The man who leads the congregation in prayer has the awesome task of seeking God's presence and power in our behalf. No one has a more important responsibility in our worship services. Therefore, he must be a man who demonstrates his faith in Christ and fidelity to the gospel. We dare not ask anyone to lead us in prayer simply to make him feel good, or because it is his turn to pray. We should carefully avoid anything in public prayer that would call attention to ourselves, either by word or gesture. Our public prayers should be marked by a sincere confession of sin and an earnest desire for Christ's glory. Our primary concerns should be for the ministry of the Word, the conversion of sinners, and the edification of God's elect. The man who leads in prayer leads in worship.