We spend a lot of time on phones and tablets. We grab our phones to check the weather only to realize minutes later our focus has been hijacked. We find we’ve been scrolling Instagram and have lost track of time. We may have even forgotten to check the weather at all. Anyone else?
Installing apps to help our spiritual life may seem like a stretch, but this can be an incentive to spend some time with God, praying or reading the Bible rather than browsing Facebook. But how?
Instead of vegging on social media or Youtube, we can go for our Bible app or another spiritual app when we grab our phones. We can redeem the time by giving time to Jesus and our spiritual growth instead.
Tip: “Hide” the apps that distract you most! Put them in folders or on a home screen view several swipes away. Then move a faith app or two to the first screen you see instead.
Below are seven free apps I have used and recommend for your walk with God.
1. Blue Letter Bible
Blue Letter Bible is my go to Bible study tool. It contains over 30 Bible versions, audio Bibles, commentaries, and access to the Strong’s concordance and more to discover the Hebrew and Greek meaning behind words in the Scriptures. Advanced word study searches, note taking and highlighting is available as well. It is also less distracting than the popular YouVersion Bible app and instead of devotionals, it really gets you deep in the Word itself.
2. My Daily Office
My Daily Office by Manna Software is an app that connects you with the lectionary—the prayers and Scripture much of the global church is praying together each day. Pray full screen without distractions and schedule reminders to pray every morning and/or evening. You can add your own personal prayers, pray and read historical prayers, the creeds, topical prayers and more. For daily Scriptures, you can choose the translation of your choice to open when clicking the links. This app is the only one on my tablet and phone I have actually subscribed to yearly. It’s that wonderful!
3. Biblical Training
The Biblical Training app is sponsored by BiblicalTraining.org, a website where anyone can sign up for Bible classes. The course levels range from new believers (Foundations) all the way through to advanced seminary courses (Institute). Courses can be streamed on your own time, making this doable for anyone to grow in their walk with God and study of the Bible. Courses include “How to Read Your Bible,” “A Guide to Christian Beliefs,” “Essentials of Church History” and “Christian Apologetics.”
4. Pray As You Go
Pray As You Go is a ministry that seeks to help you pray and reflect with God on His Word. The audio is playable through their app or via any podcast platform. Six days a week you will find a podcast audio with sacred music, prayer and a Scripture reading with questions to reflect on. This app helps us slow down for five to ten minutes each day to reset our hearts and minds on the Lord. This app is a breath of fresh air after a busy day to slow our pace into reconnecting with God.
5. Pray the Gospels
This app presents you with a short passage from one of the Gospels each day (going in order) to use in the practice of Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina is about meditation on the Word of God, reading the passage and asking the Holy Spirit to highlight specific things to you as you do, and then conversing with the Lord about it (listen to a video or read more about Lectio Divina). This is a great go-to app when you aren’t sure where to start or want to engage in the spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina.
6. First 5
First 5 is an app from Proverbs 31 Ministries with the aim to help you put God first each day. You’ll find a passage of Scripture for each day followed by a short teaching to help you grow in your study and understanding of the Bible. Hint: Go to the “Plans” icon on the bottom right of the app to get started.
7. Reimagining the Examen
The Examen is a way of praying in examination of your day with God’s help. You look for moments when you were drawing toward God or pulling away from Him during the day. Then take time to give God thanks and ask forgiveness where needed. This is a great help for growing in the fruits of the Spirit and responding to yourself and others with the love of Christ.
Reimagining the Examen is based on this Examen Prayer. The app loads a topic each day, but you can also select from a different one if you’d like. Topics include: My Daily Habits; My Greatest Fear; My Relationship with God; Asking for Grace; Thoughts, Words and Deeds; Gratitude and more.
I pray you will find some or all of these apps beneficial to your walk with Christ!
Did a specific app interest you? Do you have another app to suggest? Share in the comments!