Pray As You Go is a website and iOS/Android app produced by the Jesuit Media Initiatives with a focus on contemplative prayer and Bible meditation.
In a hectic, crazy world, this website and app is bringing the deep and rich practice of the spiritual disciplines to a digital era with quality audio and writing from a large community of mature Christian musicians and writers.
Let’s admit it, it’s hard for us to slow down and pray. In fact, if we were all to be completely honest, most of us would most likely admit that we struggle in our prayer life. Sure, we love God and want to serve Him with our lives, but the things and distractions of this world can all too easily crowd Him out…if we let them. Maybe Pray As You Go can help us reconnect in a busy world.
Using the App
The app has a simple design with an opening screen of quick options to choose from. My advice: start with the “Today’s Prayer” option.
This is the main thrust of the app. Every day gives you the option to listen to a new 10-15 minute guided prayer and meditation time. Each session begins with a musical composition (liturgical, hymn, choir, contemporary) before going through a guided Bible reading twice and ending with a time of prayerful reflection.
For those of us who struggle to focus or simply slow down, this tool is extremely useful. It’s almost like having a personal spiritual director with you wherever you go…for free!
The Rest of the Options
The rest of the app is packed with useful guides. If you’re new to the spiritual disciplines or you want some guided help from those who have walked the path before you, these guides are invaluable. You can find help with the following (for adults and children):
- Preparing for Prayer
- Imaginative Prayer
- Stations of the Cross
- The Examen
A Quick Note About the Spiritual Disciplines
God is ever eager to meet us where we are, not where we think we should be. The disciplines are an invitation, not an obligation. Joy, freedom, and laughter are where this journey is taking us. Now certainly the disciplines require energies. And, sometimes they lead us to suffering as self-centeredness works its way out, but spiritual training is largely a movement of freedom, a light burden, and an easy yoke. – Nathan Foster
The spiritual disciplines may be a new phrase to many people but it is rooted in the ancient practices of renowned Christians of the past 2000 years. It isn’t new age. It isn’t a way to earn religious points and favor with God. It’s a way of life that puts our spirit above our flesh and helps us to live out the command to daily put our flesh to death. The spiritual disciplines are simply practices that put us before God in a variety of ways that causes us to truly be transformed into the likeness of Christ.
What Else Is Out There?
My favorite part of sharing these resources with you is hearing about the resources that you use to connect with God. I hope Pray As You Go is helpful to you and I would love to see what you are using.
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Also published on Medium.