Our habits shape us over time. A daily habit of prayer and scripture can help us become more attentive to God and allow the truths of the gospel to more deeply change our lives. We suggest you start by carving out 15 minutes each morning and evening and consider increasing the time as you go. It’s important to set aside regular times to pray.
Choose between two versions: full to guide you through the breadth of scripture, or abridged to focus on the Psalms.
Both versions include two devotional emails each weekday, one in the morning and one in the evening. On Saturdays, you will receive a summary of the devotionals from that week, giving you a chance to reflect upon what you read that week and to catch up on any chapters you may have missed.
In the full version, you will read one New Testament chapter and a Psalm every weekday morning, and one Old Testament chapter and a Psalm every weekday evening. Using this plan, you will read through the Old Testament once every three years, the New Testament once every year, and the Psalms three times a year.
In the abridged version, you will read a Psalm every weekday morning and evening, reading through the Psalms three times a year.
Each one of these elements is meant to be experienced as an extended conversation with God. God invites us to be with him, quietly enjoy his presence, listen to his word, and respond to him from our context, and sends us out with his blessing.
We start each devotional with an invitation to God’s presence, a reminder of the infinite and perfect character of God.
We will open with a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), centered around the themes of practices, community, and callings. These set prayers have been used by the church for centuries and draw us into worship as a corporate body of Christ.
Prayers of Confession are honest reflections on how we fall short of God’s calling in our life to love him and to love others. They are also an expression of our need for God’s grace and forgiveness. We will use the Prayer of Confession from Sunday worship to guide our confession throughout the week, in hopes of drawing together our public corporate worship with our private prayer.
The Psalms have always been the prayer book of God’s people, teaching us to respond to God with a full range of emotion. There will be times when a psalm does not connect with your immediate experience. But remember you are praying with a community of Christians. Perhaps someone in your church is going through what the psalm is expressing. It may also be something you’ll go through someday.
Every morning and evening has a reading from the Bible. This is not a time to read it for information, but to listen for God’s voice and to allow God’s word to address your life.
Jesus is our model for intercessory prayer and gives us the power to pray on behalf of others. In the morning, we bring to God the needs and concerns of our lives, family, work and church. In the evening, we thank God for what he is doing in each of these spheres. We’ve added prayer items in case you are stuck.
We conclude our intercessory prayers in the morning and thanksgiving prayers in the evening with a collect. A “collect” (pronounced kol-ekt) is a set prayer that “collects” a community together in prayer. The collects will take our individual, personal prayer and make it communal as we know others in the church are praying it, too. In the morning, we end with the Lord’s Prayer—Jesus' own words that teaches us to pray kingdom-centered prayers. In the evening, we end with a selection from the Book of Common Prayer.
Final blessing that reminds us of God’s good intentions for our lives, sending us out knowing we live in the assurance of God's love.
Adapted from Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year, Written and compiled by Philip F. Reinders Faith Alive Christian Resources 2013
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