The Divine Hours

For the last four months I have been using a prayer book put together by Phyllis Tickle entitled “The Divine Hours: A Manual for Prayer”.  It is Ms. Tickle’s version of a book of common prayer.  It has been a wonderful experience.

Maintaining a habit of daily prayer is a challenge.  To maintain a habit of prayer four times a day is down right difficult.  This discipleship tool not only helps develop a habit of intentional praying, it also helps one pray the Scripture.  You will be amazed how much this becomes a time of conversation with God.

I bring this up now because of a TED lecture I watched today by Sherry Turkle.  Dr. Turkle, a psychologist, speaks in her lecture on the need for self-reflection and solitude in our “connected” world.  Solitude with God gives us time for both.  We are never truly alone in creation, but we can be isolated.  Have a guide based in Scripture, spiritual formation, and discipline is a great help in avoiding isolation, complacency, and leads us toward intentional intimacy in our relationship with our Lord.