Meeting the Challenge of Personal Prayer

iPray Everyday

Meeting the Challenge of Personal Prayer

.                        – by Mike Shaughnessy

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. We often struggle because we are distracted by other things.

Of if we do set apart time 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!

Kairos has developed a new aid for prayer called iPray. This app helps you pray for 15 minutes – to sing praise, pray the psalms, give thanks, repent, and intercede – and to do it without distraction.

iPray can often help improve your prayer life.

How iPray works
iPray is simple. It provides 31 days of prayer. For instance, the theme for Day Ten is: “God is gracious.” For that day you sing along to “Amazing Grace” and chant Psalm 103, “the Lord is gracious and merciful.” And the words to the songs and psalms are viewable on the app. 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. 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.

In our work with youth we see something quite consistently: youth who pray, believe. However, youth often struggle with prayer. Helping youth develop the habit of prayer is key to doing good youth work. Kairos developed iPray knowing the need among youth, although iPray works well for adults too.

How much does it cost?
The total cost for the iPray download is less than US$3.00

For a sample day of prayer click here.

To purchase iPray click here.

…and remember, every iPray you purchase helps support the work of Kairos.

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The author, 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.

From Living Bulwark, used with permission

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