Breathe, Pray, Listen

Two friends meet in line at the grocery store.
One asks the other: “Hey, how are you?”
The other one replies: “I’m doing well, thanks.”
“And how’s your daughter? Is she still looking for work?”
“Yes, she is. And she is meditating now.”
“Meditating? What’s that?”
“I’m not sure. But it’s better than sitting around doing nothing!”

Have you ever meditated? If so, you know it is much more than just sitting around doing nothing!

Meditation is defined as devotional contemplation, especially prayer; to think or reflect, especially in a calm and deliberate manner. It is intentional.

So often when we pray, we bring our list of what we need or want for ourselves and others to God. But do we also take time to listen for God’s response?

Imagine you received difficult news from the doctor regarding the health of yourself or a loved one. You meet with the doctor and share your questions and concerns. What if you then walked out of the office without waiting for the doctor’s answers?

It’s the same with prayer. We tell God what is on our heart and mind, but if we don’t wait to listen for His response, we miss what He has to say to us.

So, I encourage you to make an intentional choice to breathe (meditate), pray (talk), and listen (in silence). And, make this part of your daily routine.

The recommendation is to meditate the same time and the same place for 10-20 minutes, twice a day (do what you can). Make your meditation spot welcoming, personal, and private. Light a candle or a lamp to symbolize the presence of God.

Then, breathe from your diaphragm, pray from your heart, and listen from your soul. You will never be the same.


 “Be still and know that I am God.” ~ Psalm 46:10a