It’s no secret that spiritual reflections and prayer meditation guides have been around for eons and aren’t going anywhere. But, for those searching for a more structured prayer guide and the accountability that comes with it, devotional apps are the way to go.
We’ve done a test drive of some of the latest (and greatest!) devotional apps on the market today. Check out why these made the cut and consider downloading one or two to jumpstart your spiritual life this advent season.
Hallow offers audio-guided meditation sessions to help grow in faith and find peace in God with more than 500 different sessions on contemplative prayer, meditation, Catholic Bible readings, music, and more.
Truth & Life
Do you feel compelled to read the Bible, but find it difficult to get through some of the heavy reading? The Truth & Life app will help you stay focused on every chapter with music, sound effects, and more than 70 actors contributing their voice talents, including Kristen Bell, Sean Astin, Michael York, Blair Underwood, Malcolm McDowell, Julia Ormond and more.
Reimagining the Examen
Reimagining the Examen is an app designed to lead you through a series of Examens (a prayer from St. Ignatius that focuses on God’s presence in the real world), encouraging you to sit in prayer with God each day and invite him more fully into your life. Simply select an examen you wish to contemplate on, such as fears, relationships, times of transition, etc., and select the background music of your choosing.
Laudate is a well-known Catholic app that offers daily readings, the Liturgy of the Hours, reconciliation guide, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, links to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, countless prayers, and so much more. One of the longest-running Catholic apps out there today, it’s a great resource for those looking to dive deeper into the faith.
Bread 4 Today
Bread 4 Today is as a meditation app which people can use to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community. The prayer archive allows users to search by category so that they can reflect on prayers that match their frame of mind.
The Amen app is a Christian approach to mindfulness. A digital way to connect with Jesus Christ while navigating a busy lifestyle, it’s an excellent fusion of mindfulness and prayer that encourages individuals to invite Christ into every facet of their lives.
The God Minute
The God Minute is an intimate group of priests, nuns, and lay people who start their day in prayer. Soft music, sacred scripture and a thoughtful reflection are weaved into a 10-minute guided reflection. Access and pray along with them on your own time and when it’s convenient for you.
Have you discovered an app that didn’t make the list? Let us know what you love about it in the comments!