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Breath Prayer

The Breath Prayer that we know today originated with the Desert Mothers and Fathers The Breath Prayer that we know today originated with the Desert Mothers and Fathers as a way to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It’s a way to center yourself in God as your begin our day.

  1. Close your eyes and recall the line “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Be still, calm, peaceful, open to the presence of God.
  2. Choose a phrase. It can be a verse from the Bible or a line of praise and petition (one common formula is a name for God followed by your desire: “Loving Creator, bring me love/joy/peace.”) You could also use the inward breath to name what you would like to receive and the outward breath to state what you would like to release.
  3. Breathe in and out, with the first part of your prayer coming to mind on the inward breath and the second half on the outward breath.
  4. Continue your prayer for a set period of time or until you feel you have reached a sense of inner stillness as you dwell in the presence of God. Start with 5 minutes and see if, by the end of the month, you can do 12 minutes of prayer.

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