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Heard by the Father, helped by the Son and the Spirit, and joined with the prayers of others, a believer's prayer always expresses a relationship. It is fitting, then, that God designed the church to be a community of believers who regularly pray together. And yet we often fail to prioritize these times in our daily lives.
Exploring the Bible's teaching on corporate prayer and the rich blessings that result, Praying Together will help you delight in the privelege of prayer and give you the practical tools to make praying with others a regular practice in your home, your church, and your community.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2016
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Exploring the Bibles teaching on the importance of corporate prayer, Praying Together lays a theological foundation and offers practical advice related to praying alongside other believersin our families, churches, and communities.
Megan Hill (BA, Grove City College) is a pastors wife and a pastors daughter who has spent her life praying with others. She serves on the editorial board for Christianity Today and is a regular contributor to the Her.meneutics blog and the Gospel Coalition website. Megan lives in West Springfield, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.
Tara Barthel5 Stars Out Of 5Brothers and sisters, let us pray!May 5, 2016Tara BarthelQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love beautiful prose and apt illustrations. When I book teaches me a new word (or two or three!), I know I am in for a treat. But my favorite thing of all about excellent Christian writing is when I forget the author and stop even noticing the beauty and wisdom of the words, because my heart is actively being drawn to meditate on the Triune God as revealed in Holy Scripture. And thus it is with Megan Hill's Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches.
This is an excellent book on prayer that I endorse and recommend without hesitation.
Unlike some of my other favorite books on prayers---some are richly theological, but a little weak in the practical application; others are phenomenal in diagnosing our real-life struggles regarding prayer and offering solutions, but present only the pale veneer of a shell of robust practical theology---Megan strikes a beautiful balance of Scriptural exegesis with relevant illustrations and instructions. She is also extremely encouraging!
Megan organizes Praying Together into three parts: 1) The Foundations of Praying Together (Relationship, Duty, Promise); 2) The Fruits of Praying Together (Love, Discipleship, Revival); and 3) The Practice of Praying Together (Praying with the Church, Partners and Groups, Family and Guests).
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Praying Together:
- Our relationship with the God who is three-in-one assures us that all three will involve themselves in our praying---making the prayers of a Christian part of a grand, heavenly conversation.
- A company of praying people is a company of people equally dependent on God. But we also come to prayer with equally good help. The most eloquent giant and the most timid new believer can pray boldly together because Jesus prays for them both.
- In prayer together, we love one another ... Our common experiences are an opportunity for mutual love, and hearing the prayers of sympathetic friends gives us comfort. We take this same comfort from Christ as he prays for us.
- Praying together is a loving act of Christian discipleship.
- Thanking God together is an effective guard against ingratitude.
- Whether I feel like it or not, I pray.
- The Christian never prays alone. And the Christian never leads others in prayer by himself but always has the promised and sufficient help of the three: the listening Father, the meditating and interceding Son, and the helping Spirit. With this confidence, you can take steps (Ill suggest three) to better lead others in prayer ...
- If it is good for us to pray in all our human relationships, it is especially sweet to pray regularly with our closest friends.
- Praying together ought to be an element of the hospitality that God repeatedly commands us to offer ... our prayers together refresh the hearts of saints and stand as a testimony to the unconverted.
- Brothers and sisters, let us pray.
Amen and amen! And thank you, Megan, for this gift to the Body.
With much gratitude,
Tara Barthel, Author of Living the Gospel in Relationships and Co-author of Peacemaking Women and Redeeming Church Conflicts
Megan also includes wonderful study questions and a detailed bibliography, so this is a book that could (and should) definitely be used in group settings.