Breathing Prayers

Author: Lily Walsh — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: April 16, 2023

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Breathing Prayers
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Prayer has never been easy for me. It’s not that I don’t know how to pray,
but it takes a lot of discipline for me to stick to praying even when I
don’t feel like it. I’ve heard stories of people in the Bible and
missionaries who had ground-shaking prayer lives but that’s never
happened for me. However, as I pushed through my insecurity about prayer
and just started doing it, I found out that I don’t need to have all the
answers. My life became so much more peace-filled when I interacted with
God regularly in prayer.

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For me, one of the best things about praying is that I can do it anytime,
anywhere. More than that, I can choose to have a constant conversation with
God. This has been such a beautiful part of my walk with Him. When I’d have
to make a split-second decision, I’d whisper “God, help me,” and then,
often, I would have clarity. When I saw something beautiful, like a waving
flower or a singing bird, I’d smile and pray, “Thank You, God.” These
simple prayers became more and more natural. I wondered if this was what
Paul meant when he said to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). I
started calling these short, one-sentence prayers “breathing prayers”
because I started doing them without thinking, kind of like breathing.

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As I interacted with God more and more through these simple, child-like
prayers, my relationship with Him deepened. He opened my eyes to things I
hadn’t seen. It was like I was holding His hand throughout the day. The
truth is, you don’t have to be a missionary to have a rich prayer life.
Every child of God—every person who has put their trust in Jesus—can enjoy
constant communication with Him. God is listening, He loves you, and He
loves hearing from you! Through prayer, He invites us to lean into His
strength as He equips us for everything we face. As we communicate with
God, we get to experience the closeness we have with the One who loves us
so dearly. • Lily Walsh

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• God invites us to be in relationship with Him. Even though our sin
separated us from God, He made the way for us to be close to Him through
Jesus’s death and resurrection. Now, everyone who has put their trust in
Jesus is brought near to God! Yet, we can still choose how much we interact
with Him. Why do you think God calls us to communicate with Him continually?

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• We all feel hesitant to pray sometimes. How could this author’s personal
experience with prayer give us hope to reach out to God even when we feel
resistance?

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Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)

 

Read Verses:

Jeremiah33:3; Luke 18:1; 1Thess:5:16-1Thess:5:18; James 5:13-James 5:18

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