“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.”
–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
From the early days of the existence of the Christian Church, daily prayers have been used by individuals and small groups as a way of inviting God’s presence and offering worship throughout the day. Daily praise and prayer has traditionally been offered in the morning, at midday and at night. In ancient times, the rising of the sun and the lighting of the evening lamps were seen as symbols of Christ’s triumph over death and midday was used as a time to pause in celebration of Christ’s presence in the world.
In his book, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living, the late United Methodist Bishop Rueben Job offered prayers for morning, midday and evening. I share them with you and invite you to begin a practice of daily prayer throughout the day as a way of intentionally recognizing God’s presence with us. Daily prayer is an important part of our call as followers of Jesus the Christ. Perhaps you can put the prayers in a place you will see them throughout the day or put them in your electronic device with a reminder chime at the appropriate times throughout the day.
Loving Teacher, come and make your home in my heart this day. Dwell within me all day long and save me from error or foolish ways. Teach me today to do no harm, to do good, and assist me so that I may stay in love with you and my neighbor. Help me today to be an answer to another’s prayer so that I may be one of your signs of hope in the world you love. Amen.
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy. In your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
God of love, holiness and strength, I thank you for the gift of your presence through the morning hours. Continue to make yourself and your way known to me throughout the remaining hours of the day. Grant me grace to follow you in faithfulness, joy and peace. I am yours. Amen.
Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9).
Tender Shepherd of my soul; make yourself and your way known to me in this evening time of prayer and reflection. Bring awareness of my failures and confidence in your desire and ability to forgive my sins, heal my wounds, and mend my broken places. By the power of your presence bring me to the end of the day whole, complete, and at peace with you, my neighbor and myself. Grant a night of peaceful rest and send me forth tomorrow as a witness to your love and grace. Amen.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10).
Blessings as we pray,