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Daily Prayer

Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
Matthew 11:29

Rev'd Rachel Hartland finds prayer an important part of her day.

Morning - Starting the day with God

At the beginning of each day I use Common Worship Daily Prayer as a way of drawing myself and the day to come before God. It draws together scripture (including Psalms, other Old Testament readings and a New Testament reading) with simple prayers to follow, either on my own or with a small group. There is a chance to pray for situations and people who I'm particularly concerned for. Daily Prayer comes as a book, but more affordable is accessing it via the Daily Prayer App which is available from the App Store (for iOS devices such as iPhone or iPad) or Google Play (for android phones and tablets).

It is also helpful to use something called Reflections for Daily Prayer which is also available as an app from the App Store or Google Play, or in a book, and helps to draw out some thought provoking ideas from one of the readings for the morning.

Other useful resources for reading the Bible and for prompting our prayers are:

  • Word for Today

    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!

  • The Bible in A Year

    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, or access the same material via the free app.

During the Day

Some people try and pray the Lord's Prayer at some point in the middle of the day. Others find that as they go about their daily business they have time to pray in the car (with their eyes open) or other tasks, or prefer to send up arrow prayers as and when concerns appear, or come to mind.

Evening - Reviewing the day with God – the Examen

At the end of the day some people like review the day with God. I do this quietly and informally, and sometimes in conversation with my husband.

More formally, there is an ancient form of prayer developed by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) to help with this, called the Examen. Read an explanation of the Prayer of Examen.

It is our hope and prayer that these resources help to draw people nearer to God and that each of us learn the unforced rhythms of grace which work for us.