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“Megan Hill has given us a primer on prayer that is both useful and eloquent. Many of us, myself included, are prone to entertain an untruth about prayer: that it should always be easy and spontaneous, free of any hint of discipline or forethought. Megan empathetically and expressively lifts our eyes toward a higher vision, grounded in the truth of Scripture, of prayer as a delightful duty to be practiced, savored, and shared.”
―Jen Wilkin, Director of Classes and Curriculum, The Village Church; author, Women of the Word; None Like Him; and In His Image
“Megan Hill is a wise and godly woman, a friend, and one of my favorite authors. She writes to move us to pray together in our homes, communities, and churches. She does three things in particular to help us to pray together in this book. She offers us encouragement, experience, and counsel―all richly biblical and theological. The chapter “Praying with the Church” is by itself worth the price of admission. The book is brief enough to be read in a sitting and deep enough to be savored for a semester. If you and your brothers and sisters in Christ pray together with more hope, delight, and expectancy because of reading it, I am sure that Megan will feel her aim is realized.”
―J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“When Megan Hill prays, one feels the force of an entire life spent communing with the triune God. Now, Hill provides both the theology and practical guidance to usher others into a rich life of prayer among fellow Christians and in corporate worship. This book will remind you of how good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell―and pray―together in unity.”
―Katelyn Beaty, Managing Editor, Christianity Today
“Another book on prayer? Yes, and no. Yes, the focus of this book is about urgent, corporate, sustained prayer of the kind that Scripture urges and Jesus extols as necessary if we are to endure in the battle that faces the Christian church. And no, for this is not just a book about prayer. Megan Hill is an accomplished author and godly pastor’s wife and mother. What she has to say comes from a sharp and discerning mind but also from the treasury of rich pastoral experience. Could it be that this book is God’s instrument in reviving among us a healthy, vigorous, infectious prayer life―prayer partnerships―that will redirect the course of this world? I think it possible. I pray that it is.”
―Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
“Praying Together wasn’t written as a guide to improving your prayer life, but it’s impossible to read without feeling compelled to pray more often, more sincerely, and with more people. Megan Hill’s reverence for prayer and her personal stories of devotion made me grateful for the gift of prayer and for a God who uses prayer to bring us to him and to each other. Praying Together offers vital encouragement.”
―Kate Shellnutt, Associate Editor, Christianity Today; Editor, Her.meneutics
“Come let us pray! A covenant child of God, who learned to pray in Word and deed, calls Christ’s church to devoted, fervent prayer. Megan has given us a standard for kingdom praying that will bring growth and grace personally and corporately. Come, fill and disciple your hearts in remembering together who God is and what he has done. Brothers and sisters, are you ready?”
―Jane Patete, Former Coordinator of Women’s Ministry, The Presbyterian Church of America
“Reading this beautiful book on prayer is like enjoying a meal with a friend. Our hostess, Megan Hill, serves the wisdom of the Word, well-baked with centuries of godly Reformed and Puritan writers and seasoned with many personal experiences. Her reflections on prayer are gentle and practical, and by God’s grace I would expect you to be eager to take her recipe and use it often in your home and church.”
―Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Praying Together made me want to grab a friend and pray. Megan Hill reminds us of the privilege, duty, and delight that await us as we join one another in communion with God. Weaving together the Bible’s testimony about prayer and the blessing it has been to the church through the ages, this book will drive you to your knees in the anticipation of the great things God will do.”
―Melissa Kruger, author, In All Things and The Envy of Eve
“Megan Hill helps us to see, with admirable clarity and practical insight, how the triune God invites believers to gather together in prayer―in the church, in our families, and in a host of other settings. She points us to the rich promises and the remarkable blessings attending corporate prayer in Scripture. Her examples and illustrations stir us to pray with others. Read this book and join the chorus of saints lifting their voices to heaven.”
―Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary
“Megan Hill offers a biblical foundation as well as practical instruction for joining together to pursue an ever-deeper relationship with the Father, through the work of the Son, by the power of the Spirit. We will always find reasons not to pray together. But if we hope to live as conduits of the power of God―if we hope to feed the hungry, unbind the prisoner, comfort the grieving, and shine light in the world’s dark corners―Hill encourages us to begin, together, on our knees.”
―Martha Manikas-Foster, Producer and Host, Inside Out, Family Life
“Megan Hill learned to pray as a small child in the company of her parents and members of her local church. Now she’s written a rich resource on corporate prayer, helpful for families, small groups, and churches. I look forward to gathering friends and reading Praying Together. Better yet, I look forward to praying with them.”
―Jen Pollock Michel, author, Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place
About the Author
Megan Hill (BA, Grove City College) is a pastor’s wife and a pastor’s daughter who has spent her life praying with others. She serves on the editorial board for Christianity Today and is a regular contributor to the Her.meneutics blog and the Gospel Coalition website. Megan lives in West Springfield, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.
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Much has already been written on prayer. I have read heavy treatises on the subject, and books that seem to want to coerce or guilt me into making prayer a priority. Megan Hill’s Praying Together is neither of those. She has found a balance of depth and warmth that makes this an important and readable book. She puts prayer right where in needs to be in the life of the church and in the life of the individual believer. This is a reminder of the privilege and need of prayer and a call to give prayer its rightful and necessary place in our corporate, family, and individual lives.
My response as I closed Praying Together was not one of guilt or the sigh of “I really should pray more,” but a wonderful sense of longing to engage in this amazing privilege of personal and corporate prayer. Thank you, Megan.
One of the striking features of this book is its deep theology. The author argues for prayer in a very God-centred and scriptural fashion. There is no fluff here, only rich, meaningful theology. Her burden is to argue for the priority and privilege of corporate prayer—in the home, in the community, and in the church.
The book includes a handy set of study questions for those who might use the book in a book study setting.
The chapter on praying together as a church is worth the cost of the book alone, but there is much more to be had than that chapter. The theological foundation that the author lays for corporate prayer is crucial for Christians everywhere to understand. But it is also clear that she writes not only theologically, but experientially. The words you will read in this book come from the pen of a woman who not only knows her Bible, but who knows what it is to pray together.
This is not a feel-good book, but one that is thoroughly God-centred. It is therefore a book that has the potential to cultivate a very real and sustainable prayer life.