How many times have you been interrupted by a notification on your phone in the middle of a conversation? Studies show that our brains really really love our smart phones, and there’s a good reason why: it’s a way of connecting to others. Those numerous text messages and notifications from Twitter and Facebook have emotional baggage attached to them (the good kind of baggage) that make us addicted to our phones.
While I’m not supporting an obsession with our smart phones (I think “obsession” and “addiction” are often misused), I am saying that those notifications have a spiritual impact, especially with the use of Ignio. With the latest update, users now get notifications when a friend posts a prayer, prays for a prayer that you’ve posted, checked into a church, or read either of the daily Scripture readings. This is good, and being inspired by seeing your friends using the app to share their spiritual life is what the app was made for.
But what’s a proper reaction to seeing a posted prayer?
A suggested use of the app by its creators is to:
Challenge yourself to read the prayer, then as soon as you have a free moment, pray for the person by clicking the prayer hands next to it, and genuinely offer a prayer to God in that moment. This is where the spiritual life can benefit tremendously from social media. We can connect to one another in a more immediate way when we aren’t in the same location.
It’s a simple and easy way to incorporate the app into your daily life, and if you’re addicted to your phone already, you can use that addiction to bring yourself closer to God and others ; ) Might as well, right? It’s probably better for you than Angry Birds anyway.