We proliferate our programs while at the same time we marginalize corporate prayer. The old-fashioned Wednesday night prayer meeting has virtually disappeared. And though there is nothing sacred about Wednesday night as a prayer meeting time, there certainly is something sacred about the corporate prayer of believers. This emphasis makes Paul Tautges' book a valuable contribution to our theology and practice of prayer. Paul Tautges not only encourages us to pray corporately, but he instructs us to pray biblically. Again, my observation is that so much of what corporate prayer we do engage in is basically centered on our own health and financial needs. By contrast pastor Tautges directs us to the prayers of the Bible which are basically God-centered. Though this book is directed primarily to pastors, it will prove valuable to all members of a congregation. All of us need encouragement and instruction in the discipline of corporate prayer, and this book will help us to that end. --Jerry Bridges, International speaker and best-selling author, 'The Pursuit of Holiness'
Paul Tautges has produced yet another small, usable handbook to assist busy pastors in a critical aspect of ministry--the cultivation of a congregational sense of God-dependency expressed through prayer. After underscoring the biblical emphasis on ordinary believers being in constant prayer, Tautges presents seven informative, stimulating prayer meeting messages, ranging from praying in Jesus' name to praying for unbelievers and government leaders. The heart of the book is then buttressed with several helpful appendices, providing practical ideas to ministers for stirring up prayer in their local church. The idea of beginning each year with nine days of emphasis on prayer (including four sermons on prayer), in which each family lists reasons for praise and requests for prayer, so that the entire flock learns to pray informatively for each other as a church family, is just one of several exciting possibilities. Use 'Teach them to pray' as a springboard to cultivate your own ideas on how you as a pastor or church leader can cultivate prayer in your church in our day of widespread prayerlessness and spiritual amnesia. --Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
About the Author
Dr. Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor-teacher since 1992. His preaching and teaching ministry takes him overseas for the equipping of national pastors for the work of church-based ministry. He is also the author of Delight in the WORD: Biblical Counsel for Everyday Issues and is a biblical counselor certified with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). Paul and his wife Karen have ten children.