Men are a sleeping giant in the church. Awakening them to embrace prayer can be a powerful force in any church. Here are some resources that can help individual men and men's leaders to encourage men to grow in prayer.
Discipling Men in Prayer
By Jonathan Graf
Early 20th century Presbyterian pastor Wilber Chapman once saw more than
1,300 people come to faith in Christ during a three-year period of time
in his Bethany Street Presbyterian Church. He put that spiritual
success solely on the shoulders of more than 200 men who were gathering
each Sunday morning to pray that the Holy Spirit's power would fall on
Chapman as he stepped into the pulpit to preach.
First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, has more than 100 men who
gather two Saturday mornings a month to pray for the ministry of the
church. For years in the 80s and 90s Menomone Alliance Church in
Wisconsin had 30 plus men gather on Saturday mornings to pray. That
church equates much of the growth and powerful ministry it experienced
in the past two decades on this praying group of men.
In every church there is a mostly dormant army of men who can be trained to pray. But how do you do it?