DAY 4: O – for Own Pattern of Prayer
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ: DANIEL 6:10 (GNT)
When Daniel learnt that the order had been signed, he went home. In an upstairs room of his house there were windows that faced towards Jerusalem. There, just as he had always done, he knelt down at the open windows and prayed to God three times a day.
To pray is to communicate with God. Traditionally it is defined as involving the following elements: ‘supplication, adoration, praise, contrition, or thanksgiving’ (Collins Dictionary). Innumerable books and articles have been written on the subject and there is much we can learn from them. But like the analogy of the skipping a rope, in Day 3, in the end we have to make a start and journey on. How we pray evolves with time and changes with the ages and stages of our lives.
Setting time aside, developing a structure and a rhythm of prayer are all important ingredients on the journey. Daniel stopped to pray three times a day and even the order from the King, did not deter him from doing so.
As the New Year gets under way, it is a good time to review and reflect on your current pattern of prayer.
- How do you feel about your current pattern of prayer?
- Does it fit in with current roles and responsibilities?
- Are you encountering difficulties in maintaining it?
- What do you enjoy about it?/find challenging?
As you ponder on Daniel’s pattern of prayer ask God to show you the pattern of prayer that is appropriate for you in the season you currently find yourself in.
PRAY the Lord’s Prayer.
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from this verse/reflection in your journal.