The Breath Prayer

Have you ever been so busy, even with good things, that you lose your connection to God? Oh, He is still right there with you. You just lose track of Him. You can’t sense His presence. You aren’t living, thinking, acting as though He is right there with you.

The spiritual discipline of the Breath Prayer has seen me through some dark times. It has seen me through some dull times. It has seen me through some anxious times. If your yearning to connect with God needs a voice, I think the Breath Prayer just might help you as much as it has helped me.

Read the steps below to see how an ancient spiritual practice can help us connect to God:

  1. First, read the story of Bartimaeus recorded in Mark 10:46-52. See how Bartimaeus spoke his deep desire to Jesus as He walked by: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
  2. Spend a few quiet minutes getting in touch with your deepest longing for God. Write it down. It might be a longing for connection, comfort, grace, love, strength, joy, etc.
  3. Find a name of God in scripture that connects with your desire. You could do an Internet search on the “names of God” to find some, or just open your Bible and scan through the Psalms or other scripture to find the one that seems to fit.
  4. Now put your deep desire together with the name of God you have chosen, and you have your own Breath Prayer to pray throughout the day. Whenever you long for connection to God, simply whisper your Breath Prayer, inhaling as you say His name, and exhaling as you state your desire. Deep breathing also relaxes us and helps us be open to receiving from the Lord. You might express your longing to God with this prayer for a few days or weeks or months. When your life changes, you can change your Breath Prayer. It is far from a dead ritual. It is an expression of an alive longing.

Here are some examples:

Living water, flow through me.

Jesus, help me.

Holy Spirit, come to me.

Father, protect me.

Lord, reveal yourself to me.

Bread of Life, satisfy my hunger.

Shepherd, guide me.

Jehovah-Jireh, please provide for me.

Immanuel, be near to me.

God is longing for you, and He wants to hear you communicate your longing for Him. As Bartimaeus discovered millennia ago, expressing our longing to God makes space in our lives to see God working.

 

Posted on October 14, 2015 .