The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer.
Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official—a performance for the routine of service. Prayer is not to the modern pulpit the mighty force it was in Paul’s life or Paul’s ministry.
Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God's cause in this world.
-- E. M. Bounds, Preacher and Prayer