This spiritual exercise is a way to welcome God’s presence during the moments of your day by praying short verses of scripture with your breath. The intentional slowing of your breath by inhaling and exhaling is a proven way to slow down your pulse, and it will help to oxygenate your mind and heart.
This slow breathing will help you to experience more peace when the pace of your daily life begins to create anxiety or tension. It is an invitation to stop and receive guidance when you have a decision to make. It is a way to let go and invite the peace of Christ, as the living Word of God, to meet you during the many moments of your day. Here are some sample breath prayers you can use.
My Identity - Psalm 139
I am God’s – slow inhale
Beloved child – slow exhale
Trust – Romans 8:39
Nothing can separate me – slow inhale
From the love of Jesus – slow exhale
Anxiety – Matthew 11:28
Come to me all who are burdened – slow inhale
And I will give you rest – slow exhale
Fear – Matthew 28:20
Do not be afraid – slow inhale
I am with you always – slow exhale
Guidance – Proverbs 3:5, 6
Trust in the Lord – slow inhale
And he will direct your paths – slow exhale
Confession – Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart – slow inhale
Renew a right spirit within me – slow exhale
Rest – Psalm 46:10
Be still and know – slow inhale
That I am God – slow exhale
Spiritual Exercises are a key way God works in our life; where we hear him. Various exercises are approriate for the seasons and rhythms of our life.