Rule of Prayer

Pax_Life-01What is a Rule of Prayer?

A Rule of Prayer is a framework for daily prayer. It offers a basic framework of spiritual practices that you can use or adapt to your existing pattern of prayer.

The purpose of the Rule of Prayer  is to encourage the discipline of spending regular time alone with God. As one author said, “The call to walk with God is a call to a life of prayer and devotion…a pattern in our lives in which the voice of God has access to us.”


How do I take part in the Rule of Prayer?

There are a number of ways you can be a part of the Rule of Prayer:

  • You can follow the guide of spiritual practices inserting your choices of Scripture and readings.
  • You can adapt the Rule to your existing pattern of prayer.

 
Rule of Prayer   (a devotional framework of spiritual practices)

Morning Devotions

Silence

Beginning with silence offers you a time to quiet your thoughts and distractions, and  prepare yourself to be with God. Spend at least 5 to 10 minutes in quiet centering. As thoughts interrupt your silence, gently turn your attention back to God with “Here I am Lord.”

Scripture Reading

Read slowly pondering and meditating on God’s word. Ask God to help you be open and receptive to Him. Allow the passage to be God’s living word for you this day. How is God’s word intersecting with your life?

Spiritual Reading

Read and ponder a devotional writing that will offer you wisdom and guidance in the Christian life.

Intercessory Prayer

Offer intercessory prayers for one another.

Journaling

Record your thoughts/insights and conversation with God.

Intention for the Day

How will you live out/incarnate God’s word for you this day? What is your intention as you move into your day i.e. patience, kindness, compassion, forgiveness?

 

Evening Devotions

Prayer of Examen

Reflect back over your day and ask a pair of questions:

  • What brought me life today?
  • What drained life from me today?

or

  • What am I most grateful for today?
  • What am I least grateful for today?

Using a pair of these questions as a lens to look back through your day will help you to notice God’s presence and how you responded. Do not work hard at this. Ask God to show you. You can spend as little as 15 minutes on this form of prayer. The Examen will  help you to develop an awareness of God with you in the midst of your day.

Psalms

Close your day with the reading of a Psalm ( you may want to follow the Daily Office).