PrayNow

PrayNow for iPad and iPhone

Previously, I talked about the benefits of using Treasury of Daily Prayer (TDP) as a basis of your devotional life. But it can be difficult to use. Finding the correct day, flipping back and forth between services, readings, and the like can be a bit of a pain as well.

 

Several months ago I bought the Kindle version of TDP. My intent was to use the Kindle or the Kindle App on my iPad for daily devotions. This was even more awkward to use, since bookmarks are harder to use on those devices. So the Old Adam in me used this to make my daily devotions, well, not weekly, but certainly not daily.

Several weeks ago I purchased PrayNow from the iTunes App store. It cost $8.99, which is a bit steep, but I believe is well worth the money. It is easy to use and has many options that are helpful in using TDP. For example, it can integrate the daily readings with three services Matins, Vespers and Compline. No flipping back and forth between the assigned readings for the day and the service, it’s all integrated. It has a clean type and easy to read, even for these old eyes. Also you can easily find various prayers for most times and situations in life. You can also keep notes on each section of the readings.

So if you have an iPhone or iPad, give PrayNow a go. It takes away one more excuse your Old Adam for daily studying God’s Word.

 

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How Do You Keep Focused, During this Season?

This time of year is always hectic for me, as for most people. With four kids playing basketball, working a full-time job, making preparations for Advent and Christmas services, sermons and the like, it is sometimes hard to keep your eyes on the prize. In fact, at times I might have seemed like the original Scrooge. Bah! Humbug!

This last year has been different. Nothing’s really changed. I’m probably busier now than in years past. I have more responsibilities at work, the kids are more active in their sports, I don’t seem to have a minutes spare time. So what do I attribute this changed outlook?

Part of the change is just getting older. I just don’t get worked up as much as I used to. I’m still stressed, believe me! I’ve just learned little tricks to help keep things in perspective.

One of my coping tricks is really not a trick at all. It is something that I’ve been preaching and teaching about for the last 13 1/2 years. Stay in the Word. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always faithful at daily bible study, but recently I’ve found a resource that makes things easier. It’s called the Treasury of Daily Prayer and treasuryis a new book published by CPH. The general editor is Scott Kinnaman, who I know from my seminary days. He has done an excellent job of putting this resource together.

Previously I had a hymnal for the order of service, a Bible (of course), some devotional or other book, and the Confessions. Now this is all combined (with the exception of the Confessions). It follows the Church year, during Lent it focuses on the Luther’s Small Catechism, is concise and extremely easy to use. Throughout the year you will read most of Scripture with a daily reading from the Old Testament and from the New Testament, an appointed Psalm, and reading from either the Confessions, or a Church father, a hymn verse, and of course prayers. My suggestion for you is to check out this great resource. What’s more, for “a limited time only” they’re on sale.