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.