[quote="yellow8yellowM, post:1, topic:339176"]
I try my best to pray all the hours, but find it especially difficult to consistently pray the Night Prayer. In the instructions we are told to pray it just before retiring, but by the time I am ready to retire I'm beat and want to just fall asleep.
I know that I'm not obligated to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, but I try my best to follow the instructions.
Do we really need to pray the Night Prayer immediately before retiring, or could I just pray it at 9pm every night regardless of when I go to bed? What do priests do? What do oblates or monks do?
Please pray at 9:00 PM if that works for you .. you are asking if the words "just before" dictate a specific amount of time .... for example .. does "lust before" equate to 1 minute, 5 minutes or 1 hour? Would you have to pray before or after brushing ones teeth? They don't ... we are to pray unceasingly ... hard to do really - but God blesses those who pray those who pray with sincere hearts :yup:
I believe that God loves for us to enter into a dialogue with him in prayer - so pray:gopray: ....
And if you were too tired one night to pray more then a simple "I love you Lord - forgive me my sins, bless all those in need of Your love and my prayers - Good night" then God knows your heart ... :gopray2:
May God Bless you abundantly