Pastor Invents App to Count Prayer Minutes

Logan Fields, Faith Baptist Church youth pastor, is nearing the launch date for his free app, "Prayer Button". After three years, Fields and other Lubbock locals working on the project are finalizing the process. (Brendan Bilbo/AJ Media)
Logan Fields, Faith Baptist Church youth pastor, is nearing the launch date for his free app, “Prayer Button”. After three years, Fields and other Lubbock locals working on the project are finalizing the process. (Brendan Bilbo/AJ Media)

How much time do you spend in prayer?

Local pastor Logan Fields wants to give busy people a chance to meet and pray in groups, without actually meeting in person.

It’s as simple as clicking a button.

The idea for the app “Prayer Button” came during Fields’ senior year at Ambassador Baptist College. He and his friends started a prayer meeting on the soccer field, asking God to bring revival. As schedules changed or people graduated and moved away, the grassy gatherings became a memory.

But Fields, associate and youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lubbock, never forgot what it was like to pray with people.

With the app, which is in the fundraising stage, users will be able to start a prayer group — either password protected or open for anybody to join — and list specific prayer requests. Prayer Button will log how many minutes each member spent in prayer and alert the group.

“The numbers kind of validates something happened and helps your confidence to pray more,” said Fields, 25, comparing the concept to likes on a Facebook status.

He’s already seen it at work in his youth group.

In his office hangs a bulletin board with sticky notes recording the amount of minutes the teens spent in prayer. Since they started, the group saw one quit smoking synthetic marijuana and another give up razor blades used for cutting.

“If we’re quantifying prayer in terms of minutes, it helps us get out of that normal rut with prayer and think about it differently. It allows people not to be limited by geography or time zones,” Fields said.

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SOURCE: Lubbock-Avalanche Journal
Natalie Gross

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