March 3, 2008

Praying the Hours

Since my trip to New Mexico to pray with monks in the desert, I've been drawn to rhythmic, orderly prayer. Tim Keel, pastor at Jacob's Well has posted some excellent resources for praying the hours. Tim says this,
The discipline of fixed-hour prayer is a challenging practice for most people to begin to engage because for many of us it is such an alien orientation to a spiritual practice that has largely been individual, spontaneous, and self-directed.
Hope this help in some way. I highly recommend fixed hour prayer, although I suck at it. There is something about moving in and out of prayer towards work and life, instead of the other way around.

2 comments:

adam said...

Do you use a particular book or resource?

JoeBumbulis said...

whenever the semester is over i'll probably go back to using the northumbria prayer book. i've also heard phyllis tickle's works are helpful.

i really recommend a pilgrimage to a monastery, there's nothing like waking up at 4 in the morning to pray. but of course, that's not for everyone.