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Last year, Pastor Judah Smith announced the launch of Churchome Global—an app that allows people to “attend” church from virtually anywhere in the world. With over 200,000 downloads, the app has connected a lot of people through things like a virtual prayer wall and lobby featuring topical conversations. Now, pastors Judah and Chelsea Smith are announcing something new: a guided prayer feature led by Judah.
“Chelsea and I developed this practice together in order to guide our members in prayer, bring them inspiration, and help them better connect with God. It is especially timely for those during this holiday season who may be feeling lonely, pressured, or anxious; we hope these prayers can bring them peace,” Judah wrote in a press release.
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The Smiths refer to the five to six-minute guided prayers as a “daily practice” and say the inspiration came after seeing many prayer requests come through the app having to do with fear and anxiety.
What Is the Guided Prayer Like?
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Guided prayer can take on many forms, but the way the Smiths are using it includes audio recordings of Judah leading listeners through a short time of prayer and reflection. Other Christian traditions have used things like St. Ignatius’ daily examen exercise or meditating on Scripture as forms of guided prayer. One could easily make the case that the Lord’s Prayer is a...
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