Long anticipated, the Android version of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s highly successful Daily Prayer app is now available.
Daily Prayer, which provides users with readings from the two-year Daily Lectionary along with a short prayer service that can be used by individuals or in groups, originally was released as an iPhone and iPad app in October 2012. The app, developed by the IT department of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, was an instant hit, rising as high as No. 19 on the lifestyle list of Apple’s App Store. Daily Prayer has received good reviews from users and outside reviewers and has maintained a steady sales rate.
“We’re excited that this version is finally available,” said David Gambrell, associate for worship in the Office of Theology and Worship, which conceived and designed the original app. “We began working on the Android app not long after the iOS version was released, and have received numerous inquiries about it over the past year.”
The Android version of Daily Prayer, compatible with most Android mobile devices as well as the Kindle Fire, is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for $2.99. Like the iOS version, the Android app has short orders of prayer for morning, midday, evening and close of day. Each service includes morning or evening Psalms, the three daily lectionary readings and prayers for each day (on a weekly rotation). The content for the services of daily prayer is drawn from the Book of Common Worship (Westminster John Knox Press, 1993).
Daily Prayerautomatically provides the appropriate set of readings and prayers for each date and time of day, as well as the option of viewing readings and prayers for other dates and times. The app also allows users to choose which elements of the daily prayer service they wish to see. The ability to abbreviate or customize an order for prayer makes the app flexible for both personal and group use.
“The flexibility and streamlined design of the app are a large part of its appeal. It combines the Scriptures and prayer book in one convenient package,” Gambrell said. “As technology becomes an integral part of our daily life, this technology offers a way to practice our faith each day, turning to God in prayer.”
Find more information about Daily Prayer, as well as other resources from the Office of Theology and Worship, at pcusa.org/dailyprayer.