For a while now, I have attempting to incorporate more prayer into my life. To help do this, I have been using a great book called The Divine Hours, which takes you through the four sets of prayer offices—morning, midday, vespers and compline.
To be honest, there have been times that I have been more faithful than others, but the process is one I will continue to weave into the fabric of my life.
This is an excerpt of my morning prayers. I know I have read it other days this week, but this morning, the full weight of the reminder hit me...
Grant to me, Lord. I pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that I, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen....I, who cannot exist without you...
In the busy-ness of life, I forget that I cannot exist without God.
In my self-importance, I forget that without my Creator, I am and have nothing.
That I have no hope of living the life He has called me to without him.
That all I have and all I am is solely because of Him.
Today, when I am surrounded by all the things that will demand my focus and attention and time and energy, I will remember this beautiful reminder.