15 Quotes from Prayer by John Onwuchekwa


John Onwuchekwa serves as pastor of Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church is apart of the Building Healthy Churches series published by Crossway.

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Prayer is breathing. There’s no better metaphor of what prayer should be for the Christian. (pg. 17)


Our churches prayers get reduced to a tool for transitioning from one activity to the next. (pg. 17)


God rewards the prayers of novices, which encourages consistent prayer in the lives of His people. (pg. 24)


Calling on the name of the Lord is more than just saying His name aloud. Throughout the Bible, the name of the Lord is synonymous with the nature of the Lord. To call on His name is to make an appeal to His character. (pg. 33)


If prayer clings to the hope we share in Christ, then prayer should reflect our togetherness in Christ. If prayer has a gospel shape, then by implication it must have a church shape. (pg. 37)


If your life’s primary concern is to make your name great, you’ll be uncomfortable in Christian community. (pg. 52)


The local church takes the theory of Christianity and makes it tangible – in love, deed, and especially in prayer. (pg. 62)


When we pray together, we want to address the misconceptions about God, pray for those things many of us neglect, and show that substantial prayer doesn’t have to take a substantial amount of time. (pg. 78)


A community that routinely confesses sin together is a community that is glad, growing, gracious, and grounded. (pg. 82)


A prayerful community of confession is a peaceful community. (pg. 84)


A church that practices prayer is more than a church that learns; it’s also a church that leans. (pg. 92)


Gathering to pray helps us embrace our responsibility to each other while allowing us to be content with our limitations. We’re no one’s saviors. Prayer allows us to leave things unfinished in the lives of people. (pg. 104)


Successful evangelism isn’t measured by the end result, but by our faithfulness to the task. (pg. 113)


Prayer replaces apathy with compassion. (pg. 115)


Cultivating prayer in the life of the church is a marathon, not a sprint. (pg. 125)

Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren. He serves as Minister of Students at Bullitt Lick Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, KY. He also serves as the Executive Assistant of the Nelson Baptist Association. He is a graduate of Boyce College and presently an M.DIV student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the Billy Graham School. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies

Part 3: The Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach

By Billy Doolittle

twelveSeeing the restoration of Israel in the book of the twelve changes the tone of the books as the Lord displays both wrath and mercy. Ground zero of Israel’s restoration is Jerusalem and Mount Zion.  The people of Jerusalem, as referred to in Daniel and the book of the twelve, is the nation of Israel and Judah (Dan 9:7; Zech 8:22; 9:9; 12:5, 8, 10; 13:1).  The Lord sits in Jerusalem and speaks from the city (Joel 3:16) and it will endure forever (Joel 3:20). The seventy sevens from Daniel 9 details the restoration which will take place after the desolator comes and destroys it.  After it is desolated, the Lord will restore the city and rebuild it. Israel’s disobedience to the Lord causes the city’s destruction (Micah 3:12).  Here in the city, many will come, and the Lord tells them to take their farming tools and beat them into weapons so that a war may wage on the city fronts (Joel 3:10).   Continue reading “Part 3: The Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach”

Part 2: Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach

day of the LordBy Billy Doolittle

The day of the Lord appears as a thick darkness that covers the whole land with no sun and no moon (Amos 5:18), as famine and thirst (Amos 8:9), as the Lord splitting the earth and melting the hills (Hab 3:16), and the day will be bitter and mighty men will cry, a unique day in which the sun will not shine nor will it be dark, and it will not be cold or hot, but it will only be known to the Lord (Zech 14:6).  The day will be filled with anguish, distress, ruin, devastation, gloom, and then the trumpets will blast, and a battle with presume (Zeph 1:14-15). The day will be full of devastation and a day will contain punishment against all those who did evil in the land and those oppressed Israel.   Continue reading “Part 2: Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach”

Part 1: Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach

By Billy Doolittle

Biblical theology.jpgThe Lord exists as a faithful king over an eternal kingdom despite the sin of idolatry of the people is the bond that seals the minor prophets and Daniel together. The detailed punishments the Lord threatens and executes on the people and the foreign powers serve as the mode that pushes the people towards repentance. The Lord describes making a faithful remnant to triumph over all the surrounding nations in and around Jerusalem binds these thirteens books in content. The Lord will have just judgement on the people of Israel due to their unfaithfulness. This punishment the Lord will bear on them will bring the people to repentance and their restoration as a ruling nation which will bless all other nations. Each of the prophets give an interesting glimpse of what is to come through pictorial descriptions found therein of desolation and prosperity for the people of Israel and their foes. Continue reading “Part 1: Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach”

Ketib/Qere in Ruth 1:8

By Billy Doolittle

Ketiv Qere

Within the beginning of chapter of Ruth, there seemingly exists a textual variant written within the margin just outside of Ruth 1:8. This written phenomenon occurs anywhere from 848 to 1566 times in the Hebrew Bible varying between traditions. The scribes from antiquity and modernity supplemented the words from the margin in the place of the similar word within the lines. This became known as Ketib/Qere. Ketib is the Hebrew word for “write” or “what is written” and Qere is the Hebrew word meaning “read” or “what is read.” Scribes then, when reading the text to their congregations, would supplement the qere from the margin in the place of ketib in the line.

Continue reading “Ketib/Qere in Ruth 1:8”