All living beings have a few things in common, two of which are eating and breathing. We don’t even think about the latter unless we are having trouble doing it or practicing deep breathing. Our bodies do it autonomically, allowing us to concentrate on other aspects of life.
What if prayer were as easy as breathing? Sometimes we make it more complicated and difficult than it really is. I know this from personal experience, as many others do. I used to believe the time of day, position, duration and location were all prerequisites for proper prayer. I have learned otherwise since I discovered that grace is a major factor in prayer. God is more interested in what’s in our hearts than any of those above listed “requirements.”
The good news is prayer really is as easy as breathing. Some call short prayers that can be said with one inhale or exhale breath prayers. They obviously don’t take the place of regular, more-than-a-few-minutes prayer, but they are helpful as you go through your day. They direct your heart and mind back to God and can be any type – praise, worship, lamentation, friendly chat or simply reconnecting with him during a long day.
Here are some of my favorites: your mercies are new every morning; I have been crucified with Christ; I am in you and you are in me; the Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock; I love you because you first loved me.
Any verse (or song lyric) can be made into a breath prayer. It’s as easy as inhaling – Lord, you’re my shepherd; and exhaling – I have everything I need. Easy as breathing.