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.