Phone addiction has become an epidemic. Studies suggest that young people spend more than 19 hours per week scrolling through apps on their phone. Older people don’t fare much better. My older friend confessed his screen time situation was even worse.
“I looked at my screentime and was shocked…I used phone 9 hours on one day, and over 36 hours in one week. That’s crazy! I honestly had no idea.”-An anonymous friend
This is the prayer they shared with me after spending some reflecting on the uncomfortable truth they finally had to face about their own phone addiction.
Honest Prayer of an iPhone Addict
Our Father who art in heaven.
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Deliver us from every evil, Lord.
Deliver me from my addiction to my phone.
Help me overcome the urge to sleep with my phone.
Lord, may I spend my mornings in prayer before I grab my phone.
Help me to put my phone down when I am sharing a meal with someone.
Help me not to check Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter all the time.
Remind me that my identity is in Christ, not in my social media following.
Forgive me for looking at porn.
Help me to be strong when I am tempted to look at things I shouldn’t look at.
Help me to see myself clearly and to seek the best for my life, instead of settling for fake online relationships.
Forgive me for the mean texts I sent my parents last week.
Help me to call someone when I need to have a conversation with them, instead of texting them.
Help me to be slow to respond to texts that make me upset.
Help me to ignore trolls and mean people online.
Forgive me for checking stock prices a dozen times every day.
Help me to trust you Lord to provide all my needs, and not the stock market.
Forgive me for wasting so much time on my phone, when I could have been learning a new skill or hanging out with people I love or helping someone in need.
Forgive me for when my friends needed help moving, and I ghosted them.
I’m sorry for using my phone in church.
My phone has become a big distraction in my life.
My phone has become an idol, and I am so sorry.
I want to repent and be free from the bondage I have to my phone.
Lord, please help me to develop good habits.
Help me to use my phone less than two hours per day for the things that my phone should actually be used for.
Give me strength to delete all the apps that are time-wasters.
Free me from the dopamine addiction I get when I look at my phone.
Lord, I don’t want to be controlled by the tech industry and my life and emotions turned into a product.
I want to be who YOU created me to be, not them.
Thank you for the gift of life.
Help me to live life to the fullest in the real world.
I want to be free from phone addiction in Jesus’ name.
For Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, now and forever, Amen.
The #1 Idol Today – Phones and Social Media
Have you checked your screen time lately? Chances are you’re looking at your phone more than 20+ hours a week. Phones today meet the definition of idol…”something you can’t live without…something you stare at over and over with affection…something you will not allow yourself to be separated from.”
Yet, you probably won’t hear any in depth sermons about phone use from your favorite pastor anytime soon.
More and more people in our society are starting to pay attention to how phones and social media are affecting us.
Famed psychologist and author Jordan Peterson has explained that Facebook use correlates directly with depression. During a recent talk he explained that using social media more than a narrowly defined threshold of time each day was a biological guarantee to suffer from clinical depression lasting anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year…that’s scary stuff. He also strongly warns against letting children use social media.
Tristan Harris, the star of the hit Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma explains to Joe Rogan how social media competes for your attention…”the business model is addiction…”
Are you addicted?