy
Spirit before! I am 77!
God Bless you all for being there.

Maureen Green
1 month ago

My name keeps coming up mis spelt.

Sandra Purcell (ADMIN)
Reply to  Maureen Green
1 month ago

Hi Maureen, can you let me know how your name should be spelt and I will make the change! Thanks for letting us know! God bless you! Sandra – BDCM Team

Maureen Green
Reply to  Maureen Green
1 month ago

Dont worry about it, it looks like I have managed to correct it.
If you look at the message above this one that I posted, it had
Msureen for Maureen, and a pl before Green. Looks like my correction has taken. Sorry to have bothered you.

Sandra Purcell (ADMIN)
Reply to  Maureen Green
1 month ago

Thanks, Maureen, that may have been the way you accidentally typed it in! Be blessed!

Benedetta
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce for your email today re support of the Holy Spirit Prayer Team

I have continued to pray the initial prayer daily

I believe that in surrendering to the Holy Will of God the Holy Spirit can change situations and circumstances in the lives of people all over the world.

I am grateful for this opportunity.

Come Holy Spirit enkindle in us the fire of your love and renew the face of the earth

Margie Anderosn
1 month ago

Thank you Mr. Bruce I enjoy hear from you I feel when i hear you the Holy Spirit Is right here with me. Always need prayer for my son Matthew to change his life from the Bad Bad habits of drugs always have in prayers sometime i feel he better i just said i will leave it in God Hands. thank you again. Stay strong God Bless you always, Amen.

Katherine Reid
1 month ago

Our small local church has been decimated by Covid. May God bring revival to our community.

Sally
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce for your word every day. I love listening to your message before work every morning and before Church on Sundays:) It really sets the course for my day. I feel so blessed to be a part of your Holy Spirit Prayer Team. Sometimes, with work and the daily activities, I get so caught up in what needs to be done and then realize I didn’t have time to read my bible which I try and read every day. I do pray at various times throughout my day but I feel I am not putting the time I… Read more »

Mary Kay Valan
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce and Rosemary too! I listen and read devotionals and podcasts from both Catholic and Protestant people, but I must say that the connection I get from you has been the biggest joy to my life. I share your daily devotionals hoping they reach someone in need as they have done to me. I hope you do not mind if I share this wonderful letter you sent me about praying to the Holy Spirit. I will be praying for the Holy Spirit in all aspects of our lives both universally and personally. God bless you, your family and… Read more »

Megan Hamilton
1 month ago

Thanks Bruce & the BD Team, Your words of encouragement are always so rich. My daughter and I add our prayers to the Holy Spirit at the end of our daily prayers (after listening to your daily devotionals). We’ve added friends and family who we’d like to see the Holy Spirit work in them and bring them back into God’s active fold, for God to come more deeply into their lives. We say active fold, as they are Catholics, but sometimes don’t always act it or show it… You, your wife, your family and the BD team are a blessing… Read more »

Don
1 month ago

Thankyou Bruce these are encouraging words and prayer. We do require to pray for each other. We see alot of families drifting from God, my family too. The present world keeps them too occupied. Please keep us in your prayers and I also will join in the prayers.
Thankyou
Don

julia hayes
1 month ago

Thank you and God bless all of us
we all need this powerful intercession of the spirit to renew faith hope and love in our world 🙏❤

Lorraine Jack
1 month ago

Thank you Mr. Downes 🙏🙏

Mary Schulberg
1 month ago

Thanks to your devotionals and your encouraging us to pray to and for the Holy Spirit to come He is no longer an abstract Being but becoming so present to me in the everyday and menial things of each day…I find myself consulting the Holy Spirit and being more aware of His presence with me and to refresh and renew His gifts of faith in me. Thank you

Valerie
1 month ago

Holy Spirit You are God You were sent from god the Father and Jesus Your Son to me. Holy Spirit, fill me more deeply with Your presence. You are wanted in my life You are welcome in my life You are needed in my life. Holy Spirit deepen my knowledge and personal relationship with You. You are the power of God ALIVE in me. You are the strength of God within me. You are the enabler of God within me. Holy Spirit You enable me to HEAR the voice of God in my heart. Holy Spirit You enable me to… Read more »

Gail
1 month ago

The Holy Spirit has been faithful. My daughter got her dream job just yesterday, anf my son’s position went full time! God is good!

Denise
1 month ago

Bruce, thank you for your dedication to Christ and your love of mankind. Through your daily devotions, I have renewed my relationship with God. Thank you for reminding us to start each day with prayer. God has worked so many miracles in my life and I need to praise Him daily. Thank you, Rosemary, for sharing your wonderful husband and supporting him in this path he has undertaken. God’s blessings to you both

Sheree Renzo
1 month ago

Dear Bruce and team.This is the first post I have seen, I really love this prayer to the Holy Spirit. Grateful to have gotten it. I look forward to the card so I don’t forget to say it each day. I will keep you all in prayer. Please if you could pray for my family and myself, for I have many medical issues and have a lot of pain and anxiety daily. God bless you all.
Thank you

Helen Pederson
1 month ago

Thank you Bruce for all your uplifting messages. The Holy Spirit prayer has become part of my daily life. I pray it many times a day. We need this so much in what our beautiful Country is going through.
God bless you.

Pauline
1 month ago

I’ve prayed that prayer along with Prayer to the Holy Spirit and Let Us Pray everyday since learning about them, thank you for giving and sharing them.

Patti Grandolfo
1 month ago

I am so grateful for finding you, your family and your team,I thought I knew how to pray and then you all enlightened me. I start everyday with your devotional and have incorporated prayer in my day, thanks to you giving me a new way of praying. We had a scare with my Mom the last few days and I believe through prayer and the Holy Spirit, we came out of this positively. Thank you Lord Jesus. Come Holy Spirit.

claire
1 month ago

Dear Mister Bruce! I have joined the prayer team because for many many years as a pastoral agent in the parishes where I used to work, my secret weapon to the évangélisation of the families and youngsters was the Holy Spirit!! I used to pray like this: Holy Spirit of God, do the miracles, and I wil help you a little bit!! God is my witness, we made many miracles throughout the years… I am very faithful to pray my prayers to the Holy Spirit. I live in Québec Canada and I have even translated in French the beautiful prayer… Read more »

Agnes Simon
18 days ago

Please pray that I can accept God’s will in dealing with this illness . I want to give up so many times. I need you, dear Jesus, to help me survive and put my constant trust in you. You are all I have. Bruce, please answer me so I know you received this .Please call at 602-919-0712. Thanks.