02 2015

Share Your Prayer in Redeemer’s New Prayer Book

I want to tell you about exciting new project: we are creating a new prayer book

written by members of Redeemer's congregation. I’d like to invite you to volunteer 

to write a prayer to be published. 


Tentatively titled, Prayers of the People, this will be a collection of a month’s worth 

of prayers from Redeemerites throughout the city - school teachers, investment 

bankers, stay-at-home mothers, Broadway actors. I hope the resulting collection will 

be a revelation about how people pray and a testimony to how the gospel is relevant 

to every sphere of life. Ultimately, we hope it will show that anyone can develop a 

rich ability to “talk with God" and give you new ideas and encouragement for how to 

pray regularly and more personally for your profession and your city. 


The idea for this book comes out of my own desire to have a better prayer life. This 

past fall, I signed up to be on the prayer team for the West Side Kids Community 

Group.  What that meant was every Tuesday another West Side volunteer, Amanda 

Lindemann would email out a prayer she had written that helped the team pray for 

each of the kids and teachers by name in a theologically rich and worshipful way. I 

was so encouraged by reading her prayers. I think they helped me deepen my own 

style of praying.


That got me thinking. I bet there are other people like me who would like to learn 

how to pray better. And I bet there are other people like Amanda who are 

comfortable and experienced with prayer in a way that hear or reading their 

prayers could be an encouragement to me and to others. So I thought we ought to 

put something together. 


The plan is to collect 60 prayers from Christians across New York City, primarily 

from our congregation – one for the morning and one for the evening each day for a 

month. Each prayer will be personal but deal with universal themes. If written by a 

lawyer, it would deal with themes of law and justice in a way that only a lawyer 

might think about, but also in a way that is accessible to any reader. Each prayer will 

be introduced with a brief analysis explaining what principles that prayer 

demonstrates, effectively giving the reader both a model prayer to use and a deeper 

understanding of the elements of the prayer.


I’ve talked with friends about this idea and to my surprise, even non-Christians are 

excited about it.  As Tim points out in his book Prayer, interest in prayer is nearly 

universal. Even 30% of atheists say they pray “sometimes.” But how should we 

pray? And how do our prayers point us effectively to Jesus. We need models of 

prayer that teach us not just by telling us how but by showing us the way. By virtue 

of being written not by one person but by one community, Prayers of the People will 

do something no other prayer book has done: reveal the landscape of prayer across 

our entire city.


Visit www.prayersofthepeople.net for more info and to volunteer. We will be taking 

submissions through March 22nd.  Not all submissions will be selected and all 

volunteers should expect editing for length, tone, and content as appropriate.  Please 

consider writing a prayer and sharing it through this innovative project.

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Articles in this Issue

The revolutionary Christian heart
Tim Keller
Share Your Prayer in Redeemer’s New Prayer Book
Max Anderson
Redeemer City to City and Reformed Theological Seminary partner on a graduate degree
Update from the Diaconate and thank you
Kathleen Boatman
Prayer Event: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
Rose-Marie Armstrong