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“The one who calls you is faithful.” —1 Thess. 5:24

Now available for the daily prayer app:  

Company of Pastors daily readings

Company of Pastors daily readings include alternate Psalm readings for each day as well as daily readings from the Book of Confessions.  The alternate Psalm schedule includes all 150 Psalms over eight weeks.  Readings from the Book of Confessions follow a two-year schedule.  Both the alternate Psalms and the Confessions readings can be toggled off in the advanced settings menu.

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Get the Daily Prayer app

The Office of Theology and Worship has developed a smartphone app for daily prayer. The Daily Prayer app provides simple, yet rich devotional resources for morning, midday, evening, and close of day. Each service includes psalms and readings from the confessions. Other elements include opening and closing words, biblical canticles, a thanksgiving for light and a prayer of confession. An advanced features menu allows users to customize which elements appear.

 The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.  

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The PC(USA) Directory for Worship on Daily Prayer

In the worship of ancient Israel, "daily hours were set aside for sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. Even after the loss of the Temple, morning, noon, and evening were established times for prayer. Jesus set aside regular times for prayer, and the believing community gathered daily for prayer in the Temple, in an upper room, and in their homes. New Testament writers exhorted the Church to pray without ceasing. Through the ages, the Church has maintained special hours for daily prayer, historically known as the daily office.

The Reformed tradition adapted the pattern of the daily office, to provide an occasion not only for prayer but also for the public reading and expounding of Scripture. Daily public worship is to be commended as a dimension of the life and witness of the church as it ministers in and to the community. Changing patterns of life have also led to the expression of daily prayer in family and personal devotion, which are encouraged as a part of the regular discipline of the Christian life." (W-1.3012)

Basic ingredients

There are three basic ingredients in each service: psalms, readings, and prayer. The services begin and end with sentences of Scripture and may include other elements such as hymns and biblical songs (canticles), confessional or devotional readings, and the thanksgiving for light (in evening prayer). If you are praying alone or if circumstances require a shorter service, you may wish to focus on the basic ingredients: a psalm, a Scripture reading, and a prayer.

Praying the psalms

The psalms are a school of prayer. They inspire and challenge us to expand our horizons of thanksgiving and praise, and to be honest and bold in seeking God’s help in times of trouble. You may wish to read or chant the psalms aloud, or meditate on them in silence; whatever you do, approach them as prayer.

The morning and evening psalms of the two-year Daily Lectionary are provided on the PC(USA) Devotions and Readings page. The Company of Pastors offers another schedule for praying the psalms, one that allows for the use of all 150 psalms in an eight-week period.

Scripture readings

In the words of Scripture we encounter the living Word of God—Jesus Christ, who speaks good news of grace. Through these words God imparts the gift of faith and instills the call to faithfulness.

Lectionaries offer a disciplined and organized way to read Scripture in concert with the larger church. Many find it useful to follow the two-year Daily Lectionary, which allows one to read through much of the Old Testament (once) and New Testament (twice) in a two-year period.

Thanksgiving and intercession

As we respond to the Word with thanksgiving and intercession, daily prayer shapes Christian life. We learn the habit of gratitude for God’s grace; we learn to seek and trust God’s saving power.

The Book of Common Worship—Daily Prayer provides simple prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for each day of the week. The daily framework of petitions offers a systematic and disciplined way to pray for the church, the world, the local community, and personal needs. Other joys and concerns, specific to the individual or congregation, should be added; or you may wish to use these prayers as a starting point or model for extemporaneous prayer.

Developing a practice

Remember that daily communion with God is meant to be a gift (not a chore), and that the habit of prayer is a lifelong practice (not a perfectionist pursuit). Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come easily at first; trust that God has begun a good work in you.


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  • I also am glad you will be making an android version. I really like the idea of an audio version with music, for a personal lectio experience. by Mike Burcher on 09/12/2012 at 9:40 p.m.

  • Please make an audio version of this app so it is not just something we read. Currently I use an episcopal podcast of daily prayer and find it especially meaningful to listen to the readings instead of personally doing the reading. Plus, hearing the music would be a plus. by Eric Pasanchin on 08/18/2012 at 10:05 a.m.

  • Regarding the Android app....Please make sure it will work on Nook tablets.. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to this! Also hope it will be accessible here on the website... by on 08/18/2012 at 9:40 a.m.

  • Thank you for developing this new media for devotion, worship, and ministry. This adds depth and flexibility for me after using the Daily Lectionary for daily devotional for the past several years. And, thanks for developing a variety of platforms for dissemination! by Stan Reid on 08/15/2012 at 5:45 p.m.

  • I was thinking about what you said, David, this a.m. before I saw your post. When we're baptized, we detach (like Velcro strips) from sin and its ways and attach ourselves to God's Way in Christ. Daily prayer gives me something practical to attach myself to instead of just my own random thoughts in prayer. As important as that is, too, I find it helps to have the discipline, and I love engaging in it and talking about the lection(s) read together, even if it's just two of us gathered. My spirit is enlarged by this practice in Word and Spirit. by Teresa Stricklen on 08/14/2012 at 12:29 p.m.

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