In the very first Church of God General Assembly, two prayer measures were set forth. First, that each family should have a ‘family altar,’ and second, that each church should have a weekly ‘prayer meeting.’
This denomination was born out of a prayer revival – the prayer pact of three men, beginning in 1884 until 1886, when they formed the Christian Union. Our early gatherings were marked by prayer. It was not unusual, in the middle of our prayer sessions, for business to halt – and for the entire council to go to prayer. Seamless prayer. Prayer that flavored and ran through every aspect of all they did.
The Praying Church Handbook, produced as a companion to the Church Prayer Leader’s Resource Guide is a collection of substantive reflections on prayer – foundations of prayer, prayer and the family as well as the church, intercessory prayer and prayer evangelism. It tackles the theology of prayer. Prayer and mission. Prayer and unreached peoples. Global and national leaders are contributors, as well as Church of God authors, leaders and intercessors. This has a wealth of information and will be, I hope, a great resource for years to come.
The chapters are sprinkled with prayer quotes, and interjected with prayer vignettes. Each chapter is introduced with an historic note or prayer story. The book is contemporary, relevant, addressing cutting edge issues – contextualizing prayer, prophetic and priestly intercession, spiritual mapping, unreached peoples and prayer, a history of prayer including a special focus on the family and prayer, fathers and prayer.
I am so grateful to the many contributors to this volume. And once you read it, and recognize the resource that it is – I think you will join me in gratitude.
– P. Douglas Small
Volume I includes:
– A Sound Prayer Theology
– Prayer – Approaching God’s Throne
– Prayer – Balancing Intimacy and Immanence
– Imprecatory Prayers
– Historical Perspectives of prayer throughout the entire Bible
– Glimpses into the Church of God History of Prayer
Future volumes include:
– Personal and Family Prayer
– The Church at Prayer
– Intercessory Prayer
– Prayer and Mission