3 Great Apps to Make Personal Bible Study & Prayer Easier within Ministry

Are you a forgetful person?

I know I am, especially in the midst of a lot of different balls I have to juggle in Family Ministry.

And the things I tend to forget most are the things I don’t necessarily need to get done.

That’s not to say the things I forget aren’t important; it’s merely to say in the day to day I don’t get in trouble with my wife, friends, peers, or Senior Pastor if I don’t do them.

What I’m talking about is spending dedicated time in the Word and prayer to just be with God.

Lately God has been speaking to me about this through others and through his Spirit, so I decided to become more intentional.

And in my search I found 3 awesome apps that have helped immensely in reminding and helping me to spend time with God in personal Bible Study and prayer.

Here are the 3 apps I’ve been using:

App #1: First 5 (download the app at http://first5.org)

This is a Bible Study tool that’s designed to be used as an alarm (but I just use it as my everyday Bible Study tool).

It moves through books of the Bible, normally has a chapter to read each day along with some personal commentary, application, and a prayer.

It’s called First 5 because the idea is to use it’s alarm feature, so when you wake up, you spend the First 5-10 minutes of the day with God.

I love this app because it has a strong emphasis on scripture reading, moves through whole books of the Bible, has great application, and isn’t daunting with the time commitment.

App # 2: Echo Prayer (download the app at https://new.echoprayer.com)

This is a prayer app that allows you to add prayer requests and set a timer.

Then it will randomly cycle through the requests at 10 second to 30 minute increments (which you can adjust in the settings).

I love that it keeps track of everything and everybody I want to pray for, so I don’t forget anything.

I also love the timer feature because no matter whether I have 5 minutes or 50 minutes, I can set it and it will automatically move through the prayer requests.

As far as reminding you to pray, you can set notifications throughout the day to pop-up random prayer requests, so you can take small moments in the day to spend in prayer.

It even has a section for answered prayer, so you can be reminded of God’s faithfulness.

App #3: Bliss Journaling (download the app at http://bliss31.com)

My favorite feature is that Bliss guides you through a different journaling process each day of the week, and takes 10 minutes or less.

One day it will have you write something you’re grateful for, another day someone you’re thankful for, and another day it will have you write your biggest frustration and how you’re going to respond.

For someone who’s never quite sure what to put in a journal, this really helps me.

 

And the best thing about all of these apps is in less than 2o minutes or extend as long as you want.

What apps do you use for Bible Study, Journaling, or Prayer? Leave a comment.

And if this was helpful to you, share it on Facebook so others can be helped as well.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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