The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people.

If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of die first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer!

(Charles Haddon Spurgeon quoted in Everything by Prayer by Fred Hartley, 120)

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