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