Welcome to the daily prayer guide for the month of September! Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28.
As you move toward a time when you begin to guide yourself in daily prayer, I want to encourage you to consider devotionals that might help. By some measures, one of the most widely used is Thomas a’ Kempis’ “Imitation of Christ,” which I have found fruitful to read during times of meditative quiet. If you don’t mind reading antiquated English, you can get a translation for nearly nothing, particularly if you have an e-reader. More modern translations are worth the price.
Again, here’s our basic prayer pattern for the morning:
Praise and Thanksgiving. Again, some useful psalms to consider as part of your time of praise: 18, 19, 21, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 40, 41, 66, 106, 113, 116, 135, 136, 138, 145, 149, 150. Perhaps over several days you can simply work through the list. Once you’re done, you’ll have a good sense of how to spot and pray psalms of praise.
Confession. And remember the Good News: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Petitions. Remember global concerns, then move to praying for your nation, and then from there for your community (including work or school), your church, your family and yourself.
Scripture. After selecting a reading, focus on a verse or verses that really seem to speak to you. Pray around those words.
The Lord’s Prayer, and some silent time.
Meditative prayer and reflection on the day. Sometimes people find this a good time to keep a few private notes in a diary or notebook.
May your dreams be untroubled.