A breath prayer is a simple prayer we can say over and over again in a single breath.
"Lord, have mercy." is one example. This prayer from the heart can be expanded also to be, "Lord, Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." or any variation of those words.
Since this is a breath prayer that has provided me comfort and strength in the past, I was excited to review the new book, The MercyPrayer - The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers by Robert Gelinas, to be released on July 30.
Here are a few tidbits I learned from this book that provides a rich background to this prayer:
· Lord have mercy is the most prayed prayer in the Bible
· Kyrie eleison means Lord have mercy
· The Greek word, elaion, sounds like eleison and means olive or olive oil. Makes one wonder about a play on the words. If we would say kyrie elaion we would be praying "Lord have medicine on me" or bring healing into my life.
The author includes Bible stories and references, personal stories and illustrations and historical background to this prayer that has existed for centuries. He also has some practical tips for building this prayer into your daily living.
I have to be honest here though, while this book was an easy read, I found myself just skimming the material. Somehow it failed to completely pull me in and failed to inspire me. I felt he never really connected with me as a reader. Disappointing and actually a little surprising since that doesn't usually happen to me with a book on prayer.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Have you read any good books lately? Please share in the comment section. I apologize ahead of time for not responding to your comment as we are traveling this week. I promise I will answer once we are back home.