Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Augustine was Bishop of Hippo in North Africa in the 4th-5th century. Except for the writers of the New Testament, no one has had more influence than Augustine in establishing Christian belief and practice. This prayer to the Holy Spirit invites God to work within our will to make us desire God and to empower us to fulfill that desire. Augustine was particularly aware of our human frailty and he believed we needed God’s strength to do God’s will. I can relate!

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

Explore more classic prayers at Beliefnet’s Prayers of the Saints.



  • Juana

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer. I have been reading over Ephesians 4-5, Paul’s letter to the churches at Ephesus which reminds us of the life we are called to live as the church and in Christ. This prayer seems to speak to many aspects of that letter and serves as a reminder of the people we are called to be — those that live in the world, but are not a part of it.

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