I’ve been working through “The Art of Prophesying” by William Perkins. The book is nothing earth shattering or groundbreaking, but is full of some real good foundational truths for preaching and preachers. The basic reminders are always helpful, and I’m a staunch advocate that we should never think that we’ve graduated beyond the basics!
Chapter 11 is a very brief explanation of how public prayer should be carried out. The principles presented here may jar our modernist sentimental sensibilities, but the sting of correction is better than the agony of judgement. Here is the full excerpt, and thankfully, you can find the full book here.
We have been considering the preaching of the Word. Now, finally, something should be said about leading in public prayer. This is the second aspect of prophesying. In it the minister is the voice of the people in calling upon God (1 Sam. 14:24; Luke 11:1).