Franklin’s thesis is that praying together as a church is crucial because it is communion between Christ and His body and should never be minimized as formality. Prayer is a vital element of corporate worship, as important as any sermon or musical presentation. However, having an effective corporate experience of prayer—whether in a large congregational setting or a small group—depends on many factors. Franklin highlights not only the theology behind powerful corporate prayer but also the effective habits and practices of a praying church. And the Place was Shaken makes an impassioned plea for churches to grow in passion for Jesus through praying together. It identifies for leaders of prayer the four responsibilities they must execute in guiding God’s people, and it gives practical suggestions for how to fulfill them.
It has well been said that prayer can do anything that God can do. I am grateful for John Franklin’s wonderful book…. As a pastor for many years, I have struggled with the subject of leading powerful prayer meetings. This book will be an asset to pastors such as I, and Christian leaders everywhere. I am happy to commend it.
—Adrian Rogers, Pastor Emeritus, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tennessee
I know of no one better than this author to speak to the subject of prayer. He not only is capable of writing on this ministry, but he has been very effective in leading our prayer ministry here at Woodstock’s First Baptist Church. You will be challenged and instructed in this excellent book.
—Johnny Hunt, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia
I cannot imagine a more timely and urgently needed resource. This tool has a wonderful balance of biblical principle and practical application. Best of all, it is God-focused and brings churches to the Savior, not just a program format. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every leader with any responsibility for guiding prayer!
—Gregory Frizzell, Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Specialist, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
John Franklin is a co-pastor at Woodmont Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and has served as a prayer specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. He travels to other churches to help with their prayer ministries.