As a runner, the practice of proper and deliberate breathing is needed and often taught by many in the fitness community. However, no on needs to tell me to “breathe”. Of course I am going to breathe, but the breathing must be controlled and decisive. It must be disciplined. Otherwise, we can work ourselves up into anxiety, get out of control, and become weary. Even taking a breath for every so many steps is taught. Our bodies need proper flow of oxygen to keep our bodies from getting wore out.
I see similarities in prayer. We need times of deliberate prayer. As a child of God, no one needs to tell me too pray. I pray in my mind, under my breath, casually. It’s innate, He’s my Father. Though we need deliberate times of prayer and refreshing, where are minds are engaged to conform and become willing to the Father’s will. It’s time of deliberate listening and speaking, hearing His heart, with believing prayer to pursue Him. This is not casual prayer that we do in every day life. This is taking our will to crucify it. It is determined and willing to come the Father on our own initiative to know His best.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. – Heb.11:6