Daily Prayer and Reflection
We offer here some links to resources which may support a daily pattern of personal prayer. We invite you to explore one or more of them as possible contributions to your own regular prayer life.
1. Our own on-screen reflections
We have created a simple on-screen prayer space for you to use at home, at work, via phone or tablet, whilst on the bus or train, in a coffee shop or library - or anywhere else!
The links to the daily reflections in the left-hand column of this page will take you to self-guided resources, each one consisting of a sequence of pictures and just a few words to help guide your thoughts as you pray. There is a different reflection for each day of the week and each follows a particular theme.
Sometimes it's hard to give ourselves time to pray, and even harder to know what to pray for. These slides give a gentle structure and use images to help us focus on God and the needs of our world. We hope you find them useful for yourself and also as a resource to share with others.
The themes for each day are as follows:
- Sunday - We pray for the church's ministry and future, and give thanks for its past.
- Monday - We pray for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
- Tuesday - We thank God for creation.
- Wednesday - We pray for the life of the city.
- Thursday - We give thanks for those who work, and we pray for the unemployed.
- Friday - We pray with the saints for our world.
- Saturday - We pray for asylum seekers and refugees.
2. Sacredise Daily Worship website
Sacredise is compiled by a Methodist minister from South Africa and provides four short elements each day, based on the Revised Common Lectionary:
- a short reading from the scriptures, with an online link to the text,
- followed by a brief reflection on the reading,
- then a 'Daily Practice' suggesting how the reflections can be made real in today's world,
- and finally a very short 'breath prayer' to use throughout the day.
It is also possible to receive the daily worship content as a weekly posting via email, and to receive daily reflections via Facebook. Details are given on the site.
3. Sacred Space website
We are happy to recommend the excellent daily prayer resources offered by Sacred Space. These are offered in a wide range of languages including all the major European ones.
For each day there is a sequence of on-screen slides containing readings, prayers, and reflections which you move through at your own pace. Additionally, there are commentaries on daily readings available in their Living Space pages.
4. Daily Celtic Prayer from Northumbria Community
Northumbria Community is a dispersed network of people, hugely diverse, from different backgrounds, streams, and edges of the Christian faith. The Daily Office is at the core of the life of the Northumbria Community. A regular cycle of daily prayers constitutes the essential rhythm of life around which other activities can take their proper place.
Morning, Midday or Evening Prayer, and the Complines (‘end of the day’ prayers) can be accessed from the Pray the Daily Office links on the Community's website.
5. "Stillspeaking" daily devotionals from the United Church of Christ
These consist of short bible passages, a personal reflection from a range of contributors, and a prayer. Subscribers can choose whether the daily updates come via email, text, or both. (If subscribing to updates by text, remember to format your number in the international pattern (and omit the zero before the 7), e.g. +44 7890 123456
You can subscribe to the updates, and view the archive of previous daily devotionals, at the Stillspeaking page.
6. Daily readings and reflections from the United Reformed Church sent to your email inbox
Complete the online form here and we will add you to the subscribers list for our daily reading and reflection sent by email. These should arrive in your inbox by 6am (UK time) each day so that you have the option to use them as the basis for morning prayer, or as a time of reflection at any other time during the day. You can access today's reading and reflection, together with an archive of issues from the last three weeks, here.
Note: You can cancel this service at any time. Each message has an 'unsubscribe' option which you can activate whenever you wish.