I have readily admitted over the years that prayer is a practice that I can struggle with at times. In a previous post, I mentioned that the single word Amen can be a prayer all by itself. Several years ago, I memorized the Lord’s Prayer so that I always had a framework for a more in-depth conversation with God. I also employ a prayer book that has guided prayers for each day. All these have served to bolster a prayer life that is sometimes wanting.
This past weekend, as I was downloading an app on my phone that had to do with prayer, it occurred to me how many prayer resources are becoming available directly to one’s phone, tablet, or computer. I thought I would share some that have helped me in the past and still serve me in this area.
- Pray As You Go podcast – This was one of my favorites for several years. The Jesuits put together an audio daily guided prayer with scripture and music, which is usually about 10 to 12 minutes in length. Subscribe to the podcast and you will get the MP3 delivered to your phone or device each day. Search iTunes for Pray As You Go.
- The Divine Hours eBook – I have the good old fashioned paper version, but I have noticed that these are now available in digital format that can be downloaded to any e-reader. These are guided prayers for every day of the year, with a prayer for each office of the day: morning, midday, evening, and night. I have prayed through these prayers many times over. Search most online bookstores for The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle.
- The Daily Office app – I saw this app recommended recently. I downloaded the app, but the prayer readings can be quite lengthy. The app will make available two guided prayers each day. Select the morning or evening prayer and a reading will appear to guide you through the prayer. Search iTunes for Mission St. Clare.
- Centering Prayer app – Contemplative Outreach has just released a simple app to enhance meditative prayer times. All it does is allow you to select how long you want your contemplative time to be and select the sound that will begin and end your time. Very simply, but I am already a fan of it! Search the app store for Centering Prayer.