Got a prayer and an Internet connection? You, too, can pray! Toll-free phone prayer services have existed for decades (snail mail longer), but now prayer on the Web has found the light.
Sites like prayabout.com, ourprayer.org, and ipraytoday.com allow users to ask strangers for well wishes. It's the Internet's answer to intercessionary prayer — the practice of having others pray for you. While the sites aren't all explicitly Christian, they all share the belief that power is in numbers.
And numbers have always been the answer to advertising prayers, too. While the sites are free, ourprayer.org (owned by Guideposts magazine) and ipraytoday.com dot their margins with ads for Christian dating services and Zen calligraphy. But a site's got to pay for itself, right? Besides, it's a better deal than paying to light a candle in Notre Dame.
Is it good to see people putting faith in strangers? Or is the potential to take advantage too much?