PrayBox+ Reaches Across The Planet

Over the past several months, I have been working on what has become the PrayBox project. Originally, my vision was that it would become an anonymous prayer request exchange network and that it would attract prayer warriors who were interested in the business of lifting up the needs of others to the Author of Creation.

Eventually, it became clear that this application would be better implemented as an application used by churches, ministries, and other faith-based organizations to build community and increase the opportunity for outreach.

Today, as I’ve been reading through emails I have received over the past few months, I have been overcome by humility, realizing that the inspiration that came to me so many months ago and the hard work that I have put into developing this tool have been used to touch lives and serve ministries across the planet.

Praise God for his faithfulness and willingness to use His people to fulfill his plans!


The PrayBox Team

What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?

Some people ask the question: What is new birth? or to be born again?

Jesus made this statement to a man named Nicodemus who was the great religious leaders of his time. Nicodemus came to ask Jesus questions about Kingdom of God. Jesus told him that the way to enter the Kingdom of God was to be born again. This doesn’t mean you can get back inside your mom to be born again!

To understand what it means to be born-again, it is necessary to understand that there are two births. The “first” birth is the physical birth when you were born into this world from your mother and father. And The “second” birth is the spiritual birth. Being born “from above” or being “born again” as a Spiritual re-birth.

How do we become born again?
By repenting of sin. That means we are willing to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Master and Savior. Sinners are spiritually “dead”; when they receive spiritual life through faith in Christ, the Bible likens it to a rebirth. Only those who are born again have their sins forgiven and have a relationship with God.

If you are ready to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord by an act of faith, we encourage you to pray a prayer like this:

Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived. Thank You for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin. I now receive You as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If there is a doubt in your mind about whether you have been born again, I hope you will settle it now, because the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Now is the accepted time; … [today] is the day of salvation.”

Do You Really Believe in Jesus?

God didn’t just come, check things out, and then return to his place. He lived among us, placing Himself under the conditions, sufferings, and temptations we all live with. He came to us in the person we know as Jesus Christ.

This is also claim the Bible: Jesus Christ is God and He came into the world to save sinners. Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
He must die to save us from the penalty of sin (and from the power of sin). That shows how seriously God takes sin. What is your response to that claim and to the evidence that He is God and is the only saviour? Have you ever really believed in Jesus Christ? The only one who can answer that question is you yourself.

True faith involves believing something about yourself: that you are a sinner and the wages of sin is death. It involves believing that Christ is the Son of God. It includes believing that He died for us on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins. It isan act of the mind. It is an act of the will. But it is also an act of the heart.

If you have not already made the choice, now is a good time to respond to His sacrificial love with faith and accepted His invitation to everlasting life, forgiveness and peace. Believe! Trust in Jesus! Rely on Him for your salvation.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31b).

But If you have not repented of your sins and believed Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are in trouble. If you die in your sins, never repenting, you will go to hell and will be lost forever.

Why Should We Believe in the Bible?

1. Despite having been written over a span of 1,000 years, the Bible possesses a unique continuity: The Bible, a collection of 66 different books, was written by approximately 40 writers of different backgrounds and professions. Although these works were written independently, they show an amazing congruency and they never contradict each other. There is one central message consistently carried by all 40 writers of the Bible: To tell us who God is, who Jesus Christ is and to show us how we can be saved from our sins and attain eternity.

2. The Bible is the only book which contains absolutely fulfilled prophecies. There are over 30 other religious books that people of faith believe are divinely inspired. Of these books, none of them contain any specific, trustworthy prophecies. None. These are just a few of the prophecies related to the coming of the Messiah. For example, the Old Testament prophesied that “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14), and “He would be born in Bethlehem” (Micah 5:2). And in the New Testament “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary . . . was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit . . . But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus” (Matt. 1:18,25), and “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem” (Matt. 2:1).

3. The Bible is the most widely printed and published book in the world. Every time we reread a passage, new ideas and cross-references to other texts come to mind. This leads us come to an important conclusion: the Bible is the only divine book. Its truth has been guaranteed and authorized by God.

