'We shall do well to watch our habits of prayer with a holy watchfulness. Here is the pulse of our Christianity. Here is the true test of our state before God.' These words of J. C. Ryle are as true today as they were when they were first written over 150 years ago. Prayer matters, and Eric Alexander's chief concern in this book is to remind Christians that prayer is fundamental, and not supplemental, both in the individual and in the corporate lives of God's people. He shows that nowhere is this dependence on prayer more fully exemplified than in the life and teaching of Jesus himself, and in the ministry of the New Testament church. Church leaders will find these studies a great spur to pray for the spiritual growth of their people, and church members will see afresh the urgent need to pray for their leaders. For those who find it difficult to pray there is much encouragement here, as the author also addresses the common problems believers face when coming to pray. In short this is a book for all those who want to live nearer to God and to be refreshed in their communion with him. ERIC ALEXANDER has been a minister of the Church of Scotland for over fifty years and has served churches in Glasgow, the city of his birth, and in Newmilns, Ayrshire. Throughout his ministry he has preached at conferences in the United Kingdom and overseas, and is a Council Member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He is married to Greta and they have a daughter and a son. In 2010 the Trust published his book, Our Great God and Saviour.