By God's grace, The Power of Prayer Handbook is now available. This book has been a long-term project. The first inspiration for it was given by Dr. Paul Negrut on one of Peter Hammond's first mission trips behind the Iron Curtain into Eastern Europe.
Dr. Negrut explained how the persecuted church was able to recognize true believers, and identify informers planted by the communist government: "A real Christian loves God. A real Christian loves to read the Bible. A real Christian loves to pray. A real Christian hates sin." Then he added: "We don't count our members by how many attend the Sunday service, but by who attends the Bible study and prayer meeting."
Over the last 25 years of ministering to the persecuted churches, Dr. Peter Hammond has had the privilege of participating in some vibrant and dynamic prayer meetings in Mozambique, Angola, Romania, Sudan, Nigeria, the Congo, and in Zimbabwe. However he was disturbed to see the low priority placed on prayer in most of the Western churches. While prayer meetings in persecuted churches were packed to over flowing - intense and wholehearted, the same could not be said about most of the mega churches in peace and prosperity.
During Peter's mission to Europe in 2005 when he had the opportunity to visit many of the great Reformation centers: Wittenberg, Zürich and Geneva, he was struck by the emphasis each of the Reformers placed on the central importance of prayer. Thomas Cranmer produced the Book of Common Prayer to help reform the worship in the Church of England. Along with The 39 Articles to reform doctrine, and the Book of Homilies to reform the preaching and teaching, Thomas Cranmer compiled the Book of Common Prayer to reform the worship of the church.
As Peter witnessed the powerful prayer meetings in Northern Ireland, he was convinced that we need to bring back the prayer meeting as an integral part of our weekly church programs, rediscover the power of prayer, and seek the fire of God.
It is our heartfelt prayer that readers will experience the power of dynamic Bible-based prayer through this practical handbook. Those who want to revive their prayer life, restore their church prayer meetings, and see the course of history change by prayer, will want to obtain this handbook which includes chapters on prayer and the sovereignty of God, praying for the persecuted, praying for justice, the imprecatory Psalms, how to revive our devotional lives, and guidelines for extended prayer focus, national repentance and Revival.
The Power of Prayer Handbook is 90 pages and includes 20 illustrations.