I would like to know what Daily prayers are from the readers, including their wording. I am also interested in the Editor’s response, including JWR himself as I believe this will greatly assist fellow readers in the times ahead, including myself. Thank you, – M.S.
Daily prayers are a highly personal thing and your approach to it will generally reflect your background. On one side of the spectrum some use rote memorized prayers. On the other side, some use free form prayers of whatever comes to mind. Many use a combination where perhaps certain phrases are rote and are filled in by whatever is on the person’s mind.
While I used to participate in mostly free form prayer (and still do at times during the day) I have adopted a much more structured approach which helps me make the time that I need with God. I have borrowed the Jewish practice of praying three times a day based upon Deuteronomy 11:19
“…and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
I then use the Lord’s prayer as a model: Matthew 6:9-13
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
I do not just repeat that prayer, but structure my prayer after it. I do it in this order:
- Praise and honor the Lord for who He is. (Psalm 119:12)
- Recognize the promises that He has made to me through scripture. (Genesis 15:6)
- Acknowledge that His will is supreme and that I will submit myself to it. (Luke 22:42)
- I will then spend time studying His Word directly (rather than some study book). (Psalm 119:11)
- I then ask the Lord to reveal any imperfection in me that I may confess it to Him and ask forgiveness. (Psalm 51:10)
- I have a list that I have prepared beforehand of those whom I know have needs and I ask for the Lord’s intervention in each case, by name. (Philemon 1:4)
- Entreat the Lord to increase my faith. (Mark 9:24)
- Entreat the Lord to deliver me (my family) from the evil around us and affirm my faith in Him (Psalm 13).
This is not my only prayer, just my pre-planned, structured prayers. I speak to the Lord throughout the day as it occurs to me to do so. Am I having a particularly hard time at something? Have I just received good or bad news? Has anything out of the ordinary just occurred? These are times that I call out to the Lord. I also have times where I pray alongside others.
Additionally, I am adopting the practice of praising the Lord even in the mundane. I have recently learned of the Jewish practice of blessings. They have a blessing to the Lord for just about everything. We love bread and when bread is served at dinner, I consciously bless the Lord “Blessed are you, O Lord, King of the Universe, who brings bread from out of the earth.” or perhaps with your wine at dinner: “Blessed are you, O Lord, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.” This summer, when the tree ripened peaches were coming off the tree and were so juicy that you literally had to eat it outside or leaning over the sink, I said this prayer every time I enjoyed one: “Blessed are you, O Lord, King of the Universe, who created the fruit of the tree.”
I would note that there have been times in my life when my grief has been so great that my prayer consisted of only a groan. I am quite sure that the Lord heard that groan and wept with me.