Stephen Oleary, a software engineer from Tampa, Florida has created a free prayer app, Go Pray, that is intended to help people pray for one another in a “texting” format while staying connected with God throughout their busy day. Users post “prayer requests” which, in turn, notifies their contacts and prayer partners of their needs. Once a partner texts a prayer, the poster is notified and can read what was prayed on their behalf. When God moves and the prayer is answered, the poster can submit a “praise report” which in turn notifies everyone who prayed for that particular request.
“Be praying without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16
These words in the Bible remind people how important prayer is. Go Pray is created to make a change in the spiritual life of people adding a power of regular prayer to it. Thanks to this new app, Christians from around the world can be united in prayer and lift up their requests on behalf of one another to God’s throne.
According to O’Leary, “Every time we hear about a tragedy the natural response is: ‘You’re in my prayers’. But what does that mean? Usually it’s not true. Chances are that we don’t have regular ‘prayers’ and even if we do, we often forget to lift up every need we promised to. I often felt guilty – even while saying that, because I knew I probably wasn’t going to pray. I just wanted to be sympathetic. That’s why I created this app. I wanted to be able to actually pray for someone’s need. For them to know I prayed for them, and to see the results.”
The app allows users to connect as “Prayer Partners” – the app’s version of “friending” another user. Once connected, any posted prayer request generates a notification to that user’s prayer partners letting them know that there is a need to be prayed for. In turn, those partners can post a prayer as if they were sending a text.
“It really only takes about 60 seconds.” O’Leary says, “And it makes such a huge difference to that person. They know that their needs are important not only to their partners but to God as well.”
When God has moved and answered a prayer, the user can post an update as a “praise report”. This update notifies each person that prayed showing the difference their prayers make.
“I’ve always wanted to know how things turned out for people I’ve lifted up in prayer. Sometimes I may never see someone again and I just don’t know how things turned out. There is something incredibly fulfilling in hearing that feedback. Other than this app, I don’t know of anything else that offers that.”
Users are posting prayer requests on a wide variety of topics. Everything from safe travels to injuries and even deaths in families can be found in the list of prayer requests. Privacy settings even allow users to post prayers that can be visible to their partners or to the entire world.
In a time where the world seems to be spinning out of control, it’s nice to see that there’s still people with who care to lift up the needs of others.
To find out more about Go Pray and to be able to download it, please visit http://gopray.org/
Stephen O’Leary, a software developer for the past 15 years, and Gretel O’Leary, a marketing executive, are dedicated Christians devoted to prayer.