Pastor and His Prayer Life

Charles Bridges (1794-1869) on pastor and his prayer life:

“My brethren – a pastor who does not pray, who does not love prayer, does not belong to that Church, which ‘prays without ceasing’; he is a dry and barren tree, which cumbers the Lord’s ground; he is the enemy, and not the father of his people; he is a stranger, who has usurped the pastor’s place, and to whom the salvation of the flock is indifferent. Wherefore, my brethren, be faithful to prayer, and your functions will be more useful, your people more holy, your labours will prove much sweeter, and the Church’s evils will diminish” [The Christian Ministry with An Inquiry into the Causes of its Inefficiency (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth, 2001), 148].

Likewise, Charles Spurgeon said:

If you as ministers are not very prayerful, you are much to be pitied. If, in the future, you shall be called to sustain pastorates, large or small, if you become lax in secret devotion, not only will you need to be pitied, but your people also; and, in addition to that, you shall be blamed, and the day cometh in which you shall be ashamed and confounded [“The Preacher’s Private Prayer” in Lectures To My Students (Grand Rapids: Ministry Resources Library, 1954), 43].

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