Does your church have a thriving prayer meeting? Does prayer take a prominent place in the worship of your church? Do you have leaders who model prayer and call your local church to pray often? Though prayer was modeled and taught as an essential need for the Church, lately it has fallen on hard times. We are too tech saavy. We have too many productivity tools. We are too efficient. However, as J.C. Ryle has famously stated: “Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body. How a person can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a person can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too.” Paul Tautges’ short book Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency is a strong reminder that churches must get back to utilizing their most vital source of communion with God and power for ministry.
This book is written to church leaders, and the first section (two chapters) of the book calls for pastors to bring their churches back to whole-church prayer. He shows how the early church relied heavily on prayer and that “we cannot survive without prayer.” He calls pastors to teach their congregations how to be God-dependent leaders of God-dependent churches . In the second chapter, he reminds pastors why and how we ought to pray constantly. Since Tautges book is rooted in scripture, you can be assured that the authority of this section is not from the author of this book but rather the Author of the Holy Scriptures — The Lord.
The second section and the appendices are immensely practical. Part two provides pastors with seven brief meditations to use for leading prayer meetings. These are short and practical meditations which are useful to open a prayer meeting with sound teaching. He discusses topics such as: praying in Jesus’ name, praying for government leaders, praying with forgiving hearts, etc. The appendices lay out “practical helps for cultivating God-dependency”. They are the best part of the book for me because Tautges gives numerous examples of how to lead a God-dependent church. As a church leader, I want to use these appendices to build a culture of prayer in my local church.
I read Pray About Everything twice. As I read it the first time, I was reminded and convicted about the lack of prayer in my life and the corporate life of my local church. I was left feeling moved by the powerful message and the potential that prayer could have on our church and community. The second time I read it, I was edified by the meditations themselves and equipped to apply the teachings and methods found in this book to my local congregation. Just yesterday I spoke to my pastor about leading a prayer gathering at my local church. I now feel encouraged and adequately prepared to lead such a gathering. I have at least seven weeks of meditations to get me started. I am thankful for Tautges and this excellent book. I recommend it for the prayer section of every pastor’s library.
***I received a free copy of this book from the published in exchange for an honest review.