Our answer to this question will not only determine how we view the Bible and its importance to our lives, but also it will ultimately have an eternal impact on us. If the Bible is truly God’s Word, then we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and fully trust it. If the Bible is the Word of God, then to dismiss it is to dismiss God Himself.

For more on the manuscript evidence, I recommend:
10 Reasons to Believe In The Bible

How Do I Start My Journey with Christ?

Our purpose in these pages has been to encourage a thoughtful, daily heart to heart relationship with God. But some of you may not yet know God in a personal way through His Son. Family and church connections are an important part of religious life. But these experiences don’t make a person a Christian.

The following points will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ:

First, we must admit that we are sinners and can not save ourselves. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

Second, we need to recognize the seriousness of our sin. The Bible says that “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

Third, we must believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead. This means that Jesus Christ, who never did anything wrong, gave His own life on the cross so that the penalty of sin could be paid and His righteousness applied to us (2 Cor. 5:21).

Fourth, We need to confess and receive Him as Savior and Lord. “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9).

Are you ready to make that decision? If you are, you can go to Jesus in prayer and tell Him your desire to receive forgiveness for sin and the start of an eternal relationship with Him.

Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived. Thank You for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin. I now receive You as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Did you pray that prayer? If you did, you can have the assurance that Christ is in your life. The Apostle John wrote, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (I Jn. 5:13).

The Amazing Names of Jesus Christ

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet made this question famous. A name is important. From the day of our birth, our parents use our name to link us to their own preferences and values. The significance of a name was particularly true in Bible times. In both Old and New Testaments, names were used to reflect personal experience or express or influence character. Jacob, which means “supplanter”, The name Naomi means “delightful one”, Samuel, which means “heard of God” and Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement”. So names are important to the people of the Bible.

But nowhere is this more significant than in the one who, according to the New Testament, has a name that means Savior. In Matthew 1:21, we read: She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

Whether or not we have accepted the claims of the New Testament regarding Christ, it is important for us to see that the Scriptures honor the name Jesus for several reasons. According to them:

  • It is the name by which we must be saved. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
  • It is the name at which, one day in the future, every knee shall bow. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father” (Phil. 2:10-11).
  • Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.“Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
  • By discovering that He is a person of many names, we will be led deeper into an understanding of who He is and why He deserves our trust.

    Reflections: What does each of Jesus’ names mean to you personally?

    How to Install PrayBox+ Plugin

    In this step by step guide, we will show you how to install PrayBox+ Plugin.

    First, you need to have the plugin file (which will be a zip file). Next, you need to go to WordPress admin area and visit Plugins » Add New.

    After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page.


    This will bring you to the plugin upload page. Here you need to click on the choose file button and select the plugin file you downloaded earlier to your computer.


    After you have selected the file, you need to click on the install now button.
    WordPress will now upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. You will see a success message like this after installation is finished.


    Once installed, you need to click on the Activate Plugin link to start using the plugin.

    There is one step many people seem to overlook when upgrading to the premium version of a plugin – uninstalling the free version!

    How to Use Postman SMTP to Send WordPress Emails

    PrayBox plugin uses mail function in PHP to send emails. This mail function often does not work as expected due to a number of reasons. The most common reason is because your hosting company may have strict email configuration or they have disabled it entirely to avoid abuse. In either case, your notifications or emails generated by PrayBox will not be delivered.

    Let’s take a look at an example: Assume that your admin email address in WordPress is and your site’s domain name is Emails sent by WordPress will be sent from an email address like This is not an actual email address. Many spam filters will mark it as spam and sometimes the email will not even leave your web host before its been discarded as abuse.

    That’s why we recommend using Postman SMTP plugin to send emails in WordPress. SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is the industry standard for sending emails. Setting up email can be a little bit difficult for new WordPress users. However, keep in mind that you will only have to do this once.

    Let’s take a look at how to setup Postman SMTP services to send out WordPress emails.

