In early 2010 I was looking for an app to make my prayer life more organized. I couldn't find anything that met my criteria of simple and fast. Combine that with a desire to learn something new—in this case iOS development—and Pray! was born.
Pray! was released a couple of months before Christmas in 2010 at $1.99, because I thought $0.99 apps were too cheap. To celebrate Christmas, I made the app free over the iTunes Connect shutdown and came back to a few thousand downloads in just a week. I was wowed and kept the app free ever since. Over the next five years, Pray! would be downloaded over 45,000 times in dozens of countries all over the world.
The vast majority of downloads were from the US (~23,000), followed by China (~9,000) and Germany (~3,000). This diversity was probably the most encouraging thing about developing the app, together with the kind emails over the years. I also received several prayer request emails, which flattered me. I did not really intend the "Pray! Support" button in the app to work like that, though, so while I did pray for these requests, I renamed the button to make its purpose (technical support) more clear.
Many feature requests were implemented, but I started losing steam after a while and only found the occasional day or so to work on the app, leaving the two most requested features, iCloud sync and archiving of requests, together with many others, unfulfilled. That lack of time and all the new, awesome features that Apple releases for its developers, made me realize that I couldn't make the app the way I'd like without a significant time investment. Thus I decided in early 2015 to phase out Pray!.
I contacted Andy Geers, the developer of PrayerMate and pitched a few ideas to him. PrayerMate already supported export and import of requests via Dropbox, so I only had to make Pray! able to export its requests in PrayerMate's format, and things would be golden. Andy is a great guy and was very helpful and encouraging. The fact that it has taken so long to accomplish this is further confirmation that it is time to move on.
And there you have the whole story. I hope Pray! has been useful to you, and that PrayerMate would be even more useful (it does have a lot more features).
Soli Deo Gloria.