of late, (for the past 5 years, or so) my rule (see post 3 in this series) or my practice, has been to pray what is called the daily office.
this is done by using a prayer book. a prayer book compiles mostly scriptures and ancient prayer forms in an ordered way, a form that usually includes opening prayers to help one pray, antiphons, and an invitatory psalm, as well as intercessions and the lord's prayer.
to pray the daily office there is a 4 volume version actually called the liturgy of the hours, and there is a 1 volume version called, christian prayer. i've used both, but i began with a small prayer book called, work of God: benedictine prayer.
i recommend this book as a way to begin the discipline of a prayer rule. it offers a twice daily prayer pattern -- morning and evening -- as well as opportunities for contemplative prayer.
more next time