Table of contents for Morning Prayer
The Psalms are our foundational hymnbook, and all of Scripture is our script for life. But liturgical prayer is even more than words and ideas. Going back to the sacrificial system, synagogue worship, and then into the early church, God’s people have always been shaped and formed by habits of prayer that involve the whole person. Lifting hands, kneeling, standing, prostrating, clapping, musical instruments, embracing, kissing, there is a rich biblical treasury for God’s people to draw from to embody prayer. And when we organize the words and actions of our prayers together, this is called a liturgy.
The reason for organizing and planning our prayers is so that we are careful before God, guarding our words and actions, seeking to make them as pleasing as possible to Him. But the point of repetition, the point of repeating many of the same words, many of the same songs, working systematically through Scripture is so that the words and acts of prayer are ingrained in us.
We lift hands to teach our hands to be holy. We kneel to teach our knees to submit to King Jesus. We sing to teach our bodies to rejoice in God. We embrace one another to learn how to love and care for each other.
You need to be at morning prayer because you have enlisted in the army of Christ, and you need to be trained for battle. Faithful, Spirit-filled liturgical prayer is boot camp for life. You are teaching your body and soul and mind to face all of the situations of life oriented to the life of the Father, Son, and Spirit.