It's pretty obvious the Bible calls us to pray for each other. James exhorts us to pray in all circumstances, Paul tells us to pray continually, and Jesus is an example even while he's on the cross (see James 5:13-18, 1 Thes 5:17, Luke 23:32-34 for starters).
Well I don't know about you, but I promise a lot of people that I'll pray for them. And of course what generally happens is that I pray a couple times and then forget. Once I tried making a list of everything I wanted to pray about, but that just overwhelmed me. There were almost a hundred people and issues on the list, and I felt like I could never pray for all of them.
I complained about this to a friend one day and she told me that she sometimes writes people's names on slips of paper and then puts them in a hat. She pulls one name at a time from the hat and prays for that person. That way she prays for everyone and it's not overwhelming.
Inspired by that idea, I created this site. It's a virtual "prayer hat" if you will. Instead of passively waiting for you to grab one prayer at a time, though, Echo actively sends you reminders. You customize it in the way that's most useful for you -- you can get emails or text messages any time throughout the week -- and it reminds you to pray for one person or issue at a time.
Echo is a tool to help you pray more diligently. Pray for your coworkers, your friends, your family, your church, your country, your issues. And thank God continually.
When you read Paul's letters to the early churches, it's obvious that he prayed for them (some his brothers, some strangers) with passion and with patience. That's how I want to be!
Echo is not the end all tool for your Christian walk, but I believe it will be of great value in your relationship with Christ and your relationship with others.
Let's change the world. Let's pray for the people around us like we were meant to. And let's show the world that the one true God deserves all the glory.
"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16b)
-- Ben Rugg