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Habit #1 - Framing Your Day in God’s Love

In the book The Common Rule, Justin Earley introduces three simple prayers to help you get started. This video, which was shared on Sunday, explains the habit of kneeling prayer.

Morning Prayer: Spirit, I was made for your presence. May this day be one I spend with you in all that I do.  Amen.

Midday Prayer: Jesus, I was made to join your work in the world. Please order the rest of my day in love for the people you have given me to serve.  Amen.

Bedtime Prayer: Father, I was made to rest in your love. May my body rest in sleep, and may my mind rest in your love.  Amen.

Here are some other ideas and resources to expand your prayers.

  1. Pray the Lord’s Prayer
  2. Rehearse the four affirmations we are using in this sermon series.
  • I am accepted in Christ
  • I am free from the power of sin
  • I am not alone, I have the indwelling Holy Spirit
  • I have authority over the kingdom of darkness
  1. Rehearse our Way of Life
    By God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ, I have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the beloved Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

    I am a son/daughter of God, deeply loved by God.
    I am a servant, called to put the needs of others before myself.
    I am a steward, investing what I have for the kingdom of God.

    I will proactively seek to love God and love others.
    I will daily pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit.
    I will live with the conviction that God is at work in my life.
    I will maintain unity with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
    I will invest what I have been given for the sake of the kingdom of God.

  2. Use a Prayer Book
    My favorite one is A Diary of Private Prayers by John Baillie. This book has a morning and evening prayer for each day of the month.

    Other Prayer Books:
    The Valley of Vision 
    The Book of Common Prayer

Also, two times during this series, I will be hosting a Thursday night “workshop” to process through these habits. 

  • Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 pm, I will process the four “daily habits”
  • Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 pm, I will process the four “weekly habits.” 

Please register here for the April 15 meeting.