My Breath Prayer

My brother-in-law has been writing a daily devotional based on his daily abiding time. One devotional focused on breath prayers, a prayer encapsulated in a short-sentence (7-9 syllables).

I took the challenge and found my breath prayer: My delight is in you, Lord. The word “delight” means extreme satisfaction. My extreme satisfaction is in you, God. This is my daily prayer — that I would not look for satisfaction in the work of missions but that I would seek and find my extreme satisfaction in relationship with God, knowing that all else will flow from that.

This spring I started leading a core group in my church community. With my travels this February, we got a late start in our regular meetings, but as we started our journey of missional living in Springfield and beyond, I dug first into the practice of abiding and its foundational position for missions.

I encouraged each person to find her or his breath prayer to serve as another tool in their daily abiding time. I told them it was okay to steal from others or work backwards from a song or poem or verse that really spoke to them.

I also recommended that they pair their prayer with a song. As “luck” would have it, a song recently released that not only complemented my breath prayer but the song title is my breath prayer.

My Delight Is in You

My delight is in You, Lord
On Your word I set my heart
You are peace, You are calm for my restless soul
You light my way through the dark

I want to know You even more
Holiness is my desire
Purify, burn in me, come and make me clean
You refine me in Your fire

Here I am, open arms, draw me close to Your heart
You’re my life, You’re my refuge
My delight, my delight is in You
My delight is in You

My delight is in You, Lord
You’re the treasure I have found
You’re the rock where I stand, I will not be moved
All my life is in Your hands

Here I am, open arms, draw me close to Your heart
You’re my life, You’re my refuge
My delight, my delight is in You
My delight is in You

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