You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.Psalm 51: 6-9
In his Prayer, George Buttrick offered the following “hints” for a regimen of prayer: (Read an excerpt from the book)
- Prayer is friendship with God. Friendship is not formal, but it is not formless…
- Prayer begins, not in asking, but in a silent self-preparation.
- …a primary impulse and the experience of praying people show that the first stage may be thanksgiving
- Prayer my next become confession…It should not be ruthless, but it should not excuse…
- Then may follow a prayer of intercession, without which most earnest prayer might sink into selfishness.
- The fourth-order in our prayer may be petition. It comes last, not because it is most important, but because it needs the safeguard of earlier prayer
- The intervals of these four prayers should be filled by meditation…Prayer is listening as well as asking; and its deepest mood is friendship held in reverence
How does your prayer time look? Is if frequent? Does it have a regimen?
Buttrick often urges specificity in all prayers. Why might that be important?
Try setting aside some time each day this week and pray according to Buttrick’s outline. Journal your thoughts and observations.