    First thing you need to do is install and activate Postman SMTP Mailer/ Email Log plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Postman SMTP page to configure the plugin settings.


    Simply click on Start the Wizard button to get started. You will be asked if you would like to import settings from another plugin. Click on next button to continue.

    Next you need to enter your Gmail email address and sender name. Click on the next button to proceed.

    The plugin will now try to figure out your SMTP server. In this case, it will show, click on the next button to continue.

    The plugin will now run some tests and will show you the best possible settings. For Gmail SMTP, the recommended settings are SMTP-STARTTLS with OAuth 2.0 authentication.


    Click on the next button to continue and the plugin will show you two URLs and will ask you to provide Client ID and Client Secret.

    You will also find the link to Google Developers Console Gmail Wizard, which will take you to a step by step wizard for generating those API keys.

    Once you open the wizard, you will be asked to login with your Google account. Use your Gmail address (the same email address that you are configuring Postman with) as the Google account to proceed.

    Next, you will be asked to create a new project. Simply click on the continue button.


    Google Developer Console will now create a project for you with the Gmail API. You will see a message that a project has been created with the Gmail API enabled.

    Click on the ‘Go To Credentials’ button to continue.


    On the next screen, you will be asked where will you be calling the API from? You need to select Web Browser (Javascript). Under ‘What data will you be accessing?’, select User Data.

    Click on ‘What credentials do I need?’ button to continue.

    You will now reach the ‘Create an OAuth 2.0 client ID’ step of the wizard. Provide a name, this could be your website title or anything you want.

    After that copy the ‘Authorized JavaScript origins’ URL and ‘Authorized redirect URI’ shown on the Postman wizard screen and paste theme here.


    Click on the ‘Create Client ID’ button to proceed.

    You will be now asked to setup OAuth screen. Simply select your gmail address and provide a name for the App that is accessing your Gmail Account. In this case, it will be your own website.


    After that click on the continue button. Your Gmail API is now all set with OAuth authentication enabled for it. You need to click on the Done button.


    This will take you to your API credentials list. On this page page, you will see the client IDs that you have created to access your Gmail API. Click on the Name of your website or project client. You will get to see your client ID and client secret keys.



    You need to copy those keys and paste them in the Postman plugin page on your WordPress site.


    After that click on the next button to continue. You have successfully finished the Postman plugin’s setup wizard. Click on the finish button to exit the wizard.

    Now, you need to grant your WordPress site permission to access your Gmail account. Simply click on the ‘Grant permission with Google’ link on the Postman plugin page in your WordPress site.


    This will take you to your Google account. You need to click on the Allow button to give your website access to your Gmail account. You can now send yourself a test email to see if everything is working fine.

    We hope this article helped you learn how to use Postman SMTP to send WordPress emails.

    Praise Reports feature

    Here’s how the “Praise Reports” feature works:

