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New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

 

Today’s Reflection

Perhaps during this season of Lent you could embark on an experiment with a new prayer discipline. . . . If you do not normally use a prayer book, try the practice of praying daily offices from a resource like the Book of Common Prayer or Celtic Daily Prayers. The Didache, an early church manual, exhorted Christians to pray the Lord’s Prayer three times a day. Perhaps you could reclaim this ancient prayer practice. Since the days of the early church, Christians have found strength and guidance in the discipline of prayer by praying through the Psalms. The Book of Common Prayer has a table of daily psalm readings that allows you to pray through the Psalms in a month. Use this season of Lent as a time to explore some of the joys of prayer that you may not have used previously or have forgotten about over the years.

—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

When have you tried a new way of praying? How did you feel about it? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.
—Philippians 1:4 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Free me, Lord Jesus, from anything that obstructs my way to you. Create space in my life for more kindness, greater generosity, and fewer self-centered needs. Enlarge my heart with a spirit of gratitude this Lent. Help me to recognize the simple gifts that lie in abundance all around me. In your sacred name, I pray. Amen. [adapted from “A Prayer for Lenten Simplicity” on sharecatholic.com]
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2 Comments

  • Rusty Posted March 12, 2024 9:16 am

    Happy to see the Book of Common Prayer and Celtic Daily Prayers mentioned in today’s reading. I use both! I do try out new prayer disciplines often. I find it inspiring to see what Christians do around the world. I believe there are countless permutations on prayer enabled by the Holy Spirit. Certainly, I “freestyle” extemporaneous prayers, mostly, but I find there’s so much I can learn from the way the multitudes from all Christian peoples, tribes and nations pray.

    • Rusty Posted March 12, 2024 9:22 am

      Googling the phrase “daily prayer” with a few other words like country names will yield countless options.

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