Guest Post: Using Technology to Enhance your Prayer Life
by Matt Seitz, NCBC College Ministry Director
Life is hectic. There’s piano practice, dance recitals, birthday parties, overtime for that big project at work and the dog just threw up all over the new carpet. Between book club and taking Frozen back to RedBox, you decide to grab that Skinny Vanilla Iced Latte (to go, of course) when you run into your neighbor at the coffee shop. Her husband still hasn’t found a job. You say you’ll pray for her. Will you really, though? When you sit down to pray, will you even remember all the people who you told that you’d pray for them?
Sometimes it’s not a question of intent, it’s a question of organization. Intentional prayer is much more time consuming than just winging it. However, Jesus calls us to be persistent in prayer. (Luke 18:1-8, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) How can we be persistent if we just leave it to chance? You could use a prayer journal, but do you carry that around with you everywhere you go and will you remember to pray for that job interview when it comes up on Wednesday at 1pm?
There’s a wonderful app for iPhone called Echo. It provides a digital solution for those who need help organizing a persistent prayer life. You can enter prayer requests and answers to prayer requests. You can set reminders to pray for situations at specific times. When you want to have a prayer time, you input the amount of time you want to pray and the app will use a melodic tone to prompt you to pray for each item on your prayer list.
I’ve been using this app for about a month now and it’s a great way to change an idealistic hope for an organized prayer life into an actual persistent time of prayer. Get praying, church family!