December 2010 - Vol. 45
Prayer can revolutionize your life. It gives strength to the weak, wisdom to the fool, joy to the sorrowful, and comfort to the oppressed. Most importantly, it gives us a living relationship with God.
Unfortunately, most youth and many adults struggle to have consistent and effective personal prayer. We know we should pray but we regularly fail to do it. Not knowing how, we never start. Sometimes we struggle because we are distracted by other things.
Although we set apart 15 minutes to pray, we spend it mostly flitting from one thought to another. We set apart the time – but we just don't pray much. Sometimes we are just bored by doing the same thing over and over, so we quit before we begin!
Over the past year Kairos has developed a new aid for prayer called iPray. It has just been released. for purchase.
iPray helps you actually pray for 15 minutes – to sing praise, pray the psalms, give thanks, repent, and intercede – and to do it without distraction.
How iPray works
You then sing along to “Amazing Grace” and chant Psalm 103, “the Lord is gracious and merciful.” The genius of iPray is what comes next. iPray acts like a personal prayer coach. It prompts you to give thanks for one way God has been gracious to you recently and then gives you ten seconds to do it. So you do! Then it prompts you to give thanks for God's saving grace. Again you have ten seconds in which to do so.
It uses the same approach to help you intercede for all the people you know you should: parents, friends, workmates, government officials, and many others.
iPray works well because it engages your eyes, your ears, and your mind on one thing. When they all work together, they help you keep your focus.
Families can struggle with family prayer just because they have no format that works. Here again iPray can help. Just order extra booklets so the whole family can sing and pray together.
In our work with youth we see something quite consistently. Youth who
pray, believe, but youth who
How much does
Or you can purchase the digital version of iPray for $21.99 USD and load it onto your own MP3 player (and we will send you the booklet in the mail.)
For a sample day of prayer click here: http://www.kairos-na.org/Pray_it_Yourself_Demo
To purchase iPray click here: http://kairos-na.org/iPray
...and remember, every iPray you purchase helps support the work of
[Mike Shaughnessy is an elder in The Servants of the Word and the Director of Kairos in North America. Kairos is an international federation of outreaches to high school, university and post university aged people.].
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