Get tongue-tied sometimes when approaching God? Don’t know what to say? Begin your day with prayer and then leave whatever peace or calm you might have felt right in the room?
Prayer doesn’t have to be so mysterious or challenging. Prayer can be having a two-way conversation with God, who delights in having a conversation with you.
Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8
Beginnings of Breath Prayer
Breath prayer is an ancient practice from Desert Mothers and Fathers, monks and nuns who went into the Egyptian desert to pray and meditate on God’s word. Starting about 300 years after Christ, they practiced praying continually, after years of intense persecution when many Christians were martyred.
Because their lives were so transformed by their disciplined life with silence, solitude and prayer, thousands of people traveled to visit them in the desert to receive spiritual direction or healing.
One of the beautiful things that emerged was this soul-full practice of Breath Prayers, meditating on short, one to two-word prayers. They often did this while sitting outside their huts and weaving basket from reeds.
As you can see, the idea about the breath prayer is that it can go with you throughout your day. You can pray as you go, breathing a prayer in and out.
Or you can stop periodically throughout your day by setting a reminder on your phone, to take a moment to pray.
Brain science also supports breath prayer because of the deep breathing you do that calms your brain and the rest of your body. Breath prayer is a stress reducer both psychologically and physiologically.
God wants to meet with you anywhere throughout the day. You can stop, breath and listen.
The how-to is simple, putting it into practice, more challenging.
How to Start
I would recommend starting your day with this practice until it becomes more of a habit…