In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
The other day I came across this website: Echoprayer. I’m still trying to decide what I think about it. If you haven’t clicked on the link, the premise of the site is that it will keep track of all of your prayer requests for you and email or text you throughout the week reminding you to pray. You can set it up to remind you to pray for Joe and Kelly at 12:00 on Thursday every week, or you can have it text you randomly.
There are aspects that I like. Keeping all of your requests in one list and being able to add notes as God answers prayers along the way, great. I like the prayer journal feature.
But something doesn’t sit quite right with me about having to be texted to remind us to pray. Because let’s be honest; if we don’t care enough about someone to pray without our phone beeping at us, is our prayer really going to be heartfelt? Or is it going to be “Oh yeah, God, help them in their problem. Amen.” We already have a supernatural text message system, called the Spirit, and I am a little loathe to replace the prompting of the Spirit with the prompting of an electronic device.
I was in the bathroom fixing my hair a little while ago when suddenly a name popped into my mind of someone from our church who has recently experienced a loss. Stop. Pray. If it had been a text message, would I have experienced the same sense of urgency? It is a lot easier to write off the reminders of an electronic device, to say we are too busy, etc. To say that it isn’t that important and we can put it off until later. But as we begin to live life in tune with the Spirit, and begin to obey those inner promptings to pray we start hearing him more and more often and our life becomes one in which we truly pray without ceasing.
Maybe I’m not enough of a techno-geek. I’d love to hear from some of you. What do you think about this? Yay or nay?