Prayer? There’s an app for that.

Actually, as it turns out, there are quite a few apps for that, but there’s a brand new one called “Echo Prayer” that I am already a big fan of. And for the record, they are not in any way reimbursing me for reviewing their product (they don’t even know who I am). I just like it and think you might too, so I’m letting you know.

While the name Echo Prayer reminds me very much of this video…

… I love the layout and functionality of this app. You can enter prayer requests with reminders (your phone will bing and give you a notification to pray for someone) as well as set a timer for prayer.

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While part of me would love to keep prayer out of the digital age, I would also like to be more consistent in prayer. And I’m not sure why I feel like we should keep prayer out of the digital age. I use alarms on my phone to remind me of everything from getting food out of the oven to bringing a book in for school, and I use index cards with prayer requests to keep track of my prayers already. Why shouldn’t an alarm remind me to actually pray for someone I committed to praying for?

I like Echo better than just an alarm because of the timer feature and all of the details you can add. I like to pray scripture over my friends and there’s plenty of space to add whole verses and still add prayer requests at the bottom. I like that I have the freedom to make it my own like that, and this may be silly but I like the sounds that are included with it.

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Is it perfect? No. I wish during the “prayer timer” it could put your phone in sleep mode temporarily so you won’t get distracted with notifications (but I like the timer because it keeps me praying for more than 2 seconds). It’s a little clunky to navigate praying for a specific prayer request, the default is to pray for random prayer requests for 30 seconds, which isn’t always what I want. But it just released this week and for a brand new app, I really like the basics and I’m expecting them to keep updating it.

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If you’ve been thinking you want to be better about praying for people intentionally and spending time in prayer, I think this can help. It’s free anyway, so there’s nothing to lose. Evidently it’s only available for Apple products so far, but hopefully that will be changing soon. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments section!

 

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5 Comments

  1. How funny we both wrote about prayer! That video made me laugh out loud, and it’s interesting to hear about this app. I am so far behind the digital world (denial) I don’t have a smartphone, so no apps for me. But I feel you on the tension between wanting to keep the spiritual life away from the digital world, and yet be practical about anything that can get us to improve our prayer life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. I never would have thought of an app for prayer! I like this idea and may have to try it out. But my phone is also such a distraction…I’ll let you know if I felt the same about notifications. :) Thanks for linking up!

  3. You have me intrigued–now I’m going to have to download it. I actually make a habit of praying for people who ask for prayers on Facebook when I read it–but then I usually forget who I’ve prayed for and whether I should keep praying for them. Thanks for sharing your discovery!

  4. Hey Rachel-

    Nice review! Quick question… We kinda shot in the dark when we chose 30 seconds as the default for the prayer timer, thinking it was a happy medium between praying quickly, and having to wait super long for the next prayer to come up. We can change that default time… What would you say should be the defaulted time for each prayer? Thanks again for the review!

    1. I wonder if you could make it a setting that each individual user could adjust. I’d like it to be more like a minute, but that’s because a lot of my prayers are for a person with several requests listed. Someone who uses the app differently than me might think that’s too long.

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