I am not a church leader of any sort but I was interested to read Smed’s book regarding mobilizing the church and its followers to be effective in their community and the world. As the back cover quote from Tim Keller indicates, all believers know that prayer is essential to the Christian walk but mobilizing an entire church or city to use the transformative power of prayer is a whole new level.
Smed structures his book into three parts consisting of eleven total chapters.
- Part 1: Kingdom Prayer Breaks In
- Part 2: Kingdom Prayer Breaks Out
- Part 3: Kingdom Prayer Breaks Through
What I love most about this book is that it’s not a step-by-step process in learning how to pray for our individual, personal lives. Too often we learn to pray individually, which is great. But we also must learn to pray as a people! A whole group, community, city, nation, etc. Smed brings us face to face with the power of people prayer.
The book is saturated with scripture, particularly Christ’s look at prayer throughout the New Testament. Each chapter concludes with a Kingdom-Come Prayer Today. This section includes several questions to dive deeper into the chapter’s concepts and how they can be practically applied in the lives of people.
He also provides three appendixes:
- A: Ten Steps Forward: How to implement Kingdom Prayer for church and city
- B: A prayer grid to build the coming Kingdom
- C: A prayer for the heart of your nation (or city)
These are very practical and useful in starting a prayer ministry among people.
This would be a great resource for any church, community, organization or people that is looking to begin a major prayer revolution.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.