Breath prayer is a short petition, repeated in the space of one inhalation-exhalation cycle, that acknowledges the natures of both the Lord and the petitioner.
1. The Jesus Prayer arises from several passages in Scripture. Look up Matthew 15:22 and Mark 10:47. What is the significance of the title “son of David”? Why do you think church tradition transformed this into “son of God”? See also Luke 18:13.
2. What is the significance of the phrase, “I am that I am” (Exod 3:14)? Why do you suppose it affected Sophrony the way it did?
3. How would your friends praying in unison with you be different from praying alone? What would be the advantage of another person praying aloud while you prayed silently?
4. If you were to compose your own breath prayer, what would it be about? Think for a moment. Which of God’s names would you choose to acknowledge who the Lord is? What words would you use to characterize yourself? What would be your petition? How could you shorten it so that it could truly follow the rhythm of your breath?