There is no more important commitment in our spiritual journey than to pray daily. It might take the form of following a devotional book, or reading Morning or Evening Prayer, or practicing a method of meditation or contemplation, or discovering our own way of being still with God so that we can listen to the most important voice in the world. Listed below are some prayer possibilities with links for more information. Discover what works for you and pray it.
Daily Meditations by Henri Nouwen combines Scripture passages with Nouwen quotes.
ExploreFaith, "spiritual guidance for anyone seeking a path to God," provides information about daily prayer.
Forward Day by Day is produced by Forward Movement Publications of The Episcopal Church.
Sacred Space is offered by the Irish Jesuits. "We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day."
The Geranium Farm, "down to earth support for living," is written by Barbara Crafton.
Prayer Book Daily Worship
For centuries, Christians have been "praying the hours," praying at set times during the day, following a pattern of prayer that carries them through the hours of the day.
Listed below are sites that help you "pray the daily office" online.
Church of England Daily Office
Mission of St. Clare Daily Office
The Daily Office West
A Guide to Spiritual Practice
Offered by CREDO of The Episcopal Church, Bread for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice, is an excellent introduction to different types of prayer.
Learn more about prayer practices.
Through centering prayer, we empty our minds of busyness in order to rest in God’s presence.
Learn more about centering prayer.
The examen helps us reflect on the day and discern what changes we might make in order to live more faithfully the next day.
Learn more about the examen.
With Ignatian prayer, we use our imagination to enter into a Scripture passage in order to experience the truth of the Gospel.
Learn more about Ignatian prayer.
In lectio divina, or holy reading, we rest in Holy Scripture and let it speak to us.
Learn more about lectio divina.
Using the senses to perceive God’s will for us is characteristic of Franciscan prayer, which always leads to application and action.
Learn more about Franciscan prayer.
The labyrinth is an ancient tool for prayer and walking meditation. The design of Epiphany’s labyrinth is patterned after the one at Chartres Cathedral in France. The single path takes the walker through three experiences: shedding and letting go during the walk to the center, union with God at the center of the design, awareness of spiritual calls and ministry on the walk back out.
Learn more about the labyrinth.