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What's a Nice Magazine Editor Like Me Doing in a Social Network?

I admit that I'm technologically skeptical. As a result, I'm always nearly the last person to get the latest gizmo. Whether it's a cell phone, laptop computer, digital camera, MP3 player, or GPS, I'm usually the one saying "But what do I need that for?" The only reason I joined Facebook was because a certain Christian publishing house I work for strongly suggested it.

So then, what business does a nice, old-fashioned magazine editor like me have singing the praises of a brand-new social network devoted to prayer?

Here's what: The Pray! Network online social community is an amazing resource and opportunity to resource and connect people who are passionate about Jesus and talking to God. When people actively participate in an online community, it becomes an incredible clearinghouse and meeting place where all kinds of things can happen. Relationships between like-minded people can form. Ideas can be shared. Creative synergy can happen. Resources can be highlighted. Speakers and prayer retreat leaders found. Events can be publicized. Ministries showcased. Questions answered, problems solved.

I loved Pray! magazine! I still miss it and wish its days hadn't come to a close. There are still wonderful things magazines can do that I doubt the Internet will ever be able to replace. However, there are also things that a magazine cannot do that a social network like the Pray! Network can. Here are a just a few:

• A magazine can't connect two people who live in Boise who love to prayerwalk. Or two people in Albuquerque who want start a 24/7 prayer room for their city. Pray! Network can help prayer-minded people make those connections.

• A magazine has a limited number of pages, so it can only offer a limited amount of content. In other words, a magazine probably won't post YOUR thoughts and ideas because there's too much competition for space. Pray! Network can. And will!

• A magazine can only publish every so often, like maybe six times a year. Pray! Network can publish 24/7.

• Because of those time limitations, magazines cannot offer up-to-the-minute information. So if you just found out about a great prayer event in Atlanta that happens next week, you could never get that information into a magazine because you'd need six months advance time. But thePray! Network can.

• A magazine's reach is limited because not everyone can afford to subscribe. But the Pray! Network has potential to reach hundreds of thousands of people--for free.

Though part of me hates to admit these weaknesses of magazines, another part of me thrills that we have the technology to accomplish things magazines publishers never dreamed of.

I'm so very pleased to let you know that the mission and vision of Pray! magazine lives on, in this 21st-century medium. As always Pray! is all about deepening your relationship with God through prayer. We're about equipping and mobilizing prayer leaders. We're about keeping you informed about what God is doing through prayer around the world. And we're about uniting the body of Christ through prayer.

We like to think of the new Pray! Network as your one-stop place for all things prayer. I hope you'll find that to be true--and that by adding your voice to groups, blogs, discussions, events, and the other great opportunities you'll find here--that you'll make it a welcoming, lively, helpful, resource-rich place to visit often. Please remember to go to the main page and click on "Take the Tour." When you do, you'll find everything you need to start engaging.

I'm really glad you're here.

Cynthia Bezek

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Comment by Carolynn Hudson on April 26, 2010 at 6:43am
This is great may take me a while to work it out but with our Lords help will get there cool stuff
Comment by Bill G. on April 12, 2010 at 10:59pm
It is good to know that there are people out there who actually do pray with expectation.

P.S. I still miss Pray Magazine. Bill
Comment by Bruce Friesen on April 12, 2010 at 10:53am
I think that this new way of communication is much better!
Comment by Virtuous Lady on April 9, 2010 at 4:15pm
I'm so happy to be apart of Pray Network. I missed the magazine very much but this is also a good way for Intercessors to remain connected. I also am apart of several other social networks and am the Founder of Prayer is my Passion Intercessors Network too
There is Power in Prayer and Prayer is my Passion!
Comment by Jennifer Weed on March 27, 2010 at 10:54am
This is a great resource, Cynthia! I always wanted to subscribe to the magazine, but money was always too tight. So this is wonderful! I have already enjoyed the forums and blogs, and love the feeling of access to people I have long respected in the prayer movement.

I, too, pray for God to bless this ministry/web site. May it accomplish all that He has purposed it to, for His glory and name's sake!
Comment by Sally J Campbell on March 26, 2010 at 6:52pm
I mean mobile phone version!
Comment by Sally J Campbell on March 26, 2010 at 6:51pm
I was also disappointed that our old format had to go but this really is better! A couple suggestions; mibile version is way to hard to see and not very usable, also, remember contrasting colors and bigger fonts for the visually impaired on the web version! There you go! Otherwise, i love it!
Comment by Wendy Posey Songy on March 26, 2010 at 12:12am
Thank you soo much for the Pray! Network!!! So glad I found it!
Comment by Cathy Neubauer on March 20, 2010 at 8:56am
I have been a subscriber to Pray Magazine for many years. Don't know how well I will take to utilizing this format because I'm an older creature of limited computer skills. (See, I couldn't even get the word Pray to go to italics, it just printed differrent symbols)! Anyway, I kinda view this as a bunch of us gathering for coffee or tea around a table, or in a living room and sharing and worshiping and praying and just being real with each other! So, In the name of Jesus, I ask for His favor upon this new endeavor, and Lord, I ask that you hear our voices in one accord for God's perfect will to be done in our lives, and more importantly for our repent and call out to you.
Comment by Cynthia Bezek on February 20, 2010 at 4:03pm
Terje--Glad you found us here! I appreciate how faithfully you read my blogs on the Pray! site and your encouraging comments!

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