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An Unopened Prayer? Online Prayer Sites Answer Many

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,, and 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, (owned by Guideposts magazine) and 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?


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hmcmcd hmcmcd 8 years
There is actually another site called that offers something called simultaneous intercessory prayer. Where everybody prays at the same time about the same subject. But it for world problems or tragedies, not really for individual prayer requests (although I think they have a portion of their site dedicated to that too.)
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
okay baby unicorns crying would really be sad to see...I say everyone need to kiss and makeup immediately. :hug:
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
"Something tells me you'd all change your tune if the liberal-leaning CSugar blogger was the one fired." Sweeping generalizations makes baby unicorns cry. I trust I wasn't one of the "alls" since all I did is point out the difference between a human being and an online persona. I think I must be only halfway here because I didn't find out until after the fact, and though I wish the Sugar team well its not exactly impactful on my real life who is here, and who is not, nor do I hold particularly strong opinions when it changes. This is a content-driven site, and much of it READER-oriented content, so ultimately posters can choose to bring to the table/ignore/support/discuss topics as they so choose.
stephley stephley 8 years
To be honest, except for not wanting to hear of anyone losing their job, I wouldn't be upset if the liberal-leaning CS blogger was let go, and I really liked the old Citizen. The point isn't to read posts that simply validate my world view, as long as the CS bloggers do their best to honestly present reports.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
Stephley & Shadow - LMAO Kristin - Really . . . it's easy just try it.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
I don't get praying @ all.
foxie foxie 8 years
Something tells me you'd all change your tune if the liberal-leaning CSugar blogger was the one fired.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
No Internet page is ever better than lighting a candle in Notre Dame. That's awesome. Anyway, that page freaks me out. I don't want stranges praying for me. Now this has left me wondering whether the prayer for people you've actually met are "worth" more heaven points.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
/eyebrow raise Ahem....Citizen Sugar is an online PERSONA, not an individual person. You know, like a mall santa. Fire one, there will be another. :P
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 8 years
I think it's a wonderful idea! Certainly it promotes the idea of community, which most major religions (ostensibly) revolve around.
janneth janneth 8 years
I pray for all of you now.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Personally, I'm glad we collectively have a fully liberal blog now. I find it much more entertaining.
foxie foxie 8 years
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
LOL Stephley...
stephley stephley 8 years
There isn't actually someone named Citizen Sugar out pounding the pavement looking for a job now.
foxie foxie 8 years
Why is this post from "CitizenSugar"? She was fired. Stop being misleading. Anyways, I think this story is lovely. It's nice that so many people are willing to read about strangers' troubles and keep them in their well-wishes. I don't know why someone would be cynical about that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I think its awesome, and perfectly fine. Miracles happen everyday through faith and why not through the internet?
stephley stephley 8 years
I've seen a couple of these, including a Buddhist prayer site. I think they're a little weird, but I'm sure there are groupthink type people who think they're helpful - as long as no money changes hands and no one's promising a miracle, I have no problem with them.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
To each it's own I guess! Has anyone seen those prayer booths in new york? It looks like a phone book only its for praying. You kneel down in it and everything..and get has instrusctions on how to pray! crazy!
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