7 Ways your Phone can help you PrayCarla Harding - 22 Sep 2016
This week's throwback post was written in 2014, but we loved the ideas on this list so much it sparked some great chat at 24-7 Prayer HQ. Be inspired today:
Constantly attached to your smart phone? Find it hard to make time for prayer? Here are 7 ways your phone can actually help, instead of hinder, your prayer life. Try these holy habits to connect with Jesus, with your phone:
1. Download a devotional app
There are so many helpful apps that can help you delve deeper in your walk with God, from daily devotionals to prayer reminders (we love the Bible in One Year App, the Presence App and Echo prayer app). Download one and get stuck in.
2. Capture "God moments" with your camera
God is on the move and speaking in so many ways we may not expect. Set yourself the challenge to be on the look out for things, sounds, places and people that help you think about or talk to God today. Take a photo or video, and keep a digital journal of what God is saying and how you’re connecting.
3. Don’t go it alone - Snapchat prayer requests
Got something you really need God to help with? Get your friends to pray with you. Send a photo of what you need prayer for instantly through Snapchat. Pray for God’s help as you press send and add your Amen to their requests in return. (Don’t have Snapchat? Use Whatsapp and start a prayer request group with some good friends).
4. Playlists that plug you in
Got a regular walk or commute? Create a playlist to plug you in to God. Download the songs that connect you to Jesus and listen to them each morning. You could even create different playlists for chilled moods and wake-me-up now worship journeys.
5. Use social media to help you pray for others
The challenge: open up a social media app and pray for the first person in your feed. Ask Jesus to give you an encouraging comment to leave them after you’ve prayed.
6. Use news on the move to pray for the world
Ever find praying for the world daunting? Download a news app and choose one news story with your first tea/coffee/smoothie of the day. If you find it hard to start praying imagine what the best possible outcome of the situation could be, and ask Jesus to make it happen. Keep it simple, specific and pray, “your kingdom come, your will be done”.
7. Take the plunge – turn off your phone!
Silence can be scary but there’s nothing like space to help you relax, clear your mind and connect with God. If you find it hard, try finding a quiet place and turning off your phone as a sign that your switching off from the world, and switching on to God for just two minutes a day. As those two minutes get easier (and start to feel quicker!) try increasing the amount of time you give your attention to God.
If turning off your phone feels like a big deal, turn off all your notifications instead, and place it out of your reach/eyesight so that you're not distracted.
Got more ideas? How do you use your phone to connect with God? Add your comments below!