|Posted on August 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM|
In the familiar hymn, Breathe on Me, Breath of God, we read the words- "Breathe on me breath of God, Fill me with life anew". What is this life ? Its not biological life, because we are physically alive while asking for this "life". If it was biological life, we would be dead and therefore wouldn't be able to make the request, "breathe on me breath of God". The question remains, what is this "life" that we are asking for in this hymn. From the context of the hymn it is the work and person of the Holy Spirit. In John 20:22 it says that Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, "receive the Holy Spirit". I have been thinking about this activity called breathing. To breathe means that we inhale and exhale. Biologically we inhale and we exhale. The action of inhaling/exhaling is not the breath itself, but is necessary for the breath to sustain life. If we held our breath long enough, we will pass out. If we are choking because the breath is cut off we will die. It says in Romans 8:26 it says that the Holy Spirit will also help us in our prayers. Praying is the inhaling and exhaling of the spiritual life imparted to us by the Holy Spirit. We inhale the diserment, guidance and wisdom of God through prayer, and we exhale by praying into thosesituations. Breathing the breath of the Holy Spirit through pray should be just as natural as breathing with our lungs. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. When we fail to see the connection between prayer and our spiritual lives, we will die spiritually. In order to become alive again, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to "breathe on me breath of God" and we need to start praying consistently. Even biologically, if we don't stay healthy, our breathing will be affected and life becomes difficult and then it becomes necessary to exercise. The spiritual discipline of prayer (all types) is what get us back in shape and enables us to live again. How is your breathing ? How is your discipline of prayer ? Is it becoming easier, as natural as breathing ? Be reminded of verse three of the hymn we started with: "Breathe on me breath of God, Till I am wholly Thine, until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine". Peace.