This book by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher offers a model of profound and accessible congregational prayer. At once inspirational and practical, it will empower and equip laypeople and clergy alike to offer heartfelt, informed, thoughtful, and appropriate prayers on behalf of the people of God. As Wells says, Interceding in public worship is a duty. This book is intended to make it a joy. Shaping the Prayers of the People
begins by considering what public prayer is and offering practical guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls. It explores prayers as an integral part of worship and discusses the kind of language we need (and don't need) to address God. Finally, the book provides an array of example prayers along with commentary.