AnonymousDeleted UserOctober 15, 2020 at 11:37 am
My experience of praying the daily office was challenging. In the evangelical world where I grew up, there was very much an idea that written prayers were not “authentic.” Even the Lord’s prayer was referred to as “the model prayer,” and we were told that it was not meant to be prayed verbatim, but rather serves as a model of how we should address God. Like others have commented, I find it a little more natural to pray written prayers in a community context – my divinity school was very ecumenical, so I was exposed there to many different forms of corporate prayer. Nevertheless, I think I will continue to refer to the Book of Common Prayer in my private devotions, since sometimes I do not have the words to pray, and it is always helpful to borrow from the wisdom of others.