For the last four months I've started using Daily Prayer from the Church of England as a way to start out my mornings. You might ask, "What is someone who grew up in an Evangelical church doing using Liturgical prayer?" This is a question I've asked myself at times, but the beauty and enjoyment it has brought to my faith has practically erased the question. I will share with you the pieces from my journey that have led into Liturgical Prayer.
A couple years ago, I read Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. The book was profound for me on so many levels. The one thing that Dietrich Bonhoeffer had integrated into his life was Daily Prayer, three times a day: morning, noon and night. He also said that he daily prayed the Psalms. After reading his book, I started praying through the Psalms and it really did open new doors in my faith.
Then last year, I read Our Favorite Sins by Todd Hunter and he would end each chapter with a prayer from Daily Prayers. The prayers started to intrigue me and it got me interested in exploring Daily Prayer. I would return to his book periodically and grab one of the prayers he wrote to use it as a springboard for prayer. Then one night I typed "Daily Prayer" into Google and I came across Daily Prayer from the Church of England and I've been doing it ever since.
Finally, I read Monk Habits for Everyday People by Dennis Okholm and it solidified the purpose and the reasoning's behind the rhythm of Daily Prayers. As he discussed his faith journey, he infused the beauty of how participating in Daily Prayer affected his spiritual walk.
Throughout Daily Prayer, these words are repeated several times. I am still reading through Practice Resurrection by Eugene Peterson and now he is covering the Trinity. Being confronted with these words multiple times on a daily basis keeps me keenly aware of the Trinity and how I can allow the Trinity to shape my life this day.In Christ,
All thoughts in this post are from me and have come from my personal interaction with Daily Prayer from the Church of England.