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Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency Paperback – June 5, 2017
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One of my favorite books on prayer. --Mark Dever, 9Marks Ministries
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 is certainly something sacred about the corporate prayer of believers. This emphasis makes Paul Tautges's book a valuable contribution to our theology and practice of prayer. Pray About Everything not only encourages us to pray corporately, but he instructs us to pray biblically, directing us to the prayers of the Bible which are basically God-centered. This book will prove valuable to all church members. All of us need encouragement and instruction in the discipline of corporate prayer, and this book will help us to that end. --Jerry Bridges, Best-selling author of 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 Pray About Everything 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 serves as senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He is husband to Karen, father of ten, and a grandfather. He is the author of many books including Comfort the Grieving, Counseling One Another, and Brass Heavens, and serves as the series editor for the LifeLine Mini-books. Paul blogs regularly at CounselingOneAnother.com.
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One of these books is the recently released book, Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency by Paul Tautges and published by Shepherd Press. This book is actually the re-release of Teach Them to Pray, which was original released in 2010. Yet even though this is a release of a book with a new title this book is stalwart in its understanding of God's sovereignty and the application of it to how God's people must pray to Him.
As the suggests, Tautges, teaches that even though God knows everything before we say it, that we still must pray about everything which cultivates our dependency on God. The book is divided into two parts the first is a exposition on how we must cultivate a " God-Dependency". In which he examines consistent prayer and how it relates to the will of God. In Part 2 he examines how we must pray. This book is a good balance of theological and practical matters so that when one finishes this study, they will have a better understanding of what prayer is as well as, how to pray for the one and only God who by his will is sovereign over all.
Also of note, there are seven appendices in this volume which help a Christian be able to understand more practical matters of Prayer as well as important topics about prayer. I highly recommend this book to any Christian, whether you are a new convert or a seasoned saint, this book will drastically change your thinking on prayer focusing it on God rather than yourself.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Shepard Publishing via Crossfocused Reviews in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency
© 2017 by by Paul Tautges
Publisher: Shepard Publishing
Page Count: 128 Pages
Each chapter of the book contains a short meditation on a passage of Scripture related to prayer, such as what it means to pray "in Jesus' name" or praying for unbelievers and government leaders. Tautness keeps it personal for the reader, especially in his chapters on praying for a forgiving heart and how our marital relationship affects our prayer life. As a husband and father of three, looking closely at 1 Peter 3:7 in chapter 8 was a timely reminder of how the way I treat my wife affects my relationship with God and prayers to him.
Because most of the chapters can be read in about ten minutes' time, this book is great for personal devotions or Bible study groups because it leave you enough time to put into practice what you're talking about. He includes a number of short appendices as well, including information on holding special prayer meetings and praying through Scripture. It packs a punch in only 128 pages—perfect for those of us who struggle to make time to pray.
I requested and received a copy of this book from the publisher in order to provide this review.
Chapters one and two address the importance of constant regular prayer for regular everyday believers. Chapters 3 through 9 provide reflections on important passages involving prayer. The appendices which is worth the price of the book provide valuable resources to help pastors cultivate prayer in every aspect of the church's life from the pulpit to small group gatherings.
I would recommend this book to every pastor I know. If we're honest with ourselves one thing that most churches struggle with is placing a proper emphasis on prayer. As it is many churches have a prayer meeting where prayer, real prayer rarely happens. I firmly believe that the church will never rise above the prayer life of its members and if this is true it would explain much of the decline facing many churches as we seem to have lost focus on our dependence upon God. I hope that other pastors will read this book and be inspired to place a renewed emphasis on prayer in their churches.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review