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Daily prayers: Introduction

In a short new year's series across the next seven days, we'll be posting a cycle of daily prayers shared by Peter Adam.

These are the prayers I pray for myself each day in the morning. I write them down, not because I don’t value extemporary prayer, but because I find these prepared prayers personally useful.

Without them, my daily prayers are usually unimaginative, repetitious, self-centred, task- orientated, and without an appropriate focus on God.

These are prayers which enlarge and enrich my praying, and which I need to pray every day.

I revise them about every two months, in response to parts of the Bible I have read, in response to the areas of sin and need in my own life which have become more evident, and in response to advice I give to others and then realise I need to follow myself!

You may not need to pray these particular prayers, but these prayers may encourage you to write the prayers you need to pray, if you find this practice helpful.

This is not a superior way to pray: it is currently a useful aid to my prayers.

You will notice that these are prayers for myself as a person, and as a minister. They are also the prayers of a single person, and I imagine that the prayers of a married person may well be shaped differently.

My morning daily intercessions are not included. I have a list of people and ministries and places to pray for each day.

If you are nervous about praying prepared prayers, then remember that you do so when you sing a hymn or song in Christian meetings!

And you might like to look at two excellent sources of prayers.

Matthew Henry, A Way to Pray, ed. O. Palmer Robertson (Banner of Truth Trust). This is a collection of Biblical prayers by Matthew Henry, revised and updated by O. Palmer Robertson. Matthew Henry was the great Bible commentator, who realised that people needed help in their daily prayers.

Arthur Bennett, The Valley of Vision (Banner of Truth). This is a series of prayers based on the writings of the Puritans.

Both of these books show the value of prepared prayers, and the value of basing our prayers on the Bible, turning God’s words to us into our words to God.

Image: Otto Greiner, Betende Hände

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