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Breath Prayer

Breath prayer is an ancient Christian prayer practice dating back to at least the sixth century. Known as the “Jesus Prayer” or “Prayer of the Heart,” early practitioners would repeat to the rhythm of their breath the phrase, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” In time, the prayer was shortened to, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy” or simply, “Jesus, mercy.” Breath prayer is a good example of “praying without ceasing,” and has the potential to become as natural as breathing. It is intended to be a very short prayer of praise or petition, just six to eight syllables. The words of the prayer can be easily adjusted to your heart’s desire.

Breath Prayers:

  • “Lord, Have Mercy”
  • “Speak Lord, I’m Listening”
  • “Here I am, Lord”
  • “Not My Will, But Yours”


Try the breath prayer now:

Posted by Alyssa Robinson at 6:00 AM

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