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Teach Them to Pray: Cultivating God-Dependency in Your Church

By Paul Tautges
November 2010 | Review by Roger March


A life of prayer is irrefutable proof of God-dependency. This is not only true of the individual believer, but also of the local church as evidenced in the New Testament. Therefore, churches need to learn how to pray. But who will teach them In this book, Paul Tautges convinces his readers that pastors and elders must not only tell members of their flock to pray — they must teach them. They must regularly instruct them in the biblical principles, examples, and commands concerning a life of prayer. In short, churches need a theology of prayer. And ministers of the gospel need a practical tool to help them produce an atmosphere of God-dependency in their churches. Teach Them to Pray is that tool. Here is theologically rich, yet practical, instruction for busy church leaders.

  • Publisher: Day One Publications
  • Pages: 128
  • Price: £3.78
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How healthy is your mid-week prayer meeting? What proportion of your membership attends? Is there eager participation? Do people pray intelligently? What can church leaders do to improve the prayer life of the church?

Paul Tautges says that ministers must get beyond simply telling their congregations to pray more. He encourages them to engage in teaching their people to think biblically about prayer.

In the first part of this handy little book he shows how prayer had such a prominent place in the early church. He draws attention to the example of the Jerusalem church which ‘prayed constantly’ (Acts 1) and then focuses on the teaching of the apostle Paul who calls upon the church to ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5).

The main body of the book comprises seven short sermons that are particularly suitable for preaching at mid-week prayer meetings, but also instructive for a more general readership. These are instructive expositions of New Testament texts and deal with the following aspects: prayer and forgiveness; hindrances to a husband’s prayer; when the Holy Spirit prays for us; asking the elders to pray; praying for our Government; praying for unbelievers; praying in the name of Jesus.

The book concludes with a series of appendices giving practical suggestions for organising different kinds of prayer meetings and developing a climate of prayer in the church.

Everyone involved in leading prayer meetings will find something helpful here. They know how easy it is to slip into mere routine and it must be good to take a look at a different approach.

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