All ministers will be called upon often to pray in public. But public prayer can never be a substitute for private prayer. Private prayer is a basic feature of the Christian life and thus a key aspect of preparation for public ministry. Methodist preacher E. M. Bounds once wrote, “Some Methodist preachers pray too short in private and too long in public. As a rule, private prayers ought to be long and public ones short….” One who is not in intimate personal contact with God cannot lead God’s people into his presence.
Jesus Driven Ministry (CROSSWAY, 2007), Page 226