"Prayer is not merely a condition for compassionate leadership: it is its essence.
As long as we keep from speaking about prayer as a way to restore ourselves from spiritual fatigue, or worse, to recharge our batteries, we have reduced prayer to a method and compassion to a commodity.
Reminding each other that we should not forget to pray in our busy lives is like reminding each other to keep breathing!
Prayer is the essence of the spiritual life without which all ministry loses its meaning."
--H. Nouwen--from "Compassion: The Core of Spiritual Leadership"