I remember hearing a pastor say, "to be honest I don't pray that much." These words surprised me because they were said by a pastor for whom I have great respect. He is a very competent and compassionate pastor and a great preacher. His statement about the lack of prayer also surprised me because it was said as a matter of fact not confession. His assumption was that most pastors are active religious leaders and not contemplatives. But I am becoming more convinced that in order to be active leaders in the world we need also to be contemplatives at prayer daily.