Until very recently I haven't been very excited about texting. But that's changed. A few weeks ago NavPress was offered the opportunity to turn prayer cards, scriptures from The Message, material from archived Pray!
and Discipleship Journal
articles, and other NavPress resources into inspirational Christian text message subscriptions. Even I, a Luddite (if you don't know who the Luddites were, check them out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite
) could see the value of this incredible use of technology.
It's very simple. You go to a website, pick out the topic you'd like to receive prayers, Scriptures, or inspiration about, pay $5, say what time of day you would like your text messages to come (for instance, during your morning quiet time or commute, over you lunch hour, in the evening before bed) and the for the next 30 or 40 days an inspirational text will come directly to your phone. You can also subscribe to a set of topical text devotionals for a friend, the kids in your youth group, your grandkids, or whomever you know who enjoys texting.
Many of the prayers are taken from the popular Pray!
prayer cards, such "Scriptural Prayers for the Seriously Ill." If you have a friend who is undergoing cancer treatment (for example) you might subscribe to this set of 30 texts and in that way get a daily prayer prompt to help you pray for that friend.
Or suppose you struggle with fear. You might subscribe to "30 Fear-Bashing Scriptures" (taken from The Message) and each day for the next month you will receive a daily text with biblical encouragement such as, "God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom. God-of-Angel-Armies protects us (Ps 46:1)."
Cool, huh? Cool enough that this text-avoider just signed up for a texting plan through her cell phone company. If I'm that excited about it--just imagine how it might jazz the young people you know. Check it out at www.greatertexting.com
and let me know what you think.