Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
Rev. Mike Saunders encourages all of us to find a daily rhythm of prayer which fits us and our lifestyle. This is how he builds prayer into his day.
At the beginning of each day I read the bible. I pray for those who have asked for prayer and I pray for the day.
There are many different ways of praying and many different resources available to help us to pray each day and it is interesting that daily prayer in all traditions includes reading the Psalms, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Here are a couple of ways to begin:
Word for Today is an A5 booklet which is available in church for free. It suggests a single verse to read each day and has a thought for the day based on that verse. You can choose to have it emailed to you each day to help you remember!
Reading the bible helps us to understand what God is like and how he relates to people. Research has consistently shown that reading our bibles is the best way for us to grow in our faith. One way of reading the bible in a year is to have the bible passages and Nicky Gumbel's comments on them emailed to you each day.
At lunchtime I try to stop and pray the Lords Prayer. I have the Lords prayer stuck to the kitchen cabinet above the kettle as a visual reminder so hopefully I won’t forget!
At the end of the day I review the day with God. This is an ancient form of prayer developed by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). I find this very helpful and use it at the end of each day.
Read an explanation of the Prayer of Examen.
It is my hope and prayer that these resources help us draw nearer to God and that each of us learn the unforced rhythms of grace which work for us.