For the month of January, I’ll be sharing my daily spiritual habits. This week, I’m sharing my daily habit of prayer.
The Value of Prayer
Prayer is an important part of a spiritual life. Working together, prayer and a stillness practice ground you and guide you in your daily life.
Because prayer provides a method to express our desires to God (or the Universe or Spirit), it’s the first step.
As a Christian, you will hear me refer to the Holy Spirit. For me, the Holy Spirit is an advocate, a spiritual guide. But It’s important to use language you’re comfortable with.
My Daily Habit of Prayer
During my Fransican formation, I committed to a daily prayer practice known as the Daily office.
When I left the Episcopal Church, I wanted to maintain that habit without using the Book of Common Prayer.
I now use Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. It includes a daily morning prayer, noon prayer, and evening prayer.
Common Prayer is a true non-denominational Christian prayer book.
Some Possibilities for You
If you’re a member of a liturgical church, your church probably has a daily prayer tradition you could look into.
If you’re looking for something Christian and non-denominational, Common Prayer may work for you.
For something non-religious, I recommend Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein. Gabby offers a number of great prayers as a starting point.
AIso, a relevant 12 step program can offer solid daily practices. As a long-time Alanon member, I’ve often relied on 12 step spiritual practices for guidance.
The best way to get started is to pick a practice. Try it out for 30 days. Then, adjust as necessary. But give yourself 30 days to practice each time you make a change.
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