steering_wheelCrystal told me recently (and gave me permission to share) why she doesn’t like roller coasters: that moment you’re falling and realize you are no longer in control.  We [Presbyterians] can be like that with God… our appreciation for God’s orderliness and the value of doctrinal precision can mask a love of control.  And a love of control is in conflict with a moment by moment surrendering to the Holy Spirit.

“I don’t want to become one of those people who never thinks, but lives by emotion!  And what if I look stupid?  What if I can’t control the outcome?”

I admit, it’s scary for me, too.

But this robs us of joy and makes it harder for His glory to be seen.  And verses like Eph 5:18 show that walking by the Spirit has a lot to do with giving Him control.  When Christ said His Father is looking for worshippers who worship in “Spirit and truth” (John 4:23), He showed us that knowing God and experiencing God are not mutually exclusive.  So don’t be afraid to let him sit in the driver’s seat… at His right hand are “pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

How can you use the song “Holy Spirit” as a prayer of invitation and surrender to Him?…


“Holy Spirit”

Holy Spirit You are welcome here

Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere

Your glory God is what our hearts long for

To be overcome by your presence Lord



(click on scripture references for full text)

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” (John 4:23)

Psalm 16:11

Gal 5:16

Eph 5:18


How about you?

If your tendency is to focus on study and orderly worship at the expense of surrender, how can you pray this song in a way that releases control to Him, that seeks to enjoy Him for His sake?