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 with me 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.
The best apps can actually help enhance our prayer time.
Technology is what we make of it.
With the Bible and other prayer tools at our fingertips, now it’s easier than ever for us all to find what we need for our prayer time.
Here are 5 of the best apps for prayer:
This is one of the best apps I have found to help with prayer time. It has daily Scripture readings for each day of the week. I like it because I can read the Bible verses in the morning and then, if I go to church later that day, no matter what day of the week it is, I know I’ll hear those same verses. This app also has prayers, a “Saint of the Day,” and a “verse of the day” among other things, although I don’t use those sections quite as much.
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 are someone who enjoys 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 read to you. Even when it’s verses you’ve read yourself a hundred times.
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.
With this app, you have the choice to have it read the Rosary out loud with you while you pray. This is a great option if you’re just getting started learning the prayers. If you’d rather just use the app to follow along so you don’t forget where you are in the prayers, you can turn the volume off 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 is still one of the best apps to help you with your prayer time, because it gives the kids a way to “read” the Bible and have their Jesus time while you do yours!
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 great way to teach them the stories of the Bible. My youngest son loved this app from the time it came out until he was at least nine.
This app helps you remember to pray for the people you promised to pray for.
You can set reminders to pray for a specific person at a specific time, say if someone is having surgery. You can also enter several names and have it on “shuffle” where it will randomly remind you to pray for a person you’ve entered each day. My friends love this app, and it’s amazing how often those “random” reminders seem to have a way of popping up just when that people needed 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.