I’ve never heard the term “Breath Prayer” until now, though I’ve been SAYING them for the past 25+/- years, lol.
I usually use this method of praying when I can’t close my eyes - driving mostly, though also when cooking/ doing dishes/cleaning/or (most especially) when I’m getting frustrated with my husband.
My typical form of breath prayer runs along the lines of “please don’t let that person [accident on the road] have been seriously injured”, “please let me speak to him/her with the love You have for them”, or “please show me how to show them grace”, but I’ll also make requests like “help me to be more faithful”, “more of the kind of person You want me to be”, “more forgiving”, “help me to love the ‘unlovable’ in a way that only comes from You”, etc.
It’s a rarity for me to make a personal request when I pray these types of prayer, though I’ll occasionally ask for relief of pain (I have multiple medical problems and most of them involve pain in 1 way or another). Most of the time, I leave my own issues out of my prayer life altogether… yes, I’ve been spoken to about that MANY times by well-meaning friends who tell me that God “doesn’t want me to be in pain” or have illness or whatever, but I just feel like He has way more important things to deal with than my pain. This whole messed up world needs saving, there’s homelessness, joblessness, disease, people starving, people in jail or prison, wars all over the place, and on and on; who am I to complain about some pain?
Oops, sorry, that was a rabbit trail, but you get the gist. Anyway, I pray what’s in my heart at the time. I figure everyone I meet or speak with (or see around me) needs prayer - we ALL need prayer, right? So a lot of the time, I’ll pray just a breath of prayer (I love that phrase) for whomever I’m speaking to while I’m talking, or for the homeless guy on the corner as I dig out a few dollars, or the cashier as she deals with the guy in front of me who is giving her heck - and for him as well because he’s got something going on that’s causing his anger or rudeness!
Thanks, Carson, for this great topic. I always learn something new or a new way of looking at things when I’m on this site. Thank you!
God’s blessings to you and every subscriber visiting. May the peace of Christ be with you.