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.
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.