How Is Prayer Our Spiritual Breathing?

When we heard the gospel and believed, we prayed to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and life. Afterwards, we probably continued to pray, asking God to help us in times of trouble, praying to Him on behalf of others, or asking Him for things we needed or wanted.

All of these are different ways we can pray to the Lord. But what is prayer? And how do we pray according to the Bible?

What does it mean to pray?

We pray to know the Lord Jesus, to develop our personal relationship with Him, and to speak to Him about our troubles, needs, and burdens. God is gracious and answers our prayers. But just as breathing air is the most fundamental need for our physical life, receiving more of the divine life continually is the most crucial need for our spiritual life. Prayer is the means by which we can obtain that life.

Simply put, prayer is our spiritual breathing.

Let’s first look at this verse:

“The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.”—1 Corinthians 15:45

What the Lord wants to give us, and our greatest need day by day, even hour by hour, is His life. The Greek word for “Spirit” is pneuma. This same Greek word is used for “breath.” The Lord went through death, and now in resurrection He is the life-giving Spirit, or “breath.”

If prayer is our spiritual breathing, how do we inhale this life-giving breath? How do we receive this life-giving Spirit?

How do we pray?

When we want to do something, we use the right “organ.” We wouldn’t try to use our ears to eat or our nose to hear. We know our mouth is the right organ for eating and our ears are the right organs for hearing.

In order to pray, we need to use the right organ, which is our human spirit. Our soul, with its many thoughts and feelings, is not the right organ to pray to receive the life-giving Spirit. We’ve all experienced how our thoughts can take us around the world and back, instead of to the Lord. Our spirit, however, always takes us to the Lord.

Take a look at this verse:

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.”—John 4:24

The verse says we must worship, or contact, God who is Spirit with our human spirit. Our human spirit is our deepest part. As we contact the Spirit with our spirit in prayer, we “breathe” Him in and receive Him as the divine life, breath. He is our spiritual oxygen.

It takes practice, but we must learn to exercise our spirit as our proper praying organ. We’re used to exercising our mind, the major part of our soul. Because of this, our mind can be very strong and our spirit not so strong. To quiet the thoughts in our mind and to focus on exercising our spirit, it helps to open our mouth and audibly pray to the Lord.

Why do we need to pray?

Besides sustaining our spiritual life, prayer is the means for us to gain God.

The more we pray, the more we take in the spiritual breath and the more we are strengthened spiritually. We receive Him, the source of life, and “inhale” His Spirit as the spiritual breath for us to grow in His life.

Prayer is also a way for God to gain more of us. As we open to Him in prayer, giving Him the big things, the little things, and the in-between things of our lives, talking with Him and spending time in His presence, we allow God to make His home more in our hearts, little by little. As He makes His home in our hearts, our inward being will begin to match Him. Our thoughts, our feelings, our decisions, will be gradually filled with God.

What do we pray about?

When we pray, we simply need to be genuine with the Lord and contact Him with our deepest part, our spirit. It can be as simple as having an honest conversation with Him about our day, or about a situation we’re in. We can contact the Lord who lives inside us at any time, in any place, and about anything that’s on our hearts. This kind of genuine prayer will allow Him the room to work in us, and will give us the sense that we’ve taken a healthy, spiritual breath.

Additionally, when we’re spending time with the Lord in prayer, speaking to Him, listening for Him, and enjoying His presence, sometimes we’ll have a sense in our spirit that we should pray for something specific. The Lord may remind us of a friend He wants us to pray for, or a sin He wants us to confess to Him. We can then pray that back to the Lord according to the sense in our spirit.

The most important thing

Whether we are praying for a personal need or for the needs of someone else, and regardless of whether the Lord answers those prayers, the most important thing is that we contact the Lord with our spirit in prayer to breathe Him in. Through this kind of contact, our relationship with the Lord is deepened, we receive His life-giving Spirit, and our spiritual life is strengthened.

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12 thoughts on “How Is Prayer Our Spiritual Breathing?

  1. The most important thing is that we contact the Lord with our spirit in prayer to breathe All HIS FULNESS IN.

  2. Yes I pray this prayer of being crucified daily also to be resurrected by The Almighty God this is the importance of prayer the power that God has been invested into us by His blessed Holy Spirit

  3. Yes I do my best to seek the Lord first and foremost early every morning. For I am reminded of His Word in Lamentations chapter 3:22-23: that His mercies are fresh and new each and every morning and His compassions fail not. By doing this I can face any situation or trouble that may come my way for I rest assured that His Love covers me.

  4. Deuteronomy 6: 13-15 “Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;”
    (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.”

    * – The “other gods” can refer not only to the false idols often worshipped by Israel, but also to the false gods of this world such as power, wealth, lust, etc.) In addition to its other attributes, prayer is a form of worship, and God wants us to worship Him. Who else, or what else deserves our prayerful worship?

  5. God always answers our prayers, just not always in the time frame or the manner we expect or desire because we do not want or request according to His omniscient will. Thank you, Father, that you always do things in the way that is best and for Jesus sake. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Lord.

  6. I totally agree with every part of this message. “Prayer ia spiritual breeding”, and it needs to be practiced untill it becomes normal function in every aspect of our daily life. This is the most crucial mattter in my need to live Christ. Thanks for this most excellent reminder !

  7. It is a great help to our Christian life to realize that the primary purpose of prayer is not to pray for our needs or other’s needs but to pray to touch the Lord and breathe Him in. Even in prayer sometimes we may want to “work for the Lord”; but what He wants us to do is stop and enjoy Him, eat Him, and breathe Him in.

  8. Thank you for presenting this article, as it is truly the epitome the Christian relationship with God. Not only is it our duty to pray, but the means by which we spiritually grow, experiencing His perfect love and sanctification. In turn, we steadily become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. Of course, satan does his best to put up stumbling blocks. But the stronger our prayer life is, the more difficult it is to be tripped up. It is vitally important though, that Christians remember for prayers to be heard, conditions must be met. We must cleanse our hearts; confessing our sins and forgiving those which have sinned against us (Mk.11:25-26). Also, God must be approached with humility and righteousness (I Pet.3:12); in faith (He. 11:6), praying with all sincerity in the name of Jesus Christ (Col.3:17). I thank the Lord we are no longer burdened like the Old Testament priests, who were required to cleanse themselves meticulously each time they entered the Tabernacle. All praise and glory to God, for we have been offered a new and living way, cleansed through the blood of the second veil, which is Jesus Christ (He. 10:20).

  9. Prayer builds ones relationship with God, which is so important. When you relate well with someone, you are always free with that person, you can know his/her strong and weak points, so when we have a deep relationship with God, we develop the sense of knowing what pleases Him and what doesn’t because we regularly communicate.

    God bless you for the messages you send me/us to develop our inner man so that we can connect with our creator on a daily basis and anytime. My spirit is being built up as I put in practice what I learn.

  10. He is an ever present help in time of need.He is breath and Life, I thank the Father for His Word,In which followers of Christ live by, For us to pray we speak and when we speak we breathe, So I find it amazing how simple It is to Worship , grow, and devwlop in this Christian walk, we just have to be in love with Jesus who is the word and when we speak his word, pray His word, ,sing His word we are communing with God’s Holy Spirit… the Most High, El shaddai Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, Teacher Comfortor, Lover of our Soul, My spirit leaps with Joy! Knowing How Special we are toHim that He First loved us, look forward for each day given to share His truth, and Love 🙂

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