In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer by Robert Benson
from the Ancient Practices Series

A few years ago (maybe 3) I decided that our faith (at least in the circles that I run in - middle to upper middle class, mostly caucasian, Bible-Belters) is generally shallow. And what we needed was to spend more than 2 (up to 4 for some of us!) of our 168 hours of week pursuing God. Then I read "Finding Our Way Again" by Brian McClaren and knew there was something to this...so I'm reading the rest of the series. In Constant Prayer is the first.

I've never been a real disciplined pray-er, so I secretly hoped this book would inspire me to a new level of prayer life. Maybe so. Here are some notes:

pg. 53 - the me generation
pg. 56 - the me generation and worship
pg. 75 - chapter 6 - The Real Currency of Our Age - brilliant chapter! (we plan and prioritize every thing in our lives except spiritual growth - we expect quick fixes for those)
pg. 79 - the wonder and mystery of prayer
pg. 91 - chapter 7 - Lost Between the Daily and the Divine (making room)

I tried the prayers of the Daily Office (liturgy of hours, fixed-hour prayers, divine office, canonical hours, divine prayers, daily prayers) and it was good. Coming from a less (as in none) liturgical tradition, I was a little uncomfortable with the scripted prayers, so I legalistically added my own twist to each...but I did get into the rhythm and it was good. By the way, liked the book. Will start reading "Sabbath" soon.

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