On this National Day of Prayer, I am again reading the greatest book in my library besides the Bible. It's a powerful and convicting little volume, by E. M. Bounds entitled Preacher and Prayer. (note -- the link is to an online version.)
Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister. Pray, then, my dear brother; pray, pray, pray. - EDWARD PAYSON.
I am discovering that prayer is neither the "appetizer" nor the "dessert" of ministry. It's the Main Course!