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Colossians 4:2. Devote yourselves to prayer.
The daily offices of morning and evening prayer have provided stitching for the fabric of Anglicanism since Thomas Cranmer’s forms of these services were published in the sixteenth-century Book of Common Prayer.
Jesus prayed regularly with his disciples, who in turn taught their followers to pray regularly to God. And Jesus left us with the Lord’s Prayer, which has a place in each service of the daily office.
Writing about the power of daily prayer, theologian Henri Nouwen said, “The remarkable thing…is that sitting in the presence of God for one hour each morning—day after day, week after week, month after month—in total confusion and with myriad distractions, radically changes my life.”
Daily prayer—whether in a car or a church, in your bedroom or on a walk—creates the framework and the space for interaction with God, even if that interaction is simply being in God’s presence and being open to God’s message. Daily prayer “sets the right tone for you,” said a young seminarian, who has come to love morning and evening prayer. “It keeps you going even when you don’t want to go.” Amen.