Prayer in the Life of the Church

I was preparing for our prayer meeting tonight at SPC and I was reading some of Eric J Alexander’s Prayer: A Biblical Perspective (Banner of Truth, 2012). I couldn’t but pass on this testimony to the value and power of corporate prayer in the life of the church: 
 
I came to faith in a church in Glasgow where the minister, Dr William Fitch, taught us regularly from Scripture the central place of prayer in the life of the church. The church prayer meeting was held on Saturday evening.The evidence that someone had been converted to Christ in the congregation was that they would walk into the prayer meeting on a Saturday evening. That meeting became the power house, under God, for a remarkable work of grace in that church.The only reason a believer would be absent from it would be that they were either ill or away from home. Very properly, people called it the ‘prayer fellowship’, for that was where we experienced true Christian fellowship and mutual support at the deepest level.
– p.74
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Prayer in the Life of the Church