Repeat the Breath Prayer until you find yourself at rest before God. Return to this prayer throughout the day, whenever you find yourself anxious or struggling, or whenever it is difficult to love.
WEEK THREE – PRAYER
A life of intentional and fervent prayer positions us to hear from God. We see Jesus practicing prayer in His life. In fact, He taught us how to pray. We look at Jesus positioning Himself before the Father in prayer—to hear from Him and to obey Him and He calls us to do the same.
Monday, March 8 | The Pattern of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-16 + Luke 5:16
- As you inhale, pray… “Your Father knows what you need…”
- As you exhale, pray… “before you ask Him.”
Father, show me how to pray. Give me the wisdom to ask for what I need in faith, to offer praise and gratitude with eagerness, to protect my heart from fear and unforgiveness, and to show the same mercy to those around me, just as you have shown mercy to me. Amen.
Tuesday, March 9 | The Prayer of Repentence
- As you inhale, pray… “Create in me a pure heart, O God…”
- As you exhale, pray… “renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Lord, you are close to the brokenhearted. You are close to me, even when I fail to live in the way you have instructed. Give me a heart of repentance, a heart that breaks for what breaks yours, a heart willing to be searched and tested and purified. Protect me from callousness to my own sin, and likewise, the self-hatred that seeks to shatter me. Heal and restore me into right relationship with you. Thank you for the gift of your forgiveness.
Wednesday, March 10 | The Prayer of Thanksgiving
- As you inhale, pray… “Let everything that has breath…”
- As you exhale, pray… “praise the Lord.”
Father, help me to pause several times today to thank you for all the gifts you have given to me. Thank you for my life, for making my heart beat and my lungs breathe. Thank you for the people you have placed before me to love and care for, for dear friendships, for children, for parents, for siblings. Thank you for your great mercy and the priceless gift of salvation. Thank you for giving me this day, this hour, this moment to be alive and in awe of your world. Amen.
Thursday, March 11 | The Prayer of Guidance
- As you inhale, pray… “Not what I want, Lord…”
- As you exhale, pray… “but what You want.”
Lord, I confess that I struggle to fully rely on you to guide my life and decisions. I am often fearful, too proud to be vulnerable enough to admit my need for you. Remind me today that your wisdom far surpasses the knowledge of this world and goes beyond all that I fear. In the Garden of Gethsemane, on the last night of his life, Jesus prayed to the father three times for comfort, guidance, and grace to bear the cross before him. May I lean on your truth in this same way today.
Friday, March 12 | The Prayer of Faith
- As you inhale, pray… “The prayer of a righteous person…”
- As you exhale, pray… “is powerful and effective.”
Dear Lord, may I approach you in prayer today with the openness and trust of a child. Help me to bring all of my cares, all of my needs, all of my longings, all of my disappointments, all of my joys, and all of my praise to you without shame or hesitation. I share my innermost life with you, knowing that I can trust you to hold it all, to hold me. Keep my heart tender and my faith strong. Thank you for loving me, your precious child, without condition or reservation, today and for all of time.