Pray As You Go
Continuing on the talks during Lent about prayer, Mark asked me to speak about a prayer tool that I find really helpful.
I know many of you as I do, still remember when telephones were for making calls and you had to walk to a red box at the end of the road to make a call, I also recall if you wanted to listen to something on the radio or watch something on TV, you had to be there or you missed it, no catch up or downloads………….
So I like lots of you have seen huge changes in technology and whilst I am no Geek or Whiz when it comes to gadgets, I have learnt to embrace and utilize the technology that makes life easier, or gives us access to things.
You may be wondering what all this has got to do with Prayer – well for some years I have been using an App on my phone and tablet called Pray As You Go, it is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you are, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, or school, studying or just having a quiet moment.
I find I need structure when I pray, or my mind wanders and I am easily distracted, so listening to Pray As You Go, while I am getting ready in the mornings gives me that structure – it brings me closer to God, it focuses my mind, gives me a framework for my day, and calms and relaxes me before I get in the car to work and the traffic queue!!
A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. Lasting between ten and fifteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection
The aim is to help to:
- become more aware of God’s presence in your life
- listen to and reflect on God’s word
- grow in your relationship with God
The style of prayer is based on Ignatian Spirituality. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.
Also on the App are different prayer tools and reflections which are excellent if you have a bit more time.
I really highly recommend it, do try it and I would love to hear what you think.
Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session that is designed to be used via an App on your phone or tablet – find out more at https://pray-as-you-go.org/home