Anxiety Help, Ways to Pray Series

Breath Prayer

A breath prayer consists of repeating a simple phrase
to your breathing pattern
so that you can say it anytime or anywhere. 
“Breathe in God” ahhh ……
“Breathe out God”  shoo
It has been practiced in the Christian church for centuries
to make people aware of God’s presence. 
God is even closer to you than your breath,
and God is in every moment. 
This way of praying helps to clear the mind
and center you in your heart. 
It is a way to make each moment into a prayer
and it incorporates easily into any lifestyle.

Many prefer to take a phrase from a sacred scripture passage but any phrase that brings you peace can work.

Here are some examples:

  1. Be not afraid, I am with you.
  2. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
  3. Let it be done to me.
  4. Jesus, I trust in you.
  5. Beneath your compassion, we take refuge.
  6. All the desires of my heart are flowing to me continuously.

Let’s practice with “Be still and know that I am God.”
Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly.  
Take a couple deep breaths from your belly, not your chest. 
Do you notice any tensions in your body? 
Now try the breath prayer:
On the breath in think, “Be still and know”
and on the breath out think, “that I am God.” 
Try this for about 10 breaths.  Then check in with your body again. 
Do you notice any changes in the places where you felt tension? 
And how is your mind? 
Hopefully it is more clear and present to this moment. 

Here is a practice of using breath prayer to ask for what you need. Try it and let me know what you think!

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