So you come to church and talk to your friends. They express a turmoil they are going through, and out of a heart of compassion, you tell them that you will pray for them. You pray right there without delay. After you say "Amen," you feel that you need to continue praying for your friend throughout the week, so you jot it down on a piece of paper in shove it in your pocket or purse.
You meant well, but due to the busyness of life, you forget about that prayer request. That piece of paper is somewhere in your pocket that is now in the hamper that will be washed any moment now.
Isn't there a way to be reminded of your friend's prayer request?
Yes. There's an app for that!
Prayer is a vital element of the Christian life, and we need reminders. For those of you who want to become a prayer warrior this year, I would like to suggest to you Echo.
From the moment you launch this free app, you will see the simplicity of the interface. I'm quite picky when it comes to interfaces, especially when it comes to things I use almost daily.
Using this app is extremely straight-forward. Enter your prayer request, add a description, and set reminders. Also, instead of using reminders, you can just hit the "Pray Now" button to go through your prayer requests.
You can notify the app when your prayer has been answered, and one of my favorite features is looking over all the answered prayers to remind me of how great our God is.
If you dig a little deeper, you'll find the following features:
- Timer: You can start your prayer time and the app will help you navigate through each of your requests.
- Notifications: You can set your app to remind you to pray on your phone's notification system and/or send you an email.
- Keep Track of Your Prayers: Echo keeps a list of every single prayer. You can organize them into groups, delete old prayers, and even mark prayers as answered so you can review all of your answered prayers!
My only reservation about Echo is that I have found that my prayer time has become a prayer request-only time, and that is unhealthy. I highly recommend starting your prayer time with a few minutes of focusing on the attributes of our God, followed by a time of confession, and then end your time with your iPhone for your prayer requests.