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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.