PrayerPartner 1.2.1 Update Available

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Craig Rairdin 20 Comments

An update of PrayerPartner is now available in the Apple App Store. This update provides two new features.

See prayer requests in random order. PrayerPartner typically shows your prayer request in calendar order, either oldest to newest or newest to oldest, depending upon your preferences. As you consistently and repeatedly work through the various requests in the same order, you’ll find that you’ll recall the requests more and more, even during times when you aren’t using PrayerPartner. However, this same consistent presentation may result in an unintended staleness, as the requests never seem to change. If you find this happening to you, you can now choose to review your requests in random order. The requests will be randomized daily, so the order will be consistent on any given day.

Use iTunes Document Sharing to backup or move your requests to another iOS device. One consistent misunderstanding revealed in customer comments in the App Store is that PrayerPartner doesn’t backup its requests. In fact, iTunes performs backups every time that you synchronize, without PrayerPartner needing to do anything special. However, for those that like more control, or that want to directly move their PrayerPartner database to another device, PrayerPartner now supports iTunes File Sharing. This allows you to use iTunes to copy the PrayerPartner database from the iOS device to your host computer, and then copy it back to the same or another device. Note that this is a direct copy (not a merge), so the copied file will replace any existing data that is present. You should also be sure to exit PrayerPartner before copying data. For those that like to get under the hood, this new feature will allow some additional flexibility.

I hope that PrayerPartner users will find these new features helpful!

20 Responses

  1. Victor says:

    Is there any plan to develop PrayerPartner for Android?

  2. Donald Minor says:

    Thanks for the ability to randomly change the order of the prayer list. However, if possible in future updates, can you give us the ability to drag the prayers in the order we choose or at least give us the ability to sort them by “Categories”?

    My list is continually growing and I would like to be able to pray as I am being led, not a random order or not just in the order of oldest to newest, etc. Not complaining, just making a request. Thanks!

    • Jeff Wheeler says:

      Donald, thanks for the comment. The ability to order the requests is already on our suggestion list. You can already sort by categories by choosing to see the requests in a category. Of course, this won’t show all of your requests at once, but does show the requests in a category.

  3. Craig Kummerow says:


    Thank you so much for adding the random listing of the prayers to PrayerPartner! It helps prevent me from ‘getting in a rut’ during my prayer time. It has seemed to deepen the spirituality of my prayers, if that makes sense. What I am trying to say is that it has truly made a difference, and I thank you for adding this to a wonderful program! Bless you!

  4. Paul Iossi says:

    May I request that it is updated to support the iPad as a universal app?



  5. Jeff Wheeler says:

    Paul, would you clarify your request? Are you asking that the forms be bigger to fill out the screen and use the additional space, but still stack on top of each other? Or are you asking that the user interface be redesigned so that the whole screen is used, but stuff doesn’t stack? That is, when you pick a request from the list, do you want that request to slide on top of your list (stacking), or appear next to it so that you can see both (a new user interface design)? One is obviously easier than the other, so I’m just curious about what you’re asking for.

  6. Nick F. says:


    Thanks for the giant improvement in the ability to get my prayer list shared between my devices.

    I have purchased every prayer app there is and i find yours to be the nicest. If you could let us control the order that would be the last hurdle in taking this app to a new level. Also, an HD version for ipad would be fantastic!

    Thanks for an app that is making an eternal difference!

  7. Joel says:

    Jeff, I don’t mind that Prayer Partner is reduced size on my iPad, but I really don’t like using the little keyboard. To me, that’s the biggest downside of using an iPhone/iPod app on the iPad. Any app that relies heavily on typing is a little tough to use with the iPhone virtual keyboard instead of the native iPad keyboard.

  8. Paul Iossi says:


    Whichever is the easiest way for you to program it so it fully takes advantage of the full screen instead of floating as iPhone size or using the dreaded 2x button. I’ll leave the UI design in your capable hands. 🙂



  9. Paul Iossi says:


    Any progress on turning it into a Universal App for the iPad?



  10. Charlotte says:

    I think I know the answer to this (No), but I’m going to ask. Is there a desktop version of PrayerPartner (which I love by the way) that would sync with my iPhone & iPad?

  11. Jeff Wheeler says:

    Charlotte, you’re right. There is not a desktop version of PrayerPartner. That would be great, though.

  12. James Janzen says:

    I have added PrayerPartner to my iPad. I am trying to move my prayer requests from my iPhone to my iPad. I have tried the file sharing. I connected my iPhone and transferred the file to my computer. It is a file called “PrayerParter.001.sqlite”. I then connected my iPad and tried to move the file to my iPad but am unsuccessful. I tried interpreting the instructions on Apple’s page for File Sharing but it does not seem to work. None of my prayer requests show up on the iPad. Any ideas of what I might be doing wrong?

  13. James Janzen says:

    Thank you Craig. Great idea. I will write them immediately.

  14. Laurie says:

    Is there any plan for an easier ability to sync between devices?!! Many apps do this, in a variety of ways. The most convenient ones–think Zynga’s “With Friends” games here–just sync across devices if you’re signed in on both devices. Some use Dropbox to automatically sync between devices. Still others allow you to sync by uploading on one device to a central server, then downloading from that central server to your other device. Though less convenient, this is still nice as it doesn’t involve having to physically connect with a desktop device. The way you have done this (using iTunes file sharing) is cumbersome and terribly inconvenient. Any plans for something a little more convenient?!!

    • Laurie,

      As you might see from the comments here, the author of PrayerPartner was Jeff Wheeler. Jeff died last May of cancer. Jeff and I worked together for 27 years prior to his death and he was a cofounder with me of Laridian. He leaves large shoes to fill. We’re doing our best to keep up our PocketBible product on iOS, but some of the side-projects that Jeff worked on (PrayerPartner and eTracts) will take longer to become priorities due to our limited resources. We appreciate your suggestions, though.

  15. Mike says:


    Sorry to hear about your partner, I didn’t know about that…

    I am a long time customer of Laridian and have used your tools in my daily life for almost 10 years now.

    I am getting ready to add some more structure to my prayer life and found myself wishing that Prayer Partner was being refreshed / worked on – I am using it on my iphone)

    I was getting ready to look for another prayer app but before I do I wanted to check in on the timing of your development plans with Prayer Partner.

    Please advise and thank you for all of your efforts to date…!


    • Craig Rairdin says:

      We don’t have any current plan for further development on PrayerPartner. That could change in the future, but right now there aren’t any plans.

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