"But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer." Luke 5:16
There is no doubt that prayer (or talking with God) is an essential component of a believer's life. But often we can get caught up in the demands and interruptions of life, and we may or may not spend enough time in prayer. How important is prayer? Is it a make or break situation if we don't pray? How much time should we devote to prayer?
The truth is, prayer is very important. Talking with God refocuses our minds, gives us peace, and helps us hear from God on important matters that we could otherwise miss if we did not take time to talk to God, and be still and listen. I know of many successful men and women who book a time for prayer directly into their schedule, usually during the first moments of the day. Prayer keeps us in communion with God, and keeps us in belief for the things we are hoping for. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we should pray without ceasing!
Jesus made prayer a habit - all of the time! It wasn't until I read the Bible from cover to cover that I realized how much Jesus prayed:
"One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night." Luke 6:12 (Just before choosing the twