Hi Church Family,
As a college student, I was following Jesus and trying to develop a habit of spending time with Him. My parents and my Young Life leader had told me to listen to God by reading the Bible, but there were a couple problems:
1) I didn’t know WHAT TO READ
2) I didn’t know HOW TO PRAY about what I’d read.
To make matters worse, I was young and rebellious. I didn’t want anyone to tell me what to read or pray, so I rejected all reading/prayer plans!
Fast forward a few years: in 2017 as a new father and a busy youth minister, I knew that I needed time with Jesus even more! That’s when Quigg introduced me to the Anglican tradition of the Daily Office.
The Daily Office is a rhythm of reading the Bible daily and responding through prayer. Thomas Cranmer wrote the first version of the Daily Office during the English Reformation as an antidote to Biblical illiteracy at that time. His goal was for people to “read, mark, and inwardly digest” the whole scripture.
Here is what I love about the Daily Office: it is not merely a “Bible reading plan.” Instead of just checking off a box next to a passage, the Daily Office is designed to be INWARDLY TRANSFORMATIVE. Participants are led though habits of deep prayer: confession, adoration, supplication, thanksgiving.
When I was younger, I probably would have said, “I can do all that on my own!” And, sure I could have… on my best days. However, if I am honest, on most days I need a sort of jump start, a prompt to get my conversation with God going. That is what the Daily Office offers.
“Ok, great! I’m interested. Where can I learn more?”
Podcast of Morning and Evening Prayer– Good to catch on a walk, drive to work, or while cleaning the kitchen.
Also, feel free to reach out to me (email@example.com) I’d help love to get you started on this trail.
Praying for y’all as you engage with the scripture this year! God promises to speak to through his Word. Will we spend the time listening?