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A Praying Church

Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World

Casts a vision for a return to the simple yet life-changing practice of praying together as a church.

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In our current culture, the church and prayer are often dismissed as irrelevant. But when believers gather and pray together, powerful things happen: the Spirit equips the saints for ministry, the helpless are met with help, and believers experience the joy of being led by the Spirit of Jesus.

In this book, Paul E. Miller, bestselling author of A Praying Life, casts a vision for a return to the simple yet life-changing practice of praying together.

Through personal stories and biblical examples, Miller teaches the why, what, and how of praying together. Readers will learn how praying with other Christians can transform their communities into beacons of hope and be given practical strategies—such as finding a prayer partner and prioritizing a structured prayer time—to implement these changes in their own church.

- Ideal for Group Study: Small groups, Sunday school classes, and others will find helpful strategies to think through and discuss

- Engaging and Personal: Features real life stories, word pictures, and charts to help readers understand the content

- “A Word to Pastors”: Miller closes several chapters with thoughtful reflections specifically for church leaders

- Foreword by Dane C. Ortlund: Author of the bestselling book, Gentle and Lowly, who praises A Praying Church, calling it “winsome and compelling”

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  • List of Illustrations
    Foreword by Dane C. Ortlund

  • Part 1: Why Pray Together?
    Chapter 1: A Glimpse of a Praying Community
    Chapter 2: Who Killed the Prayer Meeting?
    Chapter 3: The Missing Spirit of Jesus
    Chapter 4: A Short History of the Praying Church

  • Part 2: What Is the Church?
    Chapter 5: Saints in Motion
    Chapter 6: Feeding the Saints
    Chapter 7: Are Saints Real?
    Chapter 8: Saints Unleashed
    Chapter 9: The Parable of the Missing CEO

  • Part 3: How the Spirit Reshapes a Praying Community
    Chapter 10: How the Spirit Works
    Chapter 11: The Spirit’s Path
    Chapter 12: Management by Prayer
    Chapter 13: Becoming a Praying Leader
    Chapter 14: Praying Big
    Chapter 15: The Prayer Triangle
    Chapter 16: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Prayer

  • Part 4: The Art of Praying Together
    Chapter 17: Beginning Low and Slow
    Chapter 18: Forming a Divine Community
    Chapter 19: Restoring Prayer to Sunday Morning
    Chapter 20: On a Resurrection Hunt
    Chapter 21: Becoming Real in Prayer
    Chapter 22: The Prayer Menu

  • Part 5: Specialized Praying in Community
    Chapter 23: Constant in Prayer
    Chapter 24: A Band of Brothers
    Chapter 25: Turbocharging Our Prayers

  • Conclusion
    General Index
    Scripture Index

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Contributors Paul Miller
ISBN 9781433561641
Format Paperback
First published March 2023
Dimensions 142mm x 210mm x 20mm
Weight 0.37 kg
Language English
Pages 304
Publisher Crossway

Bryan Chapell

Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL, Former Chancellor of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO

Reading Paul Miller’s A Praying Church fresh filled my heart with the power of Oswald Chambers’s insight: ‘Prayer does not equip us for greater works—prayer is the greater work.’ I was challenged and inspired to reconsider the centrality of prayer for my personal prayer life and for the corporate ministry of my church so that the Spirit of Jesus would pervade and empower all.

J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear is the pastor at The Summit Church

For the past several years, our church has pursued becoming a ‘praying church,’ and Paul Miller’s A Praying Life has been our staple text. The focus of that book, however, was on our personal prayer lives, so I’m excited to see Miller take those insights and show us how to integrate them into the corporate body. Jesus commanded his church to be a house of prayer. Miller’s book helps us to fulfill that! This is at the top of our church’s agenda for the next decade, and I pray it will be at the top of yours as well!

Ajith Fernando

Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka; author, Discipling in a Multicultural World

This book presents a strong challenge to the contemporary church to rethink her attitudes toward and practices of community prayer. I thought I knew a thing or two about praying together. But I found myself being challenged and learning more about the practice of prayer in my own life and ministry team.

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