Breath-Prayers

A recent post by Mitch Teemley titled

Prayer is Air!

made me think … a lot. I then remembered two prayers my husband prayed some time ago. He has prayed many times and many prayers, but I will never forget these two prayers as long as I live.

The first one he prayed several years ago. It was late at night. We had just pulled into our driveway after a long and hard day. We were alone and walked up the dark walkway to the house. He stopped for a moment, looked up into the starlit sky, took a deep breath and said,

“Lord, if you are not coming with us, we are going to die!”

It was as if the universe at that moment inhaled his words. I know I did. He wasn’t melodramatic or exaggerating. Those words portrayed our dire need and his confidence in our Living Hope. I knew he was right. I found great faith in that one statement, spoken in that moment. Those words were a reminder that we don’t need polished language to convey our need to an omniscient God. It is the awareness of our neediness that lays a necessary foundation for our communication.

The second prayer came out of a similar, but even bigger need. We were in the ICU room of our son. He was in an induced coma and on a ventilator after a serious accident which left him with three chest tubes and an inability to breathe. My husband got on his knees next to the bed and prayed out loud,

“Lord, he is yours. We will love you no matter what your plans are for our son!”

Our son needed breath. We did too, though a different kind. When my husband prayed that day, next to the hospital bed, God infused our souls with truth, confidence and faith. Words which came out of a desperate need brought the knowledge of who was in charge of filling it.

If you find yourself in need of a fresh breath of God, if your circumstances are dire, if you feel far away from God, try telling Him your need in the next breath you take. Then, just as you take the next one, remind your soul of who God IS. Then do it again … and again … and again.

The Spirit of God has made me,
    and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 
Job 33:4 

18 Comments on “Breath-Prayers

  1. Such powerful prayers and lovely photography, dear Heidi. To tell God we will love Him no matter what His will is for our loved ones is beautiful faith in the eyes of the Lord.
    Blessings ~ Wendy Mac

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  2. It amazes me how much power there can be in the shortest of prayers–the way one sentence spoken in his throne room can recalibrate out emotions, reset our faith, and regenerate peace. Hallelujah God makes that possible!

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  3. Thank you, dear Heidi! How vulnerable and real this is . . .how I want all my prayers to be. Blessings and love as you pray on!

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    • If even Jesus can’t do anything without the Father (see John 5:19, John 5:30, John 8:28 and John 12:49), we have to admit also that we are helpless. Thanks for reading, dear friend ❤️

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  4. Heidi, such beautiful words. As I read your post, I thought about what a depth of relationship you and your husband must share. There’s something about realizing how helpless we are and how only One Person can meet our needs and fix our problems and pain, praying to Him, and then seeing how He works in us and in our situations. The yieldedness revealed in the prayers you shared here is beautiful.

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    • We do have a great relationship. After three decades of marriage I have come to appreciate all the things I tried to change for the first twenty nine years 🤣
      When he is asked about our relationship he says, “Cheaper to keep’er!” … He can be funny at times

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  5. What a beautiful reminder! Your husband’s prayers are so full of faith! Thank you for sharing this inspirational post!

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