9DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
MODERATED BY: Fr Justin Nzekwe
DAILY THEME: I will give you a new Spirit
BIBLE PASSAGE: Ezekiel 36:25-37
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heartand put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stoneand give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine.
Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!
“‘This is what the Sovereign Lordsays: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it.
They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lordhave spoken, and I will do it.’
“This is what the Sovereign Lordsays: Once again I will yield to Israel’s plea and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep,
REFLECTION: The Holy Spirit is an agent or renewal, revival, recreation, revitalization, restoration. We do not pray because we do not have the Holy Spirit in the past, rather we pray that the Holy Spirit may renew our hearts, destroy our sinful self, grant us her gifts, and help us to fan into flames the gifts we have received in the past. When we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, she will break down the walls of sin in us, restore our broken relationship, heal our mortal bodies and put a new Spirit in us. No one encounters the Holy Spirit and remain the same, and therefore as we open up our heart in prayer to the Holy Spirit, she will fill us with his gifts and make us whole again.
PRAYER: Come Holy Spirit, I need you. Use me, possess me, overshadow me, consecrate me, work in me and through me. Fill me with your power and your unfathomable gifts. Recreate me that I may live a life in the spirit. Renew your church with the power of Pentecost, and revive me with the Pentecost experience. Come oh gift of Christ my Lord, so that I may never be left as an orphan. Build your home in me, make me a temple fit for thee. Come oh light divine, and dispel the darkness of my being. Come oh great intercessor and carry my prayers to God the Father in groans too deep for sound. Come oh tongues of fire and devour my fears, make me your worthy ambassador, and forever take control of my life. Amen.
CONFESS: Renew me oh Holy Spirit, come into my life, give me your new Spirit, for I do not want to continue living in the flesh. Help me renounce my formal self, that you may renew me with your new Spirit.
***More prayers and meditation*** ***Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit……. (3x) *** In the name of the Father and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.