What if you were asked to join Epiclesis in taking on a daily Christian habit?
You may already be engaged in some daily disciplines, but there are some things we can do together to remain united and growing deeper, especially in strange times.
These days some of us are reading The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction.
Author Justin Early makes the case for saying that the way Christians move into the future is to rediscover ancient ways. His recommendations come from ages past and reflect formational Benedictine spirituality.
First on the list of his recommended daily habits is kneeling prayer, and he provides three simple ones:
Will you join us? If you can’t commit right away with three-times daily, try one or two. But be consistent. We’re going to come out of this Covid thing, more united, deeper Christians! …And surely our post-Christian nation desperately needs it.
Here are your three prayers– and let’s really get our backs into it. Join us in the discipline of kneeling in humility and adoration of our Sovereign.’
Morning: Father, you sustain all things. You hold me and those I love in the palm of your hand. Help me to trust in your power, and to lead my household in acts of hope today. Amen.
Midday: Holy Spirit, give me presence, concentration, patience, and love today. Whether in my professional or household duties, may I steward all my work towards its proper end: The glory of God and the love of others. Amen.
Evening: Jesus, no matter what happened today, the most important fact of the world is still true: You love us. You died for us. You rose for us. And, you will come again for us. I pray for me, my household, and my church family Epiclesis, that we would feel the peace of that promise, and rest in your love. Amen.