For instance, need a recipe using quinoa? There’s an app for that.
Want to know what constellation you’re looking at, or if that’s a satellite overhead? There’s an app for that, too.
Need a better price on an item you’re wanting to purchase? Open an app, scan the bar code, and you’ll be told which store near you has a better price.
It doesn’t stop there, though. Do a search in the app store for ‘Christianity’, and I’m not sure the apps ever stop loading. Apps for Bible versions, prayer, hymnals, and so on are many. It can be overwhelming. Often the best way to approach finding an app for what you need is to ask someone…let them be the person to wade through the sea of apps so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
A few weeks ago, I began to look for an app with a systematic Bible reading plan that would help me focus on more scripture than a singular New Testament reading, or Old Testament, or Psalm. I needed something that would methodically direct me through readings from the Psalms, Old and New Testaments.
I did a bit of research and found the Book of Common Prayer: Daily Office Readings.
If you’re familiar with the Book of Common Prayer at all, you know it’s been around for quite some time…since 1549. It was birthed out of the English Reformation and has been used in the Church of England, or Anglican Church, ever since. Now, in 2014, you can read it on your smartphone or iPad.
When you open the app, you’ll notice the readings are labeled ‘Daily Office Readings’. This is a term that refers to set times during the day that are set aside for reading and prayer. For example, the Daily Office of Vespers occurs at sundown, followed by the Office of Compline, around 9:00 pm. Then, there’s the Midnight Office followed by Matins, which occurs at dawn. During the day, other Offices occur, as well.
I suppose, if you want to be a good Anglican, you can read a scripture at various times throughout the day. But, for me, I prefer to read the five scriptures – which come from the Psalms, and the Old and New Testaments – in one quiet time. The version used is the English Standard Version which is what I use for most of my reading. I’ve discovered, too, that the readings will have a common theme throughout (trusting God, praise, and so on).
I encourage you to try this app. It’s a systematic way to read God’s Word, it’s conveniently presented on your device, and you have the joy of knowing that many, many others are reading these same scriptures with you on that particular day.
Get to the store.