The Breath Prayer
A personal prayer, unique to you and your situation
Sometimes what we want is a simple quick prayer to pray that is unique to us and our situation, but finding one can be very difficult. Passages from scripture may go some way towards what we want to say but not quite. it can also take a long time to find the right verse or verses. so I suggest you spend that time developing your own Breath Prayer.
The Breath Prayer comes from the Hebrew word ruach, meaning ‘wind’, ‘great’, or ‘spirit’. This form of prayer comes easily and as naturally as breathing, and reminds us that each 'rauch' of God is with us always.
This is a personal prayer, unique to you and your situation and for that reason your Breath Prayer may change depending on whats happening in your life. Its a quick simple easy prayer to use at any time in any place.
‘Be still, and know that I am God’ Psalm 46:10
Become aware of God’s presence.
Sit comfortably and be still and calm.
Close your eyes and enter into God’s loving presence.
Sit for a few minutes, consciously being still in the presence of God. Pray with your breathing.
Breathe in what you need – hope, strength, joy, love
and breathe out anything that is clogging your soul – fear, despair, anger, temptation.
‘I have called you by name, you are mine.’ Isaiah 43:1
Become aware of God’s voice.
With eyes closed, imagine God is calling you by name. Hear God asking you: “ (Your name), what do you want?
What do you really want?
"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Luke 11:9-10
Talk to God.
Answer God with whatever comes from your heart. - it may be a single word such as peace, joy, clarity or forgiveness. - it may be a phrase or brief sentence, such as...
“I want to feel your forgiveness” or “I want to feel your love.”
Whatever your response it will be in the heart of your prayer.
Through this website I will try to share my views and experiences of Meeting God in the Everyday.
I am a wife, sister, friend and in the past I have been a nurse in the NHS, an Acupuncturist and since 2014 I've been an ordained minister in the Church of England. At the moment I am the vicar of four rural parishes in South Warwickshire.
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Select your preferred name for God or the one you want to use for this prayer. God, Jesus, Lord, Father, Mother, Shepherd ...
Form your prayer.
When you combine your name for God with your answer to God’s question of “what do you want?”, you have your own personal breath prayer.
Here is an example... - what I want is God’s presence; - my name for God is Lord; - my breath prayer might be: “Lord be with me, I need you.”