9Marks: Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church
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What is the role of corporate prayer in the church?
Prayer is as necessary to the Christian as breathing is to the human body— but it often doesn’t come quite as naturally. In fact, prayer in the church often gets subtly pushed to the side in favor of pragmatic practices that promise tangible results.
This book focuses on the necessity of regular prayer as a central practice in the local church—awakening us to the need and blessing of corporate prayer by examining what Jesus taught about prayer, how the first Christians approached prayer, and how to prioritize prayer in our congregations.
“I have a lot to say about this little book, because it’s so good. In fact, I think this is one of the best books in this series.
Brief and well written, this book by pastor John Onwuchekwa looks especially at two sections of the Gospels—the Lord’s Prayer, and Jesus’s prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. Onwuchekwa shares significant observations that seem intuitive, but are also surprising. It is well illustrated, biblically faithful, and theologically accurate.
This book is useful to think not only about when we should pray, but also about how we should pray, and even what we should pray about. It reintroduces us to the ignored topic of praying together at church. Hope-giving and inspiring, specific and practical, the whole book is sweetened by touches of humor. You and others could benefit from investing your time in reading this small book on such a grand topic.”
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks
Table of Contents:
- Breathe Again: The Problem of Prayerlessness
- A Class Act: Teach Us to Pray
- The World Is Yours: A Family Led
- Soul Food: A Family Fed
- Roots: A Family Bred
- Glory: The Role of Prayer in Corporate Worship
- Lean on Me: The Role of Prayer in Corporate Care
- Doing the Right Thing: The Role of Prayer in Missions
Conclusion: Fighting Temptations
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