How are apps making prayer social
Here in San Francisco this weekend for the hackathon event, Code for the Kingdom (presented by Leadership Network, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Carpenters, and a host of sponsors). The energy in the room is quite frenetic with coders and software developers working on new apps to tackle a handful of challenges to impact the world with social justice and also social goodness.
The hackathon challenges cover the gamet of spiritual formation, social justice, healthier ministries, generosity, social networking, and more. Quite a number have been energized to just connect with other Christians with a heart for God and chops to hack and code using the latest and greatest technologies.
One of the challenges is developing an engaging social prayer app as a part of spiritual formation. As much as we Christians talk about the importance and value and essentialness of prayer, technology still has quite an untapped opportunity to leverage and enable more of the power of prayer with the social aspect of relationships that we have within a local church community and with the Body of Christ as the Family of God on the whole. Here’s a list of social prayer apps that are getting traction in the public and adoption in the mainstream:
- PrayBuzz https://www.praybuzz.com/ (iOS, Android)
- Instapray http://instapray.com/ (iOS, Android)
- Prayers to Share http://prayerstoshare.net/ (iOS, Android)
- Ora http://ora.net/ (iOS)
- The Prayer Network http://theprayernetwork.org (iOS)
- The Prayer Engine http://www.theprayerengine.com ($)
One of the coding teams here at #c4tk (the hashtag for this event) is developing a social prayer app that incorporates voice. Perhaps by facilitating a whole different level of experience in this way, it could better connect and more deeply engage people in literally, and audibly, prayer for one another.
[disclaimer: the list of prayer apps is not exhaustive nor comprehensive and not an endorsement; know of another prayer app that’s particularly social and mobile? Add a comment]