Contemporary America and a Call to Prayer

By John Piper | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.31.2014

I appeal to all Christians: Let us move to a new level in our commitment to pray for the outpouring of God’s saving and sanctifying power in our day.

Colonial America and How (Not) to Pray Against Cultural Decline

By Thomas S. Kidd | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.31.2014

There is an overwhelming sense among Christians in the West that we are not only in a time of cultural decline, but that it is gaining pace. If that’s true, how should Christians pray?

If You’re Thinking about Leaving A Church . . .

By Mark Dever | 09.30.2014

Do everything within your power to reconcile any broken relationships.

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: