I pray two prayers.
Four words each.
There are times when I find myself repeating one of them again and again. If you heard me, you would think I have O.C.D. or Tourette’s syndrome. Of course I pray other prayers with more words, (and I use a lot of them!), but the prayers, I find, I pray the most consistently are,
I love you, Lord
I trust you, Lord.
This started almost a year ago, but I didn’t realize what I was doing until recently. My husband was using Richard Foster’s book Prayer for a paper he was writing. I love that book, and spent an entire summer dedicating days or weeks to the various prayers Richard presents. I grabbed it and began to flip through, reminiscing about that summer and how pivotal that practice was in my life. I came across the breath prayer. Foster describes it as a short prayer that can be spoken in one breath. It is meant to be repeated as a practice of unceasing prayer. The kind of prayer that is encouraged throughout the New Testament (Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18; Rom. 12:12; Heb 13:15; 1 Thess. 5:17; Col. 4:2; Phil 4:6). The idea is that one’s personal breath prayer is discovered rather than created. It is born from the cry of your heart and helps to consume and focus your mind on Christ.
There is something powerful about a simple breath prayer that is repeated over and over. At the end of the day, instead of having prayed a few times (or not at all…guilty!), I may have prayed thousands of times! I remembered reading this and feeling a bit discouraged. I didn’t have one that readily came to my mind. There wasn’t any one phrase that just came out or that I felt flowed well. I found I was forcing it, so I let it go, and decided to move on. Fast forward almost two years later and I realize that it just happened on its own. I don’t know exactly when it began, but once it started, it didn’t stop.
Telling the Lord again and again how much I love Him, allows my heart to worship Him for EVERYTHING He is and has done. This doesn’t just come out of my joy or glad praise. This comes from my pain and trials. Sometimes it even turns into “I love you too!”, as I acknowledge that He loves me first and best. The core of who I am, is a daughter loved by her Father, the King. Repeating “I love you Lord/Papa/Jesus/too” or whatever else pours out, helps me to center myself in alignment with the truth. There is no place I’d rather be.
There are days when I find myself feeling unsure, questioning more than I am proud to admit, or feeling attacked. This is when I pray, “I trust you, Lord.” It places me in the center of the Lord’s victory. It reminds me that He is already working on my behalf. He has already won the battle and I can trust that my view of whatever I am facing is not the complete picture. There is so much fruit in this! I say it in faith. I say it until I believe it. I trust you, Lord! It is, once again, an act of commanding my mind and heart to come into alignment with the truth that my God is a good, good Father. He loves me and has goodness in store for me. I can trust Him at all times, and I will.
I heard a woman being interviewed by Oprah say that she only prays two prayers, “help me” and “thank you.” While those are great and work for her, my prayers of “I love you” and “I trust you” take a slightly different approach. They are active and from a place of completion.
I am thankful for the invitation to be in constant communication with the Lord….He knows I am always up for a conversation! But maybe you are like I was, lost for words to pray, feeling bad because I didn’t pray enough, or just with a lack of faith to pray big. This is a great place to start! If you want to borrow my breath prayers, by all means please do!! But I pray that you will discover your own and enter into a prayer life full of power, love, and freedom.
Season is daughter of the Most High King. After spending over 30 years performing on stage (from the time she could walk) the Lord called her into full-time ministry. That led Season to pursue her Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in San Diego and to join christianmingle.com in 2011. One led her to graduate with her M.Div in May of 2016 and the other led her to her husband Kris and 3 daughters (Aubrey 14, Alana 13, and Aireana 11).
Passionate about freedom and healing, releasing the glory of God, and telling the best story well – through preaching and teaching, Season has big dreams and prays even bigger. She and her husband LOVE to travel and are always ready with a YES to whatever and wherever the Holy Spirit leads. While full of life and supernatural joy, Season is also almost always full of iced tea.