Breathe In: Solitude with The Lord’s Prayer
Breathe In: A Personal Prayer Retreat is geared for you to individually find a space and spend an hour or more of uninterrupted communion with God. We are thankful for you and your desire to grow in prayerful retreat. You are welcome to come once or as many times as you desire.
Please enter through Door 1 (Chapel entrance). Pick up your guided prayer time packet and sign-in. Please be respectful of others praying, as this is a personal retreat time.
Select a location for spending the next hour or more in solitude before the Lord. The outline is divided into sections that give you direction for solitude and praying through the Lord’s Prayer.
Locations (select one)
- Outdoor Atrium Patio (off Auditorium Lobby)
- Outdoor Prayer Garden (north of the Landing)
- South Foyer
- Prayer Room
There will be pens, booklets, and bibles if needed. Please sign-in on the clip board to help us plan future prayer experiences.
Read Mark 6: 30 – 32
- Sit with this scripture and visualize it.
- Can you remember a time (maybe even earlier today) where you felt like A LOT was happening? So busy that you didn’t even have time to eat? Hear Jesus saying to you just now, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”.
- Join in obedience with the disciples and respond right now: So they went away by themselves to a solitary place.
Mark 1: 35 says:
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
- Tune in to the words Jesus … got up…. left…. went off… prayed.
- How amazing to follow in His footsteps today!
- Take time to sit in silence. Put aside the noise of life, quiet your devices, and let your mind rest in knowing that for the next hour, or however long you have, you are in communion with God. You are here, wanting to be in His presence without distraction, and He is here – waiting for you. Tune out the noise. Breathe. If your mind feels “full”, make a list of things you need to put on the back burner until Breathe In is over. Release your worries and cares to Him. Give God your full attention.
The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6: 9 – 13
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.’”
Read through it slowly. Contemplate the words Jesus gave as a format for prayer.
What stands out to you?
During your prayer time, you will break the Lord’s Prayer down into 5 sections. Give yourself time to dwell on each one.
Focus 1: God’s Glory – our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
- Exodus 15: 11
- 1 Chronicles 29: 11
- Psalm 115: 1
- Reflect on the definition of glory: magnificence or great beauty, high renown or honor won by notable achievements.
- Consider God’s glory. What are the qualities that reflect His glory and worthiness?
Spend time in worship. Praise God for who He is and what He has done. Write out a prayer of thanksgiving.
In what ways have you seen His glory in your own life?
Focus 2: God’s Kingdom – your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven
Psalm 145: 10 – 13
- Give thought to God as King. His Kingdom has no end! Celebrate that.
- As your King of Kings, are you allowing Him full reign of your life?
- Are there any areas in your life where you are building your own kingdom or rebelling against Him?
Offer prayers of praise, surrender and repentance.
What steps can you take in the coming days to walk in obedience?
Focus 3: God’s Provision – Give us today our daily bread
Luke 12: 22 – 31
- Consider the ravens. God feeds them! Of how much more value are you than the birds?
- Consider verse 29: And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.
Write out a prayer of confidence and trust in God’s provision:
- Ponder God’s knowledge and unchanging nature.
- How can you seek His kingdom first today?
Focus 4: God’s Forgiveness – And forgive us our debts as we also have
forgiven our debtors
- Mark 11: 25
- John 13: 34 – 35
- Colossians 3: 13
- Have I forgiven others?
- Have I shown the mercy and grace that God has lovingly shown me?
- Lord, reveal to me the areas I need to offer repentance to you.
- Lord, reveal to me relationships in which I need to offer forgiveness.
Matthew 6: 14 – 15
- What is God speaking to your heart?
- Lord, I commit to walk in forgiveness and obedience to you. Thank you for setting me free from my sin. You deserve all the praise!
Focus 5: God’s deliverance – And lead us not into temptation but deliver us
from the evil one.
- Matthew 6: 13
- I Corinthians 10: 13
- 2 Thess. 3: 3
- James 4: 7
- Consider God’s power
- Reflect on God’s ability to provide a way out
- Think about God’s faithfulness
- Meditate on the words submit (to God) and resist (the devil)
- What do these ideas mean to you?
- How can you apply them in your daily life?
- Spend time in prayer thanking God for His power and leadership over your life.
- Ask Him to reveal areas of temptation where you require “a way out”.
- Offer each area of your heart in surrender to Him.
- Use the space below to write out your prayer of submission:
What steps can you take in the coming days to walk in His deliverance?
As you prepare to leave this space, thank God for His work in your life, and
reflect on how you can share it with others as you go about your week.
Thank you for participating!
Go in peace.
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