The latest issue of the 9Marks Journal, available here as a pdf and here in other formats, is devoted to the topic of ‘The Church Praying’.
In the Editor’s Note, Jonathan Leeman writes:
‘Abraham prayed. Moses prayed. David prayed. The prophets prayed. The apostles prayed. Jesus himself prayed.
‘But do our churches pray when they gather together?
‘My own experience suggests, not much. There might be a few cursory upward glances through the course of a church service. But there are almost no studied, careful, extended times of prayer – little to no adoration, confession, thanksgiving, or supplication. And that lack of praying, when you think about it, is embarrassing. Do we actually think that we can change the leopard spots, or bring the dead to life? Any thing that a church does that will be eternally worthwhile must be done by the Lord, which is to say, through prayer.’