See complete instructions in separate document. A short summary:
- Read the commentary paragraph slowly and personally.
- Pray the prayer, perhaps several times.
- Morning and evening: Repeat the idea and then spend time in Open Mind Meditation.
- Hourly remembrance: Repeat the idea and then spend time in Open Mind Meditation.
- Frequent reminders: Repeat the idea and then spend a quiet moment in meditation.
- Response to temptation: Repeat the idea whenever upset, to restore peace.
- Read the "What Is" section slowly and thoughtfully once during the day.
Practice suggestion: Today's prayer is another of my absolute favorites. We all have a longing for a day that is not of this world, a day spent in quiet communion with God. This prayer captures and kindles that desire. It can be the springboard for a different kind of day. I recommend praying it repeatedly today. You may want to sit down every hour and go through it yet again. To pray these Workbook prayers, I find it helpful to lay out each sentence or phrase on a separate line, as I have done below. And then I will read a line, fix it in my mind, close my eyes, and say it to God with as much sincerity as I can, and then open my eyes and repeat this procedure with the next line.
This day, my Father, would I spend with You,
as You have chosen all my days should be.
And what I will experience is not of time at all.
The joy that comes to me is not of days nor hours,
for it comes from Heaven to Your Son.
This day will be Your sweet reminder to remember You,
Your gracious calling to Your holy Son,
the sign Your grace has come to me,
and that it is Your Will I be set free today.
All my days are meant to be spent with You, Father, in fearlessness and love (1:1). All of them. I seldom spend my day this way, but today, Father, I would do so. I open my heart to give this day to You. Let it be so, as You will. Let me know the joy that comes from Heaven, not from time (1:2-3). Let the interfering voice in my mind be still, and let me hear Heaven's music (2:2). I ask not for ecstatic visions that transport me out of this world forever, but I do ask that today be something new, something higher, a foretaste of what is in store for me at the end of time.
Let this day be "Your sweet reminder to remember You" (1:4). Gift me with Your grace, Father. Let me experience something that will serve as a continuing reminder to turn my mind to You again and again.
Let this day be "Your gracious calling to Your holy Son" (1:4). Open my ears, and teach me to listen. Let me hear Your calling today. Let me feel the drawing power of Your eternal Love.
Let this day be "the sign Your grace has come to me, and that it is Your Will I be set free today" (1:4). May there be a fresh and poignant awareness of Your working in my life, Your touch upon me. May I see signs that my freedom is Your Will. May I find renewed confidence in the certainty of the outcome that awaits me in Your plan.
Today let a song of thankfulness rise up within me. Increase my awareness that I am joining an eternal song, sung by every part of Your creation. Let me, as the psalmist said, "Sing unto the Lord a new song." Let me recognize the rejoicing that is life itself, given by God, as all the world joins with us in the song.
There is no room in us for fear today, for we have welcomed love into our hearts. (2:4)