For the New Year – A Rule of Life

The Church refers to one’s habits of prayer and worship as a “rule of life.” One’s rule of life states how often and according to what form or pattern one will pray each day. It states one’s commitment to worship God in His Church each week, one’s frequency of confession, one’s habits of fasting (cf. BCP pp. 1-li) and one’s habits of stewardship.

To be a Christian is to live in union with God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Ghost. Union with God is cultivated by habitual and diligent prayer. We are able to obey the commandants of God only through the grace that God gives (cf. BCP p. 289). Regular reception of the Sacrament and habitual prayer are prerequisites for faithful living.

Developing your own Rule of Life is a central part of becoming a disciple of Jesus. Take some time to establish one. Write your rule down on a piece of paper and put it inside the Book of Common Prayer or Bible that you use each day. Please note that a rule is a guideline and not a legal document. When you fall short of fulfilling your rule, simply begin again the next day. One’s rule of life may need to be adjusted from time to time as life circumstances change.