About toll-free prayer lines

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About toll-free prayer lines
Toll-free prayer lines attract millions of callers a year. (telephone image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

A toll-free prayer line can be a comfort when you feel an urgent need to talk to someone about your prayer concerns. These free telephone ministries--sometimes called 1-800 prayer lines--are usually available around the clock. They are staffed with volunteers who pray out loud with callers after talking with them about their specific situations.

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Christian Roots

The overwhelming majority of telephone prayer lines are Christian. This may have to do with the idea that praying for others--often referred to as intercessory prayer--is supported by New Testament scripture and a basic teaching of the faith. Volunteers who work 1-800 prayer lines are usually trained to respond sensitively to difficult personal situations and to be non-judgemental about a caller's religious affiliation.

About toll-free prayer lines
Telephone prayer volunteers are encouraged to be sensitive to all faiths. (prayer image by StephenD from Fotolia.com)

Diverse Christian Lines

Christian telephone prayer lines are diverse; there's even a toll-free prayer line for truckers. Some 1-800 prayer lines are under the umbrella of specific denominations, while others are affiliated with non-denominational Christian ministries or large broadcasting companies.

Other Religions

By comparison, there are only a handful of lines affiliated with other faiths, including one toll-free prayer service run by an orthodox Jewish group and another call-in Buddhist line. However, this Buddhist prayer service is not live; it is a recorded message that's changed daily.

About toll-free prayer lines
There are a few non-Christian prayer lines. (Asian girl solemnly praying image by visi.stock from Fotolia.com)

Choosing a Prayer Line

Read the websites of toll-free prayer lines carefully before you choose one. Ultra-devout Christian believers might prefer prayers with a strictly Biblical slant. Prayer lines that emphasise universal spiritual principles can appeal to people who may or may not be Christian, but who value positive thinking and loving Christian attitudes and values.

About toll-free prayer lines
Take your time when choosing a 1-800 prayer line that suits you. (angel praying image by leafy from Fotolia.com)

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