Paul E. Miller, A Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2023), 279 pp.
Ask any Christian if they are satisfied with their prayer life. Ask any pastor if he is satisfied with the emphasis on prayer in the church he pastors. Most responses will be discouraging. Hence the need for Paul Miller’s book, A Praying Church.
Miller builds on his earlier work, A Praying Life by urging pastors and their congregants to commit to a rigorous practice of prayer. The author begins by making the case for praying together. He proceeds to explain the functions of a New Testament church and reveals how the Spirit of God reshapes a praying community. Finally, Miller gives practical suggestions for cultivating a church that is saturated by prayer.
At one point, the author commends the popular video series, The Chosen, a move that does not fit with the general tenor of the book. The lack of discernment is concerning but does not distract from the major arguments in the book.
In the end, Miller succeeds in motivating Christians to return to a passionate pursuit of prayer. He writes, “We don’t learn the Spirit abstractly, separate from the person of Jesus. The Spirit of Jesus loves hidden places where he isn’t turned into a show. He loves to work in broken people, people who realize that they can’t do life on their own.”
May churches gather in prayer, in the power of the Spirit, so that our great God will be known and cherished around the world.
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