Pray About Everything
Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency by Paul Tautges promises to be a manual or handbook for the Christian on prayer. My go-to prayer handbook has always been John R. Rice's Prayer: Asking and Receiving, but I love reading new books about prayer. The description says:
"Believers need to learn how to pray about everything, but so many unanswered questions hinder our progress.
What does it mean to pray in Jesus' name?
How do I pray for my non-Christian friends?
When does the Holy Spirit pray for me?
In this book, a seasoned pastor and counselor answers these questions--and many more--by effectively instructing us with biblical principles, examples, and commands. By doing so, he encourages us to develop a life of prayer. Pastors, elders, and small group leaders will also find this book an indispensable help to cultivating an atmosphere of God-dependency in their local church.
Pray About Everything delivers an urgent call for believers to commit themselves to regular and systematic heartfelt prayer as an essential spiritual discipline for the Christian life.
Includes six appendices with how-to guidelines for specific areas of prayer
Who should read this book?
-Christians at varying stages of maturity
-Small-group or prayer-group leaders
-Preachers, ministers, Bible teachers
-Church prayer leaders"
Pray About Everything is a relatively short book (just 92 pages without including the appendices; 117 pages with appendices and notes), therefore a fairly quick read. However, the pages are dense and packed with information so it did take me several days to read it even though I could normally read a book this size in one sitting. I would say that this book is more geared toward pastors and church leaders, but the layperson can definitely draw great principles, edification, and ideas from it. It's divided into two sections: Prayer - An Expression of God-Dependency and Brief Meditations For Prayer Meetings. The latter section is basically a sermon series that a pastor could take and adapt for Wednesday night prayer meetings to teach the church about prayer and encourage more prayer in the church. There are also sermon outlines and other resources included. I would highly recommend this book to all church leaders. The church needs to get back to corporate prayer, especially now, in these troubling times.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.