I take breathing for granted. Until I can’t breathe.
It hasn’t happened in a long time, but a severe bout of bronchitis, a few years ago, sent me to the emergency room, my face gray from lack of oxygen.
I also take running water for granted until the water line in our neighborhood springs a leak and the water supply is shut off. I bet I returned to my sink four times yesterday absent-mindedly turning on the faucet only to be reminded there was no water!
I (kind 0f) appreciate days like yesterday that remind me of the blessings I take for granted.
But I digress.
Back to breathing.
Take a deep breath in, long and deliberate. . . .hold it a few seconds (not until you turn gray please) and let it out s-l-o-w-l-y. And one more time. Fill your lungs. Hold that air in. Let it out.
We would be dead without it.
But there is another breath that most of us live ignoring just as we do the air in our lungs. We take it for granted. Ignorance is not bliss in this case, but instead keeps us from living our full potential in Jesus. This lack of breath holds us spiritually lethargic, not running with full power . . . the life color absent. Our spirits would be gray if we could see them.
We aren’t alone. It’s been an issue since the beginning of the Church. Look at this prayer that Paul prayed:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will know Him better” (Ephesians 1:17).
Digging under our translation reveals the amazing meaning of “Spirit”. I bet you can guess it. I’ve set you up for it. Here’s the Greek word and it’s meaning:
- Pneuma: Breath.
The Holy Spirit is like breath. Paul prays for the Holy Breath of wisdom and revelation be given so that the people will know Jesus and our heavenly Father better. Come dig deeper with me into the ancient words.
- wisdom= knowledge of hidden things, learned research, deep understanding.
- revelation= uncovering, unveiling, disclosure
- know= this “knowledge” is in contrast to ignorance”
Am I just geeking out? Do you see the richness of these words and their deeper meaning? Paul’s prayer is for knowledge of hidden things, things learned by digging, deep understanding. . . deep, below the surface. He prays for the people to no longer be ignorant of the life breath in them which Paul continues to speak of in his prayers as the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.
Now that’s powerful Breath!
How do we obtain it?
By breathing aware of the possibilities. No longer ignorant of the Spirit in us.
With every breath pray this prayers:
Breathe. . . Holy Breath fill me.
Breathe. . . Help me know you better.
Breathe. . . Uncover what I can’t see.
Will you pray with me?
“Oh, Lord, breathe in us the Spirit that enables us to know you more- don’t let your people be ignorant. Reveal hidden things to us as we spend time with you and dig into, research, your Word. Make us aware. Don’t let us take Breathing for granted. Amen.”
I love you with the love of Christ.
Finding Purpose with every Breath,