Breathing In Peace

Are you worried?  Paying attention to your breathing and praying as you breathe in and out can be very calming.  It can help you concentrate on God who brings peace and wholeness.  Here are some breath prayers.  I have called them Prayers for Worried People.  We can give our worries over to God, just by breathing the worries out and breathing in the peace of God.

Close your eyes and get comfortable, legs and arms uncrossed.  Slow your breathing.  Notice as the air comes in through your nose and lifts your chest.  Pause.   Notice the air as it leaves your chest, goes through your nose and back into the room.

Each prayer has two phrases.  Begin to pray by saying in your mind the first phrase as you inhale.  Pause.  Then, say the second phrase as you exhale.   Inhale the peace of God.  Exhale your tension and anxiety, giving them to God.  Inhale, pause, and exhale while saying the phrases silently in your head.

Repeat as needed, but pray at least three times.  Following are three breath prayers.  Many others are possible.

1.  The first is adapted from Psalm 40 — many Psalms may be prayed this way.
— O Lord, come to my assistance.
— O God, make haste to help me.

2.  The Sinner’s Prayer.
— Jesus Christ, son of God
— Be merciful to me a sinner

3.  Confession and devotion
— Lord, have mercy
— Christ, have mercy

May these prayers be a source of peace for you.  Breathe out your worries and breathe in the peace of God.  May God bless and keep you.

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About Sonja Roberts Dalglish

I love people, math, physics, and theology. I love mysteries which may explain the list above. I am a polio survivor, having had the disease in August 1954. The vaccine was declared safe in April 1955. I am very pro vaccines. They have increased the health and well being of the world. Presently, I am living just west of Corpus Christi, in Kingsville. For naturalists, this seems to be where the coastal plane and the Wild Horse Dessert meet. It is flat which gives us beautiful sunsets. One of our concerns is climate change. We are already hot and dry and getting hotter and dryer. The cattlemen and women are having to graze fewer livestock these days.
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4 Responses to Breathing In Peace

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Lovely, Sonja! We have been teaching our first graders in Sunday School about breath prayers. We put out some index cards for them to write their prayers on and to take home with them.

  2. It is a wonderful way to learn to pray. I had one young patient with lung cancer learn it. He was a very devout man. It calmed him in a way nothing else could when he was short of breath. So glad your children are learning it early. We have taught our children as well. Blessings, Mary Ann

  3. Jane says:

    I loved your sermon Sunday and the prayers you gave us…very helpful right now. The not worry thing is also appropriate at this time…
    Keep up the good work.

    • Dear Jane, Thank you for the encouraging words. I am thankful that God helps us and walks with us through the good and easy times and also through the valleys and the marshes. I am thankful that the prayers and sermon were meaningful to you. Blessings.

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