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In short, there’s just no substitute for tuning out from our digital pursuits and focusing our attention on communicating with God in the way he prefers — intimate conversation.

If there’s one way, though, that our digital age enhances prayer, it’s the use of the Internet to engage prayer warriors.

Thanks to frequent updates and invitations to pray, I’m lifting up today an 18-year-old cancer patient named Alex, and sadly, the family of a 39-year-old wife and mom of six who lost a brief but courageous battle with a rare blood disorder.

Rest in peace, Petra.