Breath Prayer
A short teaching on breath prayer


The discipline of Breath prayer is repeating a simple one-sentence prayer throughout the day that is connected to your breathing. It often begins with a biblical name of God that is meaningful to you; followed with a word or phrase expressing your deep God-given desire.


It is in Jesus Christ that “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:29). In the fast paced world in which we live, the powerful ability to center ourselves in a simple, intimate prayer to God can bring calm and an awareness of His presence and power.


Breath prayer can be done anytime and anywhere! Choose a sentence or Scripture verse that is meaningful to you to pray and as you say the first part of the sentence, inhale deeply. Then as you say the second part, fully exhale. Here are some examples:

  • The traditional “Jesus Prayer” – “Jesus, Son of God (inhale), have mercy on me, a sinner (exhale).” 
  • “My soul (inhale), glorifies the Lord (exhale)” (Luke 1:46)
  • “My soul finds rest (inhale), in God alone (exhale)” (Psalm 62:1)
  • “Loving Shepherd (inhale), lead me by still waters (exhale)”  (Psalm 23)
  • “You are my Light & Salvation (inhale), I am safe in Your dwelling (exhale)” (Psalm 27)
  • “The Lord is my strength (inhale), my heart will trust in Him (exhale)” (Psalm 28:7)


Your first step is to decide what your breath prayer will be. Once you choose to pray the Jesus Prayer or some other scriptural breath prayer, take a deep breath and begin!


A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God by Patricia D. Brown