Each element is intended to aid us in our experience of communion with God as we adore Him, listen to what He has to say to us through scripture, and respond to him in prayer.
Call to Prayer
Each devotional will begin with a simple passage of scripture that invites us into God’s presence by meditating on an aspect of his person, promises, plan or provision.
Confession is formative. It trains our hearts to recognize the ways our hearts have become de-formed. A Prayer of Confession is an honest reflection on how we fail to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6 v8). These prayers also point to how Christ is at work re-ordering our hearts and bringing redemption amidst the wreckage of our broken lives and world.
Praying the Psalms
This is an old practice. God’s people have sung these songs to God for thousands of years: songs of praise and of lament, songs about abandoned loneliness and songs about joy-filled community. Tim Keller has said that “the Psalms are the preeminent place to see how to deal with your emotions and the conditions of the heart.” Here’s the way to use the Psalms for prayer: Read slowly. Take note of words and phrases. Bring them before the Lord in prayer and personalize the passage as you pray.
Old Testament/New Testament Readings
In-depth study is not the purpose of these readings (Saturdays are a good day for this), but to listen for God’s voice and to allow Him to speak into your life.
Prayers of Intercession and Thanksgiving
We’ve provided some prompts for prayer each morning and evening. Take a few moments to think through the relationships God has given you in your family, neighborhood, community, and vocational settings, then allow the prompts to help you to pray about his Kingdom coming and will being done in these places. Following these will sometimes be a short prayer from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) which the church has used for many centuries to help Christians to consider how the gospel is at work in our callings, communities, and daily rhythms.
A benediction is a blessing to remind us of God’s desires for our lives that sends us out into his creation to bloom where he has planted us.