Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
A prayer which a man will die sooner than omit is a good deal more than a form.
We hear much in this day of the superiority of the free spirit to times and seasons and outward expressions of worship, and of a devotion concentrated in specific arts at fixed times. But unless there are such fixed acts, there will be little diffused devotion.
It will be evaporated out of, not diffused through, the daily life. If there are no reservoirs, there will be no water in the pipes. The nerves must be knit up into ganglia, if there is to be sensibility through all the body.
If a man does not pray at definite times, and that daily, he may talk as he likes about all life being worship, but “any time” will soon come to mean “no time.” – Alex MacLaren.
– Daily Thoughts for Meditation