    • Requestor submits a prayer request and an email is sent to the Requestor which contains a private link that they can use to edit/close their prayer request and submit a Praise Report.
    • When the prayer request has been answered, the requestor can click on that link, check the box that says “I would like to close this prayer request,” enter the text for their praise report, and submit that form.
    • Prayer requests that have been closed are added to the list of available praise reports, which is accessible by the site administrator by logging into the WP Dashboard and clicking on the “Praise Reports” item in the PrayBox+ menu.
    • To show a particular praise report, the administrator clicks on the “Show” button corresponding to the request/praise report that has been submitted. To hide a particular praise report, the administrator clicks on the “Hide” button corresponding to the request/praise report.
    • The praise reports that the administrator has selected to be shown are displayed on the page containing the
      Prayer RequestPraise Report
      prayer for my brother ChuckSubmitted By: Anonymous
      Please pray for my brother Chuck. He's in severe pain and went to the hospital last night. They are scheduling for his gall bladder to be removed. He is not employed and neither is his wife Diane. If you could please keep Chuck, Diane and their daughter Sophia and Sunny in prayer I would really appreciate it.My brother is doing well as he has healed nicely from this surgery. Thank you for all of the prayers!
      HealingSubmitted By: Anonymous
      Having eye surgery needs healing - please also pray for friend Jan has just hurt her back - please pray healing of back & skin irritation & pray for miracle breakthrough in finances so business does not have to go bankrupt. Note this sister does tithe & faithfully bless others so in need of a breakthrough miracle. Thank YouThank You for praying surgery succesful. Jan also healed & had small breakthrough still believing for total miracle so does not have to declare bankruptsy. God is faithful Amen
      dying of AIDSSubmitted By: Joyce Jacobsen
      A friend's son, 47 years old, who as a child professed Christ, is now dying of AIDS and refusing to let anyone come pray with him. The mother is asking Jesus to speak with him and soften his heart.The morning of his death, he said he did not want morphine and asked his sister to call his mom to come. The mother sat at her son's bedside and during his last hours, he received forgiveness for his sins and turned back to Christ. She is a dedicated Christian and says that she is rejoicing in God. God had told her 6 months ago that "nothing is impossible for God". This has also been a testimony to his twin and a lesbian friend that was present at his bed side. The mother and I thank you for the prayers on her son's behalf.
      Healing for Edward and BobSubmitted By: Cathy Cornett
      Edward Harris (58) had a massive stroke and is on life support - we are speaking healing and restoration over him.
      Bob has battled brain cancer for about 3 years - doctors said he should be dead, he's determined to beat it. Current tumor is on the brain stem and inoperable, now affecting his motor skills on his left side. Wife doesn't want him back home, he's in a nursing home - in his 50's. Healing and restoration needed. Both men are believers.
      Both have moved to Heaven!
      Prayers for Healing and restored healthSubmitted By: Anonymous
      I have a serious back condition as well as fibromyalgia and sciatica. I have been in pain and restricted physically for over a year. Please ask our wonderful Lord and Savior for Healing. thank you.The prayers have helped tremendously, my pain is reduced and finally able to rebuild some strength and stamina. Thank you so much, you are wonderful.
      Miraculous Total Healing for Kelsie!Submitted By: Anonymous
      Please Blessed Jesus, I pray for a miracle healing for your daughter Kelsie Lee. She has suffered through 3 bouts of breast cancer and is now in hospice. I know Jesus it's still not too late for you to touch her and heal her fully here and now. I stand in total faith for her healing and I give you praise and thanks for healing her and restoring her to health and life through Your Precious Blood I pray. AMEN and AMEN!

      Kelsie passed away a few days ago. We thank all who prayed for her. She is no longer suffering and we are eternally thankful to Our Lord!
      University OffersSubmitted By: Aagi Jacob
      Please pray for me so i can get an offer from one of my chosen universities. Thankyou so much i received three offers from which one of the offers being my first choice. May God Bless You

    NOTE: Praise Reports must be manually selected to “show” in the praise report list by the administrator. This is on purpose. As the developer of this plugin and a Christian, I have carefully considered my responsibilities and feel that it is important to be diligent in protecting the reputation of our Lord. Sometimes, when God doesn’t answer our prayers the way that we would like him to, instead of giving him praise, we doubt his wisdom and lash out against him. To keep your websites from potentially displaying someone’s anger towards the Lord, I have made it necessary for praise reports to be selected by the administrator before they are shown to the world on your sites. This also allows you to weed out the junk that is sometimes submitted by amateur comedians who haven’t thought things through before submitting comical, silly, or otherwise inappropriate praise reports.

    What To Do Before Upgrading To Premium

    Did you have a fatal error occur right after upgrading to that fancy premium plugin?

    Chances are, it’s not the plugin. There is one step many people seem to overlook when upgrading to the premium version of a plugin – uninstalling the free version!

    That’s it! Do that one step and the installation process will go smoothly and those sweet, juicy premium features will be impressing your audience before you know it! But just in-case you didn’t catch it the first time:

    Uninstall the previous version of a plugin BEFORE installing the premium one!