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the Church--The Prayer-meeting is the Normal School of the Church for the training of young men for public usefulness—The Prayer-meeting is the rallying-point where the power of faith in the Church concentrates, and takes hold on the arm that moves the world--The Prayer-meeting largely compensates for the lack of a regular gospel ministry.....

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CHAPTER IV.

PRINCIPLES AND RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PRAYER

MEETING.

Rules for the ordinary Prayer-meeting in every congregation—In

large City congregations-General attendance-In the order of con. ducting the exercises--In regard to conference particularly-Meetings, Weekly--Monthly-Of the Eldership-Eldership Supervision -Young Men's Prayer meetings-Female Prayer-meetings-Prayer-meetings and Home Mission operations-Duty of Presbyteries, Home Missionaries, and Mission Stations-Summary Statement...

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PART II.-HISTORY OF THE PRAYER-MEETING.

INTRODUCTION..

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CHAPTER 1.

THE PATRIARCHAL PRAYER-MEETINGSUMMARY VIEW FROM

ADAM TO MOSES.

The gate of the Garden of Eden, at the Cherubim, the First divinely

appointed PLACE of worship-After the food religion declinedIdolatry prevalent till Abraham--Abraham knew both Altar and grove worship-Family and Household worship distinct under patriarchal forms....

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CHAPTER II.

SUMMARY SKETCH, FROM MOSES TO CHRIST.

Little direct Historic evidence from Joshua to Jeroboam-More than

compensatory moral evidence in the Psalmody of the Church comspiled during this period - Importance of this kind of evidence Habits of a devotional people-Emergencies furnish tests—The Captives and their return--Institution of the Synagogue............. 120

CHAPTER VI.

FROM THE PERIOD OF GENERAL DECLINE, TOWARDS THE CLOSE

OF THE LAST CENTURY, TILL NEAR THE MIDDLE OF THE

PRESENT.

Causes of Decline-Reign of Infidelity-Making common cause with

civil and religious liberty-Evangelical Christians alarmed and

awakened-Counter influences, though silent and hidden--Church

Unions and Divisions - Age of the Organization of Benevolent

Associations—Bible, Missionary, Tract Societies Inscrutible Pro-

CHAPTER VIII.

PRAYER-MEETINGS IN THE ARMY, HOSPITALS, AND NAVY.

Agencies employed Bible Society-Tract Society-Christian Com-

mission-Letters from Soldiers in the Camp-From a Chaplain-

Prayer-meetings in Hospitals-- Testimony to the Prayer-meeting-

Prayer-meetings among Seamen-Benevolence of the Age in the

Marine Hospital, the Port Society, the Sailors' Home, the Mariners'

Church--Sailors' Narratives—Ship Niagara--Chaplain's Letters-

Religious interest of Commodore McKean, and his example in be-

half of the Prayer-meeting—Lessons - The old war ship North

Carolina-A Place for Prayer-meetings—The Ohio and her Prayer-

meetings—U. S. Ship St. Louis--A Sailor's Letter to Dr. Stewart-

Reflections upon the important lessons of this Chapter............. 204

CHAPTER IX.

CONCERTED PRAYER, AND PRAYER-MEETINGS AMONG THE

MISSIONARIES.

Prayer meeting interest awakened in India-Origin of the Week

CHAPTER XI.

REVIVALS AND PRAYER-MEETINGS IN SCOTLAND, WALES, ENG- .

LAND, FRANCE, AND GERMANY.

The Scottish Guardian-Prayer-meetings in Glasgow-Fishing Vil-

lages of the North-Reports to the Free Church General Assembly

-Humphrey Jones and David Morgan-England and Wales-

Origin of the Prayer-meeting Revivals in Wales-Prayer-meeting

characteristics of the Welsh churches-Prayer-meetings in France

and Germany-Dr. Frederick Monod-In Paris........................ 266

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