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January 8, 2010

You Make the Call: iPhone Prayer App

I just read an articles from Brad Ruggles (head on over and read it, I’ll be here when you get back) about a new iPhone app that allows you to insert the names of your family members and it will generate specific prayers for you to pray…

Our 3 year old prays for dinner and it is basically the same prayer every day because it is the prayer I pray for my food and he loves to pray so before we eat, we all grab hands and Caleb prays “God, thank you for this food, please bless it to our bodies, Amen.”  Pretty simple, pretty boring, but I love the fact that my son is already developing a prayer habit.  His prayers are simple and straight forward but they  work.

There are two sides to the coin with this app.  One, it will probably help people have a better prayer life, but two, how would my wife feel if I had a friend write a script for me to take home and read to my wife when I got home from a day full of meetings?

OK, it’s your turn, what do you think?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

4 Comments on “You Make the Call: iPhone Prayer App

Laura
January 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Jeff, this is very interesting. I’ve been thinking about this some today and didn’t think it was a bad thing to have prayer suggestions. Then I looked at the article and noticed they have a ‘script’ for prayer. That does seem a little weird.

I have been going through a devotional that has a scripted prayer at the end of each day, and I don’t have a problem with it because it leads me into further prayer time on my own. It’s a guide to get me started. I think if the prayer app is taken as a tool to help with suggestions of what to pray for, then your prayer life could grow using this app. There is just always some risk in getting tied down to what the app says and not speaking from your heart. God doesn’t want you to recite a script, but if the script can help you grow in your prayer life, then I’m sure it’s a good thing.

~ Laura

Jeff Miles
January 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Laura,

Thanks for the comment. I think you have some very good points. I think anything that leads you to further prayer is good but like you said, God doesn’t want recited prayer.

Jeff

Rballard
November 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I dont like it! The first thing I think of is the scripture about not using Idle words and chatter. Maybe I just dont have a complete understanding of the application but I think prayer is intimate and personal. Love and Faith work together, how do we say were praying when the request is generated by something that has neither. I dont know.. not a fan of this idea personally.

Anonymous
November 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I agree, it does seem like idle words and chatter, that’s why I’m not so sure about it. I just feel that it would be more heartfelt if you actually came up with it.

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