Holy Spirit Come
6 Takeaways from Patrick Mayberry’s Story Behind the Song
Have you ever felt like you’re running life’s race alone? Patrick Mayberry, a seasoned worship leader, felt the same way until he penned the song “Holy Spirit Come.” His journey offers valuable insights that can profoundly impact your faith walk. Let’s explore six takeaways from Patrick’s story behind the song.
“I have been a church worship leader for a long time, and I like to have fun. I remember the day we wrote [‘Holy Spirit Come’]. I was with two buddies, and I was like – ‘Guys, let’s just write a fun song.’ I got this idea in my head. And it really was birthed out of a song I saw [us] singing at my church. We walk in here, and anyone who is calling on the name of Jesus, we have a spirit of God living in us.”
- Rely on the Holy Spirit, Not Just Yourself
Patrick candidly shared, “I will walk through life so many times and try to face everything on my own, I’ll be in my marriage on my own.”
Sound familiar? It’s easy to rely solely on your own strength, forgetting the Helper you have in the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14 ESV). So, the next time you feel overwhelmed, remember that you don’t have to go it alone.
2. Be Conscious of the Holy Spirit’s Presence
“So often I forget, oh, yeah. I’ve got the Spirit of God living in me,” Patrick admitted. “I will stand on stage and lead worship at my church. And try to do it on my own on my own power.”
You too might forget that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19, ESV).
Being aware of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence can change your entire outlook.
Imagine walking into a room, whether it’s your workplace or home, fully aware that you carry the Spirit of God within you. How would that change your interactions and decisions?
3. Seek Continuous Filling
Patrick’s song is a call for more—more healing, more deliverance, more freedom and more of God’s voice. He said, “We need more; we need a new filling of the Spirit. We need more healing. We need more deliverance. We need more freedom. We need more of the voice of God in our lives with new revelation.”
Being filled with the Spirit is a continuous journey. Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (ESV). Make it a habit to seek God’s presence daily through prayer and worship.
4. Openness to God’s Work
Patrick shares, “I remember saying, ‘I want the song to feel like a posture or a stance that we’re at the start of a race.’ I’m not running this alone. I’m running with the Holy Spirit.” He prayed, “God, my hands are open, and I’m not going to forget that you’re in the pit; you’re here, make me open and aware to what you’re doing.”
Openness to God’s work in your life can lead to transformative experiences. Acts 16:14 tells us about Lydia, whose heart the Lord opened to pay attention to Paul’s message. Are you open and attentive to what God wants to do in your life?
5. Apply Your Faith in All Areas of Life
Patrick encourages us to bring this awareness into all areas – church, work, relationships. He said, “Let’s come into church. Let’s go to work. Let’s go into our relationships, knowing that we have [Holy Spirit] power available to us.”
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV).
When you remember you’re empowered by the Holy Spirit, it changes how you engage with every aspect of your life.
6. Embrace the Journey as a Race
“I want the song to feel like a posture or a stance that we’re at the start of a race. And … I’m running this with the Holy Spirit,” Patrick continues.
Hebrews 12:1-2 encourages us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus” (ESV). Knowing you’re not alone in your journey can bring both comfort and courage. It’s about having a posture of openness to what God is doing in your life.
Patrick’s “Holy Spirit Come” is more than a song; it’s a rallying cry for Christ-followers to remember they’re not alone. You have the Holy Spirit with you, empowering you to live a life that glorifies God.
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