A Breath Prayer for Pentecost

I posted this on facebook this morning and meant to post it to the blog as well – enjoy

Tomorrow is Pentecost – this prayer was written as I contemplated the Holy Spirit breathed into us by Jesus (Jn 20:22)
Spirit of God may we breathe in and hold your love within us
May we breathe out and share it with the world
Spirit of God may we breathe in and hold your peace within us
May we breathe out and share it with the world
Spirit of God may we breathe in and hold your life within us
May we breathe out and share it with the world.

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The Lost Dogs – Breathe Deep the Breath of God

As many of you know I love breathing prayers and often post my own.  This video by The Lost Dogs  gave a whole other twist to breathing prayers that it is worth considering – enjoy

Breathe In – Fill Yourself with God

Creation and spirituality - Hannah Varghese

This morning I was sitting reading my Bible, feeling rather distracted by thoughts of all I need to do today.  So I reached for my book of prayers to find one that would help me centre in on God’s presence.  I intentionally looked for a breathing prayer because I have found that they help me to focus on God better than any other form.  I came across this one which to be honest I don’t even remember writing.  It encouraged me once more to reflect on the life of God breathed into us at creation and breathed through us afresh as Jesus filled us with the Holy Spirit.

Breathe out empty yourself: of hate, of fear, of anxiety

Breathe in fill yourself with love, with life, with mercy

Breathe out empty yourself of busyness, of selfishness of greed

Breathe in fill yourself with peace, with joy, with hope

Breathe out empty yourself of idolatry, of self worship, of false gods

Breathe in fill yourself with God, with Christ, with the Holy Spirit

As I prayed this prayer and reflected on its meaning three scriptures came to mind that you might also like to reflect on as you pray it.

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. (Genesis 2:7 NLT)

Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. f you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20: 21 – 23 NLT)

All Scripture is Godbreathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2 Tim 3:16 NIV)

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Jesus Breathes and we live

Yesterday I wrote a new post about breathing prayers.  I talked about the fact God breathed life into us so that we became living beings.   Then I started work on a new article for my book To Garden with God which I intend to revise and update for next year.  I was researching the gospel of John and the theme of re-creation in Christ that is strong throughout the book.

One of the references I used commented on the fact that God breathed life into us in Genesis and then after the resurrection Jesus breathed into the disciples and filled them with the Holy Spirit – the life of the new creation.  (John 20: 22) I was stunned as I realized the implications of this verse.

The Holy Spirit truly is the breath of God that gives us new life  and the ability to become all that God intends us to be – love of God, love of neighbour, a life lived for others and not for ourselves all become possible when we breathe in the breath of God’s Holy Spirit and give ourselves to God’s purposes and not our own.

So today as I plan to stop throughout the day and take some deep breaths in and out reminding myself of the Spirit working within me.  I wrote this prayer to help me focus.

Holy Spirit, breath of God

Fill us with love of God

Holy Spirit, breath of God

Fill us with love for neighbour

Holy Spirit, breath of God

Fill us with life renewed

Holy Spirit, breath of God

Breathe on us, breathe with us, breathe through us


Breath of God breathe on me

The following prayer is one that Tom Brackett the Program Officer for Church Planting and Redevelopment for the Episcopal church shared with us.  We used it recently as the opening prayer for our MSA Board meeting.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

O Breath of God,

You moved on the face of the waters and created order out of chaos…

Calm our hearts that we may hear you!

You who spoke light into darkness and pushed the shadows aside…

Drive out our fears and make your face shine upon us!

You who wrestled with Jacob and marked him as you Israel…

Dance with us in our clumsiness and teach us your ways!

We re what you make of us

So we give ourselves to you.

We have only what you have given us

So we give it all back to you.

We become only what you dream for us

As we learn…

over

and over again,

to say “Yes!”

to you…the One

who wrestles and dances

and creates and comforts

and dreams with us

with this world

with all that ever has been and ever will be,

Amen

A Breathing Prayer

ALong the coast Northern Queensland

ALong the coast Northern Queensland

I have had several requests for this prayer recently.  I use it in the introduction to my GodSpace workshops and wrote it last year when I was in a time of really needing to center down myself.  It really helps me to relax and focus on God.

I suggest that people sit with their hands in their laps palm up while they say the first line and take a deep breath then turn palms down and breathe out as they say the second line.  The lines in bold can be recited by the whole group if you like.  Enjoy

Breathe in the breath of God

Breathe out your cares and concerns

Breathe in the love of God

Breathe out your doubts and despairs

Breathe in the life of God

Breathe out your fears and frustrations

We sit quietly before the One who gives life and love to all creation,

We sit in awe of the One who formed us in our mother’s wombs

We sit at peace surrounded by the One who fills every fibre of our being

Breathe in the breath of God

Breathe out your tensions and turmoil

Breathe in the love of God

Breathe out your haste and hurry

Breathe in the life of God

Breathe out your work and worry

We sit quietly before the One who gives life and love to all creation,

We sit in awe of the One who formed us in our mother’s wombs

We sit at peace surrounded by the One who fills every fibre of our being