Do you remember those ancient days when we could walk from one room to the other without our cell phone? Now I drag the thing around like I need it to breathe.
Technological advances have propelled us into such a different world than the one we grew up in, and many experts say it will be the demise of us all — both as individuals and a society. But I don’t buy that.
Technology is what we make of it.
It’s my experience the best apps can actually help enhance prayer time with the Bible and other prayer tools at our fingertips.
Here are the 5 best apps for prayer:
This is one of the best apps I have found to help with prayer time, because it has daily Bible verses for each day of the week. I like it because I can read the Bible in the morning and then, if I go to church later that day, I’ll hear those same verses.
This is my second favorite app. It has the entire Bible in several different translations. You even have the choice to download the Bible to your device so you can read it without the need for internet or data.
On of the best features of this app is that it will read the Bible to you. If you enjoy podcasts or listening to something while you drive or take long trips, this can be a wonderful option. It’s amazing what you pick up on when you hear the Bible rather than reading it.
The Rosary is a repetitive prayer during which you focus on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus among other important moments in the life of Jesus. It is traditionally a Catholic prayer, but it can be prayed by anyone.
This app reads the Rosary out loud. This is a great option if you’re just getting started learning the prayers, but you have the option to turn the volume off and just follow along too.
I used this app with my kids a lot when they were little and got scared at night. I just turned the Rosary on to play, and it usually calmed them down enough they could get to sleep. Honestly, I’ve even used it to help myself calm down when I wake up scared or have a hard time getting to sleep. Turning this app on helps me calm down.
Okay, so this app isn’t necessarily for adults, but it’s still one of the best apps to help you with your prayer time, because it gives your kids a chance to discover Jesus too.
They can look at the colorful pictures and follow along with the words as the Bible story is being read to them. There’s also an activity that goes along with each Bible story.
It’s a fun way to hear the stories of the Bible. My youngest son loved this app from the time it came out until he was at least nine.
Sometimes life slips away, and the idea we might want to pray fades to the back of our mind. This app is a nice, gentle reminder.
If you want to pray for a certain person at a certain time (like if someone is having surgery), you enter their name, date, and time. Then a little notification pops up at that time to help you remember.
It also has a shuffle option. You can enter a bunch of people’s names and then it will randomly remind you to pray for one of them each day. It’s amazing how often those “random” shuffled names seem to pop up just when the person needs prayers.
To get these apps, go to the app store on your device and download them for free.
We can use technology or we can let it use us. These apps help us be in charge of our technology for the benefit of our daily prayer life.