In the fourth chapter Mike brings a neglected subject into focus: corporate prayer in the church. Prayer in churches is often solely focused on the prayer life of an individual rather than the prayer life of the church.
Before that, he briefly outlines some characteristics of prayer that it is important to remember.
- Prayer is intimacy
- Prayer has primacy
- Prayer is corporate
- Prayer has drama
- Prayer is about asking
- Prayer is persistent
- Prayer works
This, I think, is one of the most important sections of the book (a second book on corporate prayer is in the works) because only that which is fully reliant on God is likely to find the necessary power from God to make a difference.
Mike then concludes the chapter by returning to the prayer initiative called Enough. A thrice yearly prayer event where churches meet pray at the same time for the same agenda.
I was looking for a picture to accompany this post and almost all the pictures of Christians praying was of individuals. I checked the books and on my shelves and amongst countless books on prayers none of them dealt with corporate prayer, all of them were focused on the individual. Something seems off-balance.
Personally I’ve always enjoyed most praying with others, the unity in prayer has always been a powerful thing and so the idea of many churches coming together to pray will, I believe, prove to be something incredibly powerful especially if the Western church recovers its belief in the power of prayer and the power of the One they are praying to. I’m in.