The Bible tells us to ‘pray at all times’, but let’s be honest: no matter how good our intentions, it’s often hard to find the time and inspiration required! The good news is that there are dozens of apps out there that can help with our prayer life. Here are just a few free ones I’ve tried out and found useful in different ways:
1. For praying on the move
There are a number of Christian podcasts that can help you to pray as you go about your daily life, whether it’s travelling to school or work, doing the shopping, or walking the dog. Pray as you Go (iOS and Android) is one of the best, providing a new prayer session for each day of the working week. These bitesize sessions last just over 10 minutes and combine Bible readings with prayers and questions for reflection. The standout feature is the astonishing range of contemplative music that is used: from Gregorian chants to a capella songs from Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
2. For praying with the Bible
Looking for regular Bible devotions, reflections and prayers at different times of your day? Bible Society‘s app under the ‘lyfe’ tab (iOS and Android) provides fresh content every morning, midday and evening.
3. For praying with and for others
Praying with Christian friends and our church family can be one of the greatest encouragements in our daily lives. My own church recently created a closed group on Facebook, where church members share news and prayers. Why not create your own Facebook group for friends, or ask your pastor or church leader if you can start one for your own church?
4. For building your own prayer list
If you are one of those people who likes a handy reminder of who to pray for, try out one of the dedicated prayer organisers apps. Prayer Prompter (iOS) is designed to energise your prayer life and arranges Scripture passages alongside prayers of petition or intercession, placing Bible inspiration beside your personal prayer requests.
PrayerMate (iOS and Android) creates index cards of your prayers that can be organised into categories such as Family, Church or Sharing My Faith. There’s also a useful feature to subscribe to prayer feeds from major Christian charites.
Another solution for organising your prayers is to select an app that synchronises across all your devices. Well-known note-keeping apps like Evernote or Onenote are fantastic tools for this purpose. Another worth trying out is Trello. Its intuitive drag and drop feature makes it easy to create prayer lists and add and move around prayer requests within these lists.
5. For praying for a good cause
Many Christian charities produce apps that give updates and requests for prayer. At United Bible Societies, our Prayer Booklet UBS app (iOS and Android) features weekly, country-by-country prayers for Bible Society work globally, as well as access to Bible text. Join us in thanking God for the amazing ways that the Bible is transforming lives across the globe, and in praying for the people who have dedicated their lives to translate it and share it.
Have you discovered any other apps that help you in your prayer life? Do tell us which ones you’ve found helpful!