How important is prayer in the life of a priest?

Answer: 

Because we have chosen a way of life which says by its very nature that God is most important, prayer has a central role in our lives. Prayer is communication with the Lord whom we love -- and is as necessary for us as communication is for any two persons who expect their relationship to continue. Can you imagine having a best friend (or wife) to whom you never spoke? Since prayer is so important, most priests spend approximately two hours a day in prayer; part of that time with others, at Mass and in common worship; part alone, in reading and quiet contemplation. Probably the main benefit of prayer is that it makes us more sensitive to God's grace in the people, events, and circumstances of daily life.