Spiritual disciplines are practices that position us to experience and hear from God.


Breath Prayer

A breath prayer is a quick prayer that can be done throughout the day. The idea is that it is as natural as breathing in and breathing out. Usually we address God as we breathe in, and make a statement or plea as we breathe out. You can use one of the examples below, or make up your own. It can be based on Scripture, or be what’s on your heart. The breath prayer draws from the blind beggar’s plea to Jesus in Luke 18:38: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”


“The Lord is my Shepherd, I Shall Not Want.” (Psalm 23:1)

“Lord, have mercy.” (Luke 18:13)

“Speak Lord, I am listening.” (1 Samuel 3:9)

“My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)

“Here I am, Lord. Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

“When I’m afraid, I’ll trust you.” (Psalm 56:3)

“Not my will, but yours.” (Luke 22:42)



Contemplation is a practice of being present with God. You can focus on things like a picture, a Scripture or a view in nature and sense God’s presence.



Examen is a discipline of examining your day (or other period of time) with God. Choose a few of these questions or come up with your own. Often, people practice examen at the end of the day.

  • What am I most grateful for today?
  • When did I feel closest to God?
  • When did I feel far from God?
  • Where did I give and receive love today?


Prayer Walking

Choose a path to walk and pray for things that the places you pass bring to mind.

  • A walk in nature could prompt prayer about God’s creation.
  • A walk in your neighborhood could prompt prayer for the people who live there.
  • A walk in the business district of your town could prompt prayer for the community.
  • A walk near schools could prompt prayer about the students and staff.
  • A walk around your church or ministry site could prompt prayer about the ministry.