For those in need of a prayer this Lent, a British bishop is offering salvation via an unusual source – Facebook.
Published: 7:30AM GMT 24 Feb 2010
Bishop Robert Evens, of Crediton, Devon, also known as Bishop Bob, has invited anyone in need of prayer to send in their requests to him this Lent, by email or text or through the social networking website.
A Facebook page has been set up to receive prayers from people which the Rt Rev Evens has committed to pray, every day until Saturday, March 13, when he will be in Exeter Cathedral offering up all the prayers he has received. He can be joined there for two hours in silent prayer from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
Bishop Evans said: "Prayer is hugely important for many people whether they are churchgoers or not.
"I want to encourage people to pray, and many people feel very supported in knowing that someone else is praying for them, or alongside them."
By using social media the bishop hopes to make prayer more accessible to the millions of people who use social networking sites as part of their everyday lives.
He will be saying prayers as per the requests each day in private prayer and en route to appointments, for the next three weeks. "I will be pulling over in lay-bys all over Devon, as well as adding people to my prayers at home each day," he added.
The page can be found on Facebook as Bishop Bob's Prayers and has already attracted more than 60 fans. Prayer requests can have as much or as little detail as people want to include and each will be treated in the strictest confidence.