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Jim

Daily devotions?

Do you have a 'quiet time', or daily devotions?
How do you approach them?
Do you use any particular regime or set of daily devotional material to help you?
Ketty

I have several Bibles on my iPhone and one of them has daily devotionals.  I have a daily email, and I have the Word for Today 'magazine'.  Depending upon where I am and with what I'm involved, I use whatever is most convenient.
Lexilogio

Re: Daily devotions?

Jim wrote:
Do you have a 'quiet time', or daily devotions?
How do you approach them?
Do you use any particular regime or set of daily devotional material to help you?


I have used "Reflections" on the IPhone. I also find running is good for this.
Jim

Re: Daily devotions?

The touchscreen phones are off limits for me, as my sense of touch is sometimes a bit iffy.
Like both of you, though, I use several online Bible devotionals, and have a few emails as well.
I stopped some of the latter, though, as they seemed to have a political agenda in them.
I use
www.joniandfriends.org
a lot, though.
Ketty

Re: Daily devotions?

Jim wrote:
The touchscreen phones are off limits for me, as my sense of touch is sometimes a bit iffy.


I can't use touch-screens without my special 'dobber': a soft rubber tipped stylus a bit like a pen.
Paul

Back when I was an RC I used to pray the Divine Office. I had a breviary which had all the hours for the day according any particular liturgical season. I kind of miss it. Orthodoxy does have its own liturgical hours but nothing like a breviary with all the prayers, readings etc. in one book.
cyberman

Paul wrote:
Back when I was an RC I used to pray the Divine Office. I had a breviary which had all the hours for the day according any particular liturgical season. I kind of miss it. Orthodoxy does have its own liturgical hours but nothing like a breviary with all the prayers, readings etc. in one book.


I think you're probably still allowed to use the book.
gone

I know this will surprise people. I wouldn't exactly call it a devotion, but I read my Bible each morning (The gospel of Mark at present) before I get up, and then tell my version of the deity what I expect of it that day.
Paul

cyberman wrote:
Paul wrote:
Back when I was an RC I used to pray the Divine Office. I had a breviary which had all the hours for the day according any particular liturgical season. I kind of miss it. Orthodoxy does have its own liturgical hours but nothing like a breviary with all the prayers, readings etc. in one book.


I think you're probably still allowed to use the book.


Well, I sold it some while back. It was a 1962 breviary. Even if I had it I wouldn't pray it but to explain why I would have to go on one of my ramblings about the liturgy. This not the right thread. I just miss praying the hours and wish there was an Orthodox equivalent to a breviary. In our church we do have matins on most Saturday evenings and vespers or some of the other hours during certain liturgical seasons but I'm rarely able to attend them.
Jim

Praying the office has the merits of encouraging discipline in devotions.
I used to look on fellow evangelicals who boasted of an hour long 'quiet time' each morning, with incredulous envy! I found disciplining myself to silence and 'waiting on the Lord' as the psalmist put it, really difficult, though, over the years I have got into the 'groove'.
Iona helped a lot. The prayer techniques, such as the kaim, labyrinth, and prayer walk, helped me immensly. The latter, in particular, was, and is, useful.
Find a circuitous route you know very well, and walk it, praying as you do, asking that you might be able to think on each situation you find your feet taking you, each house you pass, giving thanks for each sound, each smell, the touch of each surface as you walk. Pretty soon you find your prayer life enhanced in ways you hadn't thought possible.
Paul

Yes, I can see that being useful, Jim, learning to pray from the heart at all times.
Jim

Yes, Paul, I used that bit in
Ephesians 6 when Paul says "Pray at all times...".
I finally realised that, though joining -or raising - hands to God, with eyes closed is a mark of respect to Him, I can also pray as I walk, using my long cane to do the automatic bit, as I negotiate a known route. It's surprising (or maybe not too surprising!) how often I've ben put into a situation when I can share my faith with those around me, in a gentle, non-confrontational way, as I 'prayer-walk'.
JMC

Paul wrote:
I just miss praying the hours and wish there was an Orthodox equivalent to a breviary. In our church we do have matins on most Saturday evenings and vespers or some of the other hours during certain liturgical seasons but I'm rarely able to attend them.


I know this post is old, and you may have found this (or an equivalent) already, but as I've seen you online recently you might be interested in this:

http://www.orthodox.net/services/index.html#S1

There are services/prayers for each of the Liturgical hours in Orthodoxy, but am not sure how similar they are to the breviary. Anyway, the hours in that link can certainly be adapted for private prayer, and I was given a book many years ago with these adapted hours on my conversion, to help in my prayer life.

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