Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will do these three things for us and in us:
1. Bring us into communion with God
Since we know that God is spirit and that He is omnipresent, we can be sure that He is always with us and in us. The Bible tells us that we cannot escape from His presence (Ps. 139:7-12). We also know that since He is a person, we can relate to Him as a person. For these reasons, it is possible to have a great and lasting relationship with Him.
The only problem is that our sinful flesh often gets in the way, and therefore, we often reject Him. But our flesh need not be a problem. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and so, we can simply confess our sins, repent, and come back into fellowship with Him. And the Holy Spirit is always with us to help us when we are tempted to sin. Ephesians 3:16 tells us that the Holy Spirit gives us strength in the inner man. He is always there to cleanse us and fill us with His Spirit.
Then watch what happens next (Read Ephesians 3:17-19). Since the Holy Spirit has made us clean, Jesus feels at home in our heart, and so He settles down there and dwells there. And He roots us and grounds us in His love, and we are made able by the work of the Holy Spirit to comprehend with all the saints the width and length and depth and height of His love—that we would know the love of Christ which passes knowledge. Yes, by the Holy Spirit’s work in us we may be filled with all the fullness of God! What a tremendous thing! I love that passage.
I like also what Andrew Murray has said. He said that because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and the Son, when He comes into us He lifts us up into their fellowship. “As the Spirit of the Father, he fills our hearts with the love with which the Father loved the Son, and teaches us to live in it. As the Spirit of the Son, He breathes into us the childlike liberty, devotion, and obedience in which the Son lived on earth.”12
I also see it this way: When He lifts us up into the fellowship of the Father and Son we experience in our spirit that loving Father-Son relationship. And so we enter into that Holy Communion with them by means of the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray with Paul (Eph. 3:16) that God would grant us, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through the Spirit in the inner man—so that Christ may dwell in our heart, and so that we would be able to commune with the Father and the Son by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit (or has the same spirit) of the Father and the Son. Enter into their fellowship as you pray. Rest in their love. Enjoy communion with them.
2. Lead us in God’s will
If we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us and guide us, He will show us God’s will. As we pray He intercedes for us and helps us to pray exactly what God’s will is (Rom. 8:26-27). And as we work and go about whatever we do in life, He intercedes for us there too. He will show us what to pray, what to do, where to go, and what to say. Each step of the way He will lead us exactly, according to God’s perfect will. He will whisper in our ear and say to us, “This is the way; walk in it” (Is. 30:21). And He will give us an understanding and a remembrance of the Word (as we have been diligent to study it). He will make that word to us as a lamp to our feet and as a light to our path (Ps. 119:105).
3. Help Christians be unified together in God’s love
We have seen earlier that the Holy Spirit strengthens us in the inner man—that is, He cleanses our heart from sin and makes it possible for Christ to dwell in us, so that we can be rooted and grounded in love (Eph. 3:18).
Accordingly, He brings the love of God and Christ into us. And in doing that, He causes us to love each other and to be unified in His love. 1 Corinthians 12 shows us that the Holy Spirit gives a variety of gifts to each one in the body. Not for our individual good, but for the common good—so that the body of Christ will be more unified together, and so that they would be equipped to love and care for one another.
12 Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer, pp. 54-55