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Prayer: A Biblical Perspective (Alexander)

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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.

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Table of Contents:

  1. What is Prayer?
  2. A Theological Foundation
  3. The Teaching of Jesus on Prayer (1)
  4. The Teaching of Jesus on Prayer (2)
  5. The Example of Jesus in John 17
  6. The Priority of the Apostles
  7. The Prayer-life of Paul - Ephesians 1
  8. The Prayer of a Penitent Sinner - Psalm 51
  9. Thirsting for God - Psalm 63
  10. The Intercessory Ministry of the Holy Spirit
  11. Corporate Prayer
  12. Common Difficulties

Epilogue: Prayer and Preaching



Eric J. Alexander is a minister of the Church of Scotland. From 1977–1997, he was senior minister of St. George’s Tron Church in the center of Glasgow. Since then, he has traveled widely preaching and teaching at conferences and seminaries. On two occasions, he was the expositor at the Triennial Urbana Conference of IVCF.