Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Daily Prayer App

A practice I want to pursue this year is to use the Daily Prayer App from Church House which offers the daily lectionary readings from the Church of England along with a podcast.

There are morning, evening, and nightly prayers. I don't think I have the discipline of a monk to pray the hours (grin) so I'm sticking with the morning readings. One of the opening prayers is this reminder:

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

(Silence is kept.)

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever. Amen.

Here's a bit of rationale from the app's intro: "Morning and Evening Prayer and Night Prayer provide ways of punctuating each day of the week with praise, prayer and attention to Scripture, Thus, as George Herbert puts it, 'seven whole days, not one in seven' will we praise God, pray for God's world and allow ourselves to be formed and re-formed by God's word."

That's a good word. So as I start 2023 I am trying to put myself in a position for reformation. I'm also reading a Psalm a day. What spiritual practices are you pursuing this year in hopes of growth and obedience to Christ?

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