Hold your breath as long as you can. Wait till it seems your lungs are bursting and then let your breath go in one big burst.

Now slow all that down and take notice as you breathe slowly and deeply. Enjoy the freedom, the blessing of breath. It is keeping you alive. Without it you will not get oxygen to give you life and energy!

I love page 16 in Catching the Wave prayer booklet. It really is encouraging us to see prayer as breath, as life; our way of life. One of the shortest, most powerful stories Jesus told was the one on day 5 in the book. The story is of the man who sold everything to buy a field where he knew there was buried treasure. It says in Matthew 13:4-45 that in his joy he sold everything he had to buy the field.

The joy of selling everything was based on his anticipation of the gain of treasure. Jesus says the Kingdom of Heaven is like this. The joy of His love, His presence, His friendship is a treasure worth giving our every breath for. And as we do this, we find that this precious gift of ‘breathing prayer’ is the very thing that gives us life. Read a passage like Ephesians 6:18-20, what if we changed ‘pray’ to ‘breath’?

And breathe in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of breath and requests….always keep on
breathing for all the Lord’s people. Breathe also for me…

There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community nearer the end of February 2018. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.