Prayer is a spiritual discipline we simply can’t live without.
Through prayer, we express our adoration and affection to God. We make requests or petitions to God. We confess our brokenness to God and ask for forgiveness. We thank God for His presence and work in our life. Through prayer we learn to make our home in Christ no matter what situation we’re facing. [Tweet this]
Yet how often do we offer the well-meaning “I’ll pray for you,” and it slips our mind all too quickly. Or carve time to spend in prayer, but dart to daily to-dos.
I recently stumbled across some incredible apps that will encourage and support you in prayer times. I hope you’ll find them helpful. Consider adding them to your daily Advent devotional— a chance to lift up the requests of others.
Here are the 4 of the Best FREE Prayer Apps:
1. Pray! (FREE in the iTunes App Store). The Pray! app lets you set reminders to notify you of prayer requests. This is a go-to app to set reminders to pray for someone during their surgery, interview, or at any specific time of day. A small banner buzzes at the top of your screen reminding you to lift up others to the throne. This user-friendly application is a must-download.
2. Prayer Prompter (FREE in the iTunes App Store). If you are one to get distracted or lose focus while praying, Prayer Prompter is the application for you. It prompts topics to pray about (worship, adoration, for your spouse, for yourself, etc.). It gives you passage suggestions to read through and pray back to God. All the translations are in NKJV, but you can add your own (a passage that spoke to you, a specific prayer you want to be reminded of).
This app is great when you don’t know how to pray. It’s is a little trickier to navigate, but oh-so-helpful.
3. Instapray (FREE in the iTunes App Store). This app requires you to create an account and gives you an opportunity to pray for people you follow, global requests, or group requests. When a request comes up, you can select “PRAY” to notify that person that you prayed. You can also send them a message of encouragement.
The best feature of this app is the “GROUP” setting. You can create your own private group to share with your small group, church, or family and share prayers and updates instantly. Instapray reminds me of the twitter of prayer; a fun way to connect with brothers and sisters from around the world.
4. Ora (FREE in the iTunes App Store). This is an app similar to Instapray in that you need to log-in to use it. It connects you with people in your contact list. Again, this app can be used to share prayer requests to individuals or private groups. In Ora, you need to be connected to someone via a request to see or share prayers. Instead of seeing a list of global prayer requests, you will only see requests of those people in your circles. Ora is an incredible tool to be used in a Bible study setting where you could upload prayer requests to be reminded throughout the week (even if you missed the meeting).
I’d love to know what you think of these applications. What tools do you use to help in your prayer time?