Breath prayers are a modern adaptation of the ancient prayer of the heart, which Christians have practiced for centuries. Breath prayers are a combination of two simple statements, a short one-sentence prayer based on scripture, and said in alignment with the rhythm of breathing.
The scripture verse “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) seems an impossible task, but with some forethought in the construction of a breath prayer, it can be uttered throughout the day to live out the essence of that scripture.
A breath prayer consists of two phrases: the first phrase is prayed while you inhale, and the second phrase is when you exhale. For instance, using a portion of the verse from Psalm 46:10, “…Be still and know that I am God…”
Inhale and pray:
“Be still and know…”
Exhale and pray:
“…that I am God.”
The benefit of a humble practice is that it helps the pray-er become more mindful of the Lord’s presence and intentionally keep an open, prayerful attitude throughout the day.
The Breath of Lent is a tool to help you develop the practice of breath prayer during the holy season of Lent. As we anticipate the passion and resurrection of Christ, this uncomplicated prompt will remind you every time you breathe this prayer, you can sense the presence of the Holy Spirit. It will also help to bring your focus to the steps of Jesus during this holy season.
Lent is traditionally observed from Ash Wednesday to Holy (Easter) Saturday (minus Sundays). This resource will lead you through scripture that will craft a simple weekly breath prayer to incorporate into your everyday life.
The Breath of Lent is a roadmap that will keep you on the path that leads to Resurrection Sunday. Remember, you do not travel this road alone, for Jesus is as close as your next breath.
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