Book Review: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Don Whitney

Review by Chris Dendy | 09.12.2014

This updated and revised book will continue to do what its predecessor has done for nearly a quarter-century: serve the church.

Leading the Church through Grief of Sin

By Joey Cochran | 08.27.2014

It is appropriate for us to include opportunities to grieve, confess and repent sin in our church’s corporate gathering.

How One South African Pastor Prayed Yesterday

By Tim Cantrell | 08.27.2014

Lord, teach us what you would have us to learn from Mandela’s death.

Six Ways to Help People Pray

By Mike McKinley | 08.22.2014

Here are six ways you as a pastor can help your people become more faithful and enthusiastic in their prayer life.

Book Review: Taking God at His Word, by Kevin DeYoung

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church | 04.07.2014

My faith was nourished and deepened by reading this book. Yours will be too.

Why I Pray Publicly for Other Churches

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Why pray publicly for other churches? To crucify the spirit of competition, to show we’re on the same team, and to strengthen friendships.

Praying for Parachurch Ministries

By D. A. Carson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

Should there be any difference between the way we pray for a local church and the way we pray for a parachurch organization? No and yes.

What opportunities is a pastor missing by not praying a pastoral prayer of intercession every Sunday?


When a pastor does not lead a prayer of intercession, he misses the opportunity…

Which is better in church gatherings: pre-written or spontaneous prayers?


Some people prefer pre-written prayers, because it gives them the opportunity to carefully think through how they want to lead the congregation. Other people worry that pre-written prayers will “quench” whatever the Spirit might do in the moment. Here are several thoughts on the prayers for which you have the opportunity to plan:

What are some guidelines for leading a church in prayer?

Use “we,” not “I.” You’re praying on behalf of everyone in the room, not just yourself.

Who should lead the church in prayer?

Pastors and elders. Pastors and elders should lead the church in prayer because they are responsible for teaching the Word and shepherding the flock (1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Pet. 5:2). Remember, when you’re praying, you are teaching those around you! Therefore, much of the church’s corporate prayer should be led by those whom the church has recognized as its spiritual leaders.

Why should a church devote extended time to corporate prayer?


A church should devote extended time to corporate prayer:

Why should a worship service contain these different kinds of prayers (praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession)?

A Christian worship service should contain different kinds of prayers so that the church would worship God rightly. God is inherently worthy of our praise, so we should praise him in prayer (Ps. 135:3). God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (Jas. 1:17), so we should thank him. God is the holy Lord of the universe, so we should confess our sins to him (Dan. 9; Neh. 9). God is a wise, all-powerful, and loving Father, so we should make requests of him and intercede with him on behalf of others (Matt. 7:7-11; Phil. 4:6).

What are the different kinds of prayer a church’s gathering should include?


In the Bible, we find prayers of praise to God, prayers of confession, prayers of thanksgiving, and prayers that lift up specific requests to God (Ps. 111; Ps. 51; 1 Cor. 11:24; Phil. 4:6). There’s no verse which says that a church gathering must contain four distinct times of prayer, each of which covers one of these four different postures. But we believe it’s prudent to do so for the sake of being deliberate about each, and for the sake of teaching the congregation how to do the same:

Book Review: The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson

Review by Greg Gilbert | 03.03.2010

The theology of prayer that Wilkinson teaches in the book is entirely unconnected to the Christian gospel.