The Lost Art of Praying Together

Bob Allums | June 13, 2016

The great challenge of the church today is that she doesn’t pray well. Feelings of inadequacy in community prayer only magnify the reasons why most churches avoid prayer meetings altogether—or resort to only the most scripted and rehearsed public prayers. 

Enter Megan Hill’s excellent work, Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches [excerpt | excerpt | excerpt]. It isn’t just informative; it’s refreshingly helpful. Hill, a pastor’s wife and regular writer, draws on years of firsthand observation and practice. This isn’t just classroom material. She’s lived it. 

Big-Picture Prayer 

In Part I, Hill carefully lays out a scriptural foundation for praying together that’s well thought-out and succinctly comprehensive. She quickly denies the book being a theology of prayer, but it’s nonetheless an excellent theological overview. Prayer is hard work rooted in the soil of solid theology. But theology alone isn’t enough to truly understand prayer, for it is the expression of a relationship with the Father as well as with others.

Hill presents the big picture of the role of praying with others throughout Scripture. She aptly handles the Trinitarian nature of prayer while showing us how each member of the Trinity participates in our praying. There’s so much more happening than we realize when…

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