Generally speaking, we’re pretty horrible at praying for people. We’re quick to say, “I’ll be praying for you,” but we’re often terrible at the follow through.

I’m not inclined to say that people don’t pray just because they don’t care. Certainly there is some truth to that, and if you find that you don’t care enough about the people around you to pray for them, then that needs to change. There’s no excuse for not loving people. But speaking personally, I often forget to pray for people that I love. There is no good excuse for this, but I get busy, I get distracted, I get too many prayer requests, etc.

Having said all that, however, we all need to get better at praying. It’s essential. We can’t just shrug our shoulders and move on. There are many ways to approach this, many essential passages to read, and some great books to put this in perspective. But I want to introduce you to a simple tool that I’ve found extremely helpful.

Echo Prayer 3It’s an app that’s been developed by a couple of my friends (who also developed this amazing product) that reminds you to pray. The app is called Echo Prayer, and it’s free. The guys, Ben and Jim of Clover Sites, started Echo Prayer as a web based prayer management service in 2006, and now they’ve taken it to the next level with this app.

What Echo does for your prayer life is remove the excuses and overcome your forgetfulness. Simply enter your prayer requests and tell Echo when and how often to remind you to pray. If you find it helpful, you can set yourself a timer so that you can stop and pray for 10 minutes. You can also mark prayers as answered, or have Echo choose from your prayer requests and give you random reminders at key times.

Ben and Jim have plans to continue developing the Echo app, adding extra features, such as the ability to share prayer requests with your church or small group.

I’ve found this app extremely helpful, and I’m sharing it because you might find it helpful as well. It’s at least worth a shot (it’s free, remember). Even when my prayer reminders have popped up at inconvenient times, I’ve still been able to stop for a few moments and pray briefly—a huge improvement over carrying on with my day with no thought for God or the needs around me.

So go ahead, give it a shot. See if this helps.

 

 

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Mark Beuving
Mark Beuving currently serves as Associate Pastor at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. Mark now teaches online adjunct for Eternity. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of "Resonate: Enjoying God's Gift of Music" and the co-author with Francis Chan of "Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples." Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.