Prayer Tip: There is an App For That
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray Without Ceasing”
One of the best strategies to help you pray more frequently is to keep a running list of prayer requests with you wherever you go. If you have the list with you, you can easily add a request. You can also take the list out whenever you have a few minutes of free time and pray down the list. It is also a great way to reflect on how God answers prayers over time. You can survey the list and see how God responded to your prayers for friends, family members, church family, or anything else that ends up on the list.
There are a number of ways to keep a prayer list with you. A number of folks keep a notebook with the request that includes the date of the request and a time frame for praying if necessary. Others keep a simple piece of paper with them during the day that they can refer to. There are also folks that use technology to help them maintain regular prayer during the day.
Let’s be honest. We all have our mobile devices with us most of the time. When we have a few minutes of free time we can scan social media, the news, or play a game. While technology can serve as a way to help us get our news or to help us fill our free time, it can also serve to help us pray. A number of apps have been developed to help us maintain a prayer list or to pray regularly throughout the day. Here are a few of my favorite free apps. A quick search in your mobile device’s app store should find them pretty quickly.
Mobile Knee: This app allows you to keep a journal, write notes, and keep a prayer list right on your mobile device. This is the app that I use most regularly to maintain my prayer list.
Daily Prayer: If you are interested in liturgy to help guide your prayer time, this app can help. It has daily prayers for morning, evening, and night. There is no prayer list function, but if you have a prayer list already, you pray through it in conjunction with these daily prayers.
Pray As You Go: This app is meant to help as a prayer guide. Each day has a pray that you can listen to along with guided prayer instructions. Again, there isn’t a list function, but if you already have a list the app works great in conjunction with your prayer list. The really useful thing about this app is that it provides a prayer series on certain topics as well as resources for prayer retreats. This isn’t the app for you if you only have a few minutes, but if you find yourself with some time for extended prayer it could be of use to you.
Prayer Mate: This is another prayer list app. It allows you to create your own list of prayer requests. However, it comes with some other helpful features as well. It also contains a list of prayers from the Bible, will help you put your requests into categories (family, church family, and provides a country with a specific request for prayer every day. It also comes with short topical devotionals.
Echo Prayer: The value of this app is in the ability to set reminders during the day to pray. If you have a small group, you can create a group on the app and share prayer requests amongst the small group. There is also an “answered” function that allows you to see how God is answering prayers.
These are just a few of the many options that are out there. When you find yourself with a spare few minutes, I’d encourage you to use an app like the ones mentioned above to spend some time in prayer. Even if you only have a moment, it can make a difference to you or to the person that could use some prayers. Use the technology you have at your fingertips to help deepen your prayer life and your relationship with God.