Breath Prayer

One day, the Eternal God stopped dirt out of the ground, sculpted it into the shape we call human, breathed the breath that gives life into the nostrils of the human and the human became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7, the Voice)

Breath prayer is a reminder that God is the giver of each breath from our first to our last. We take a simple or short verse and repeat it, as a prayer, with the pace of our breath. This is a prayer that you can take with you: in moments of impatience with kids, driving, working, etc.

  1. Find a comfortable position, close your eyes and take a minute to remember that God is closer than our breath.
  2. As you breath in, say (out-loud or quietly) the first half of your prayer. As you breath out, say the second half. For example:

Inhale: Lord Jesus Christ

Breath Out: Have mercy on me.

3. Continue praying your prayer with your breath for the time you have chosen. Five minutes is a good amount to start, working your way up to twenty minutes at a time. (I have included some of the scripture references, but you do not need to use them in your prayer).

Other Breath Prayers:

Inhale: Abba
Exhale: I belong to you

Inhale: My soul finds rest
Exhale In God alone (Ps. 62:1)

Inhale: You, Oh God
Exhale: Are the giver of good things

Inhale: Speak, Lord
Exhale: Your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:10)

Inhale: When I am afraid
Exhale: I will trust in you (Ps. 56:3)

Inhale: With you Lord
Out: Is unfailing love (Ps. 62:11)

Inhale: In repentance and rest
Exhale: Is my salvation (Isaiah 30:15a)

Inhale: Quietness and trust
Out: Are my strength (Isaiah 30:15b)