The Rhythm of daily prayer
During this second season of the Table, participants are to begin to engage in the rhythm of Daily Prayer.
Jesus leads us in the rhythm of regularly retreating to be with God. He begins his public ministry by going in to the desert to fast and pray (Luke 4: 1-12), he often withdraws in order to be with God (Luke 5:16) and before his passion, Jesus spent the night in prayer (Luke 22:39).
One of the key ways Jesus leads us into deeper communion with God is by teaching us the discipline of daily prayer.
From the United Methodist Hymnal, we learn:
"From the earliest days of the church, Christian worshipers saw the rising of the sun and the lighting of the evening lamps as symbolic of Christ's victory over death. An Order for Morning Praise and Prayer and An Order for Evening Praise and Prayer enable United Methodists to celebrate daily the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
These services focus upon the praise of God and prayer for God's creation rather than the proclaiming of the Word. Therefore, preaching or other devotional talks are inappropriate in these services. When Scripture is used, passages should be chosen that will encourage the community in its praise and prayer.
Each order reflects a simple yet flexible pattern. The openings, hymns, songs of praise, responses to prayers, and Lord's Prayer may all be sung, with or without accompaniment.
The rhythm of prayer shapes us to gather each day with God, listen to what God is saying and respond faithfully, share life and faith with those around us and live on mission with God each day.
- Have you ever practiced daily prayer? If so, what did your practice look like?
- Is daily prayer or weekly worship more accessible for you? Why?
-Everyone commit to finding a regular time and place to engage in Morning Prayer this week.
- Follow our liturgy for Morning Prayer.
- Use a journal to record your prayers. If journaling is new for you, use this resource to help get started.
- Share prayer requests around the Table, both joys and concerns.
- Pray for what was shared.