Finding time for prayer can be really difficult. I’m an Anglican priest (which means I pray for a living, right?), and I know that as well as anybody. It feels like, as our culture of work takes over our lives more and more, we have to fight tooth and nail to spend time with the Lord in Scripture and prayer.
But it’s absolutely essential that we make the time. It’s important that we claim that the day belongs to God and no one else. That’s why I started The Daily Office Podcast, a no-fuss, no-frills way to pray Morning Prayer according to the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer. You can pray the Office while you take your morning walk, while you put your make-up on, or while you drive to work. And in an age when it seems impossible to pray the Daily Office as it was designed to be done—as a community—this is one small, imperfect step toward that ideal.
Also, if you’re new to the Anglican tradition and want to figure out how this liturgy stuff works, I hope The Daily Office Podcast will be an accessible and helpful tool for you to experience and enter into the rhythms of daily prayer and praise we have inherited from the church throughout the centuries.
Liturgical prayer is so important in the Anglican tradition because we view it as the answer to the request the disciples made of Jesus in Luke 11: “Lord, teach us how to pray.” Prayer, it turns out, is quite hard. We don’t always know how to pray or what to pray for, and the liturgy of the Daily Office gives us a beautiful and time-tested method for confessing our sins, praising God, hearing from his Word, and offering our prayers to him. And as we pray these liturgical prayers over and over again, they sink down into our hearts and start to reorder our desires so that, as we go throughout the rest of the day, we begin to see God’s activity in the world a little more easily. We begin to see others as God sees them. We begin to want what God wants.
So if you’ve been looking for a way to offer up your day to God, or if you’re just getting started with the Book of Common Prayer, I hope you’ll join me every morning on The Daily Office Podcast, starting next Monday, July 26. You can start your day with confession, praise, Scripture, and prayer, and then go out to do the work God has given you to do.
Subscribe to the Daily Office Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Listen to the first episode of The Daily Office Podcast here: “A Beginner’s Guide to the Daily Office.”