Need prayer power? Try the World Wide Web.

More than four in 10 Protestant churches with websites now invite people to post pleas to the Lord right on the main church site so volunteers and staff can chime in on the soulful call, according to a new survey.

It’s the latest cyberspin on religious life, updating traditional prayer rooms and supplementing other familiar prayer request paths such as e-mail or social networks.

“People today are accustomed to public sharing. Now, churches are giving public sharing an eternal purpose,” says Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, a Nashville-based Christian research firm that surveyed 1,003 churches on use of technology.

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