Good, good. Thanks to everyone for thoughtful responses to the prayer post. More. MORE!!!
Praying the Offices really is challenging, but I view it as a clerical obligation, and over the past few years it has become THE center of my devotional life, my "walk with the Lord" to use Evangelical Speak. I am reminded of the fact that to this day (I am told) it is technically against the law for C of E clerks in major orders NOT to say the offices every day, publicly if possible. Of course its not enforced, and I imagine its largely ignored. But the fact does point to the centrality of the offices in the life of the Church, and particularly in the life of Her ministers, who are meant to be (and who NEED to be) signposts for the laity.
Incidentally, it is my view that the vowed religious served primarily this signpost function in the Church until the Reformation (and still do among Catholics and the Orthodox). But there is a long tradition of anti-monasticism in Anglicanism, from the very beginning, and that has left a vacuum in our Communion's devotional life. Just think: at any hour of the day, there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of monks and nuns praying for the life and ministrations of the Roman Catholic Church. Our Communion has nothing like that. Nor do we have a visible pattern of Christian prayer for the laity. I mean there IS the BCP, but I don't think I've EVER met a layman who actually says the offices in ECUSA. Maybe one or two. And my impressions is that ECUSA clerks don't really say them either.
My main point is this: it is important for Christians to pray, and to pray in THIS WAY. That is, saying the Daily Office, in some form. It has been the standard of Christian prayer since, as far as anyone can tell, the VERY BEGINNING. (It has its roots in the daily prayers of the Jews and was likely the daily pattern of prayer for our Lord himself prayed.) Is it necessary for all Christians to say the offices every day? Of course not; but it ought, in my view, to be the standard from which some people, inevitably, deviate. That is not the case now. Certainly not in the Anglican Communion - so far as I can tell, even among the clergy, for whom it should be considered obligatory. And its probably not the case elsewhere. It looks to me like the rosary has replaced the offices in the lay devotional life of Roman Catholicism. I don't know much about the East, but I'd bet the conscientious layman in the East uses a chotki more than anything.
My former spiritual director used to talk about the importance of spending a set amount of time every day in prayer. I can't agree with him more about the importance of this. And I think the Daily Office is the best practice. It is the practice recommended by the whole Church throughout the centuries.
It is difficult, to be sure. But there isn't much that's worth doing that isn't difficult. It is important, I think, is to pray early. Both in the morning and in the evening. I find that if I don't say Evensong before dinner, chances are I won't say it. And I agree with J-tron that the noon office is a challenge. But maybe that's why there is no provision in the BCP for it (originally). Compline is nice, but makes little sense as an addition to Matins and Evensong. I.e. it follows Evensong too closely. Also, it is more of a challenge, in my mind, to interrupt myself throughout the day to pray, than it is to set aside half an hour in the morning and at evening to pray (which is challenge enough).
With regard to intercession, I was curious to know at what point in the office people put it. But even more: I know that some people have a weekly intercession scheme, whereby (for example) they pray for their family on Monday, their friends on Tuesday, the Church on Wednesday, Civil Authorities on Friday, etc. etc. Does anyone do that? I think that such a scheme might help.
Lastly: I encourage everyone, especially clerks in major orders, and those of you aiming at such an estate, to form a habit of praying the BCP offices every day. I do believe it is important to take time (a lot of time by today's standards) to spend with the Lord in prayer. It seems to me the time it takes to say the offices is a good minimum standard. And it is also important to spend time with the Lord in the KIND of prayer that the offices, in essence, are. I.e. in the Word of God. By praying the offices, as I mentioned before, God's own Word becomes your words. You attune yourself to his voice -- the Verbum Domini. Its spiritual training in that sense. And (I believe), as a sacrifice, it draws you into the mystery of the whole narrative of salvation. On the one hand, you are listening to that story (in the Psalms and, primarily, in the Lections). And on the other hand, by vocalizing the Psalms and Lections, you are yourself telling that story, proclaiming God's redemption, and affirming it. (I.e. the Readings are not just READINGS -- in the context of the Office, they are PRAYERS).