In the busyness of ministry today, it is easy to spend more time "waiting on tables" than to spend time in prayer, to spend more time doing the tasks of ministry rather than spend the necessary time communing with the Father, getting instruction and direction and power for ministry. A pastor needs to have a vibrant prayer life to do ministry. He also needs to model prayer for his congregation. Giving Ourselves to Prayer is designed to help a pastoral student or pastor better understand the importance of prayer in his life and the life of the church.
Dr. Dan R. Crawford is senior professor of evangelism and missions and occupant of the chair of prayer, emeritus, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of fifteen books on prayer, discipleship and evangelism, and also president of Disciple All Nations, Inc.