“We are in a spiritual battle,” says Reverend Bob Neely of First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas. “We realize that. That’s why we call our intercessors Prayer Warriors. In the past year, we have trained nearly 100 new Prayer Warriors. Our prayer ministry has more than tripled in size.”
Neely attributes the rapid growth in his church’s prayer ministry to iPrayerworks prayer management software, a powerful Web-based program that allows intercessors to sign on to their church’s password-protected site from any computer with Internet access, view the latest prayer requests, and pray. “When our congregation members realized that wherever they areon a business trip, on vacation, at homethey can take a few minutes, get online, and pray, they feel more connected,” Neely states.
Prior to signing up for iPrayerworks, FBC Euless had an active prayer ministry, but it has continued to grow thanks to the software’s ease-of-use and recruiting efforts by prayer leaders.
More importantly, the prayer ministry uses the system to coordinate their prayer efforts, with even more prayers focused on specific congregation members’ needs. With so many voices, in unison, asking for help and guidance from our Lord, congregation members have experienced tangible, miraculous results.
FBC Euless celebrates spiritual victories and tangible evidence of God’s miracles on the opening page of the church’s iPrayerworks site. “We post ‘Answered Prayers’” on the opening page, so it’s the first thing anybody sees when they sign on to pull up a prayer list,” Neely says.
iPrayerworks also allows intercessors and church staff to track visitation status for hospitalized or homebound members, including who last visited them and when, what transpired during the visit, and the patient’s current health status. The software also tracks births and deaths within the congregation.
“We have it set up so that the iPrayerworks program automatically sends an update on all the hospitalized patients to our staff,” Neely says. “Every 24 hours, everyone knows the status of anyone in the hospital. That’s a tremendous benefit.”
iPrayerworks was conceived and designed by Toby Dagenhart of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, when Chapelwood’s prayer coordinator, Nancy Sterling, approached him for a “better way to manage prayer requests.”
To date, more than 185,000 prayers have been communicated to church members through iPrayerworks to be lifted up to the Lord.