|Several months ago I read a book by Max Swaim called Prayer in the Digital Age. To be honest, I didnít enjoy it very much, but I did run across this statement which got me thinking:|
Do we not live in an age where we can arm digital devices to set off alarms to remind us to pause for moments, even seconds, to remember what the purpose of existence really is, and to acknowledge and reflect upon our situation in the light of things eternal? Is it not possible to intersperse scheduled brief communication with God amid scheduled brief communications with our business associates and social network connections?
Though Lois and I have been in the habit of meeting every Monday afternoon around 5pm to read the Bible and pray, I was intrigued by the idea of intentional daily prayer. I talked it over with Lois and we decided to set alarms on our cell phones for 10am and 2pm to remind us individually to stop and pray for a few moments each day. To hold one another accountable we email each other at the close of the day to briefly reflect on our prayer experiences.
I set my morning and afternoon alarms to play the sound of cathedral bells ringing in a Russian Orthodox Church (sort of a nod to the monastic practice of bells calling the monks to prayer).
|I must admit that it felt really odd at first to stop working, or whatever I was doing, to pray at 10 & 2. Over time, however, it has become almost routine.|
Now that Lois and I have been doing this for several months, here are a few things Iíve learned: