OPW#5. Class #5. The Pastor’s Spiritual Life (November)


Class #5. The Pastor’s Spiritual Life (November)
Methodology: Spiritual disciplines
Application: Organizing for Long Term Spiritual Health
“What is God doing here and how can I cooperate with God?”

I. THE PASTOR’S DEVOTIONAL LIFE: Psalm 1 – Clergy Revised Version
1 Blessed is the pastor who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but the pastor’s delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law the pastor meditates day and night.
3 This pastor is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that this pastor does, this pastor prospers.
4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Day and Night:
– Morning Prayer – Quiet Time – The “4 S” Method – Mark 1:
– Evening Prayer – The Jesuit Examen

What are the recommended times each day for us to pray?

I like the reference in Psalm 1:2 morning and evening. of course this could refer to all day, but I think it makes great sense to pause in the morning before the day starts to think and to pray, and then pause again at night to review the day with prayer.

There are two systems of Prayer which is morning and evening. The quiet time normally takes place in the morning as we begin our day. the Jesuit examen takes place during the day, perhaps it noon and at the end of the day. The focus of the examen is to review and repent from our mistakes, so some of the day has to go buy an order that we have something to repent as we review the day!

Wikipedia describes three daily times for prayer:

Prayer—as a “service of the heart”—is in principle a Torah-based commandment. It is not time-dependent and is mandatory for both Jewish men and women. You shall serve God with your whole heart. — Deuteronomy 11:13

However, in general, today, Jewish men are obligated to conduct tefillah (“prayer”) three times a day within specific time ranges (zmanim), while, according to some posekim (“Jewish legal authorities”), women are only required to engage in tefillah once a day, others say at least twice a day.[3]

Traditionally, since the Second Temple period, three prayer services are recited daily:
Morning prayer: Shacharit or Shaharit (שַחֲרִת), from the Hebrew shachar or shahar (שַחָר) “morning light”,
Afternoon prayer: Mincha or Minha (מִנְחָה), the afternoon prayers named for the flour offering that accompanied sacrifices at the Temple in Jerusalem,
Additional prayer:[4] Arvit (עַרְבִית, “of the evening”) or Maariv (מַעֲרִיב, “bringing on night”), from “nightfall”. [1]

Based on Psalm 119:164, Benedictine monks set aside work to pray seven times a day.

Quote: In the practice of Christianity, canonical hours mark the divisions of the day in terms of periods of fixed prayer at regular intervals. A book of hours normally contains a version of, or selection from, such prayers.[1] The practice of daily prayers grew from the Jewish practice of reciting prayers at set times of the day known as zmanim: for example, in the Acts of the Apostles, Saint Peter and John the Evangelist visit the Temple in Jerusalem for the afternoon prayers.[2] Psalm 119:164 states: “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws” (of this, Symeon of Thessalonica writes that “the times of prayer and the services are seven in number, like the number of gifts of the Spirit, since the holy prayers are from the Spirit”).[3]
In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelite priests to offer sacrifices of animals in the morning and evening (Exodus 29:38–39). Eventually, these sacrifices moved from the Tabernacle to Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. During the Babylonian captivity, when the Temple was no longer in use, synagogues carried on the practice, and the services (at fixed hours of the day) of Torah readings, psalms, and hymns began to evolve. This “sacrifice of praise” began to be substituted for the sacrifices of animals. After the people returned to Judea, the prayer services were incorporated into Temple worship as well. The miraculous healing of the crippled beggar described in Acts 3:1 of the apostles, took place as Peter and John went to the Temple for the three o’clock hour of prayer. In Act 10: 9, the decision to include Gentiles among the community of believers, arose from a vision Peter had while praying about noontime.
Already well-established by the 9th century in the West, these canonical hours consisted of daily prayer liturgies:
Lauds (early morning; dawn)
Terce (third hour after dawn)
Sext (noon – sixth hour after dawn)
Nones (3 pm or ninth hour after dawn)
Vespers (sunset evening)
Compline (end of the day)
Matins (nighttime)

The three major hours were Matins, Lauds and Vespers; the minor hours Terce, Sext, None and Compline.
(The Second Vatican Council abolished the office of Prime – at first light.)[2]

It’s posssible to pray the hours by setting a chime or alarm on your phone every three hours for 9 am (Terce), noon, three pm, 6 pm for Vespers and 10 pm or bedtime for Compline.

NOTE (my response)



[1] Jewish prayer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_prayer

[2] Canonical hours. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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