McGraw, Ryan M.
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Prayer meetings are a vital aspect to the life and ministry of the church. But experience shows that taking prayer requests and conducting Bible study often crowd out time for actual prayer. In this booklet, Ryan McGraw highlights common pitfalls experienced in prayer meetings and offers practical remedies. By giving careful attention to the relationship between participants and the best manner of using our time, our prayer meetings can be better suited to glorify God, advance the gospel, and edify the saints.
Table of Contents:
Prioritize the First Three Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer
Pray for Other Things in Light of the First Three Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer
Come in Order to Pray
Do Not Be Too Specific in Corporate Prayer
Pray so That Others can Say “Amen”
Avoid Political References in Your Prayers
Avoid Vain Repetition
Keep Your Prayers Brief
Do Not be a Slave to the Clock
Do Not Turn Your Prayers into Sermons
Encourage all Types of People to Pray
Remember in Your Prayers to Praise the Triune God
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Ryan M. McGraw is associate professor of systematic theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
“Years from now, should the Lord tarry, church historians will be dismayed at our generation’s failure to pray while our society collapsed. There are few needs more urgent than for Christians and churches to turn in prayer to the Lord, especially in regularly scheduled prayer meetings. For those wondering how to conduct such a meeting—or improve the ones they now have—Ryan McGraw provides motivation and godly counsel. This short treatment is long on wisdom and encouragement!” — Richard D. Phillips, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina