“Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church” by John Onwuchekwa — A Book Review

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John Onwuchekwa teaches his readers how to pray better corporately (as churches). In this short volume, Onwuchekwa laments the lack of corporate prayer that slows down and lingers on God’s glories, attributes, and character unhurriedly, as well as the lack of meditation that confesses specific sins.

Onwuchekwa, John. Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018. 137 pp.


In chapter 1, Onwuchekwa likens prayer to breathing, lamenting for the marginalization of prayer and arguing for the necessity of prayer in the life of the church. He defines prayer in chapter 2 as calling on the name of the Lord to fulfill his promise, linked to the hope of redemption through the gospel. For Onwuchekwa, prayer is God’s prescription for life in a fallen world. Chapters 3 and 4 walk through Jesus’ pattern of prayer as taught to the disciples in Matthew 6:9-13. The first three…

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