15-Minute Formation: A Fresh Breath . . . of Prayer?

This week, aim to set aside 15 minutes (perhaps in  3-minute segments over the next 5 days) to experience a meaningful, rhythm of prayer.

“Breath prayer” has been practiced by Christians through the ages, particularly by those believers in Eastern Orthodox traditions. In essence, breath prayer combines prayer and meditation; in this type of prayer, we repeat a rhythm of simple prayer, saying one phrase in our heart as we inhale and one as we exhale. The most well-known, historical breath prayer is called The Jesus Prayer. Drawn from two key Scripture passages (Mark 10:47 & Luke 18:13), it simply says,

Jesus Christ / Son of God / have mercy on me / a sinner.

(If you’d like to learn more about the Jesus Prayer, click here to read an article about it by Frederica Matthewes-Green.)

We can also pray short Scripture passages in this manner, such as . . .

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8).

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight” (Psalm 19:14a).

Invite God to help you experience this ancient way of praying in a new way in your life.


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