New app to encourage prayer

By Chris Shearer

December 17 2019The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne has launched a new app to help encourage people to be “more intentional” in their prayer.

The ADOM Prayer Diary, launched on Advent Sunday, aims to be a resource for private or organisational prayer and reflection that will “enhance the spiritual life and growth, and collegiality, of all clergy and lay people”.

The app will provide a devotion and a prayer for each day of the year based on lectionary readings and incorporates prayer points relating to our common life in the Diocese of Melbourne.

Bishop Brad Billings, who spearheaded the project, said part of the plan behind the app was to raise awareness of the diocese’s Visions and Directions, and aspects of diocesan life and activity.

“One of the core aspirations of the diocesan Strategic Directions 2017-25 is to nurture and strengthen a culture of repentance and prayer across the diocese, and to encourage people and parishes to be ‘more intentional’ in prayer,” he said.

“The diocese has now taken a huge step forward in realising these goals with the development … of a diocesan prayer diary (or almanac), delivered via an app available for free download.”

The app can be found by searching for ADOM Prayer Diary on either the Apple Store for Apple phones and tablets, or GooglePlay for Android.

A range of clergy and laypeople are contributing to the app, with Bishops Brad Billings and Paul Barker as editors. Any enquiries or offers to contribute may be directed to them.