ceaseless_invite_screenshotAs I shared in my previous post, I’m building a Facebook app that sends an e-mail with 5 friends to pray for each day. I’ve always found it hard to remember to pray for others and I hope this app can remedy that. I’m calling it Ceaseless and you can add your name to the waitlist here if you’re interested (I’ll try to send you an invitation as soon as possible!)

A friend recently asked if I considered Twitter integration yet and I wanted to share my reply since it helps explain the ethos behind Ceaseless:

Hi [Friend],

I’ve thought about [Twitter integration], but I’d like to focus on helping people pray for others more than for current events–unless you [are finding] that people frequently tweet prayer requests. Instead of overwhelming [someone] with the latest current events/the firehose of tweets, I’d like to promote a consistent, long term, reflective atmosphere of prayer that over a year or a lifetime helps [them] pray for the things that matter to God (and  [to them]). I would like to enable people to make prayer requests, but I haven’t really thought through how that would work well (also concerned about privacy and security issues that I feel like I can’t do a good job addressing yet in my current situation).

In terms of sources of prayer, as much as possible, I’d like to incorporate things that explicitly derive from the Scriptures like:

  • Praying for political, business, intellectual and other leaders and all those who are in authority, globally, nationally, and locally. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
  • For more laborers to be sent to the various harvests in the world (Matthew 9:38)
  • For the saints, persecuted believers, other churches, ministries, missionaries, friends, etc. (Ephesians 6:18-19)
  • For anxieties they are experiencing (Philippians 4:6-7)

Since everyone is incredibly busy and the list of things to pray for can feel overwhelming to the point of guilt-ridden indifference, I’m trying, God-willing, to create the opposite experience. Regular prayer. Reflective [instead of reactive]. Scriptures to help you learn to pray. Just enough so you aren’t overwhelmed (in the negative sense of the word). All this coupled with a process that helps you pray for the full range of God’s purposes in the world–filling in the details of “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done”, if you will.

Thanks for the suggestion and for thinking of me too!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a reply in the comments. Or if you’re ready to sign up, you can do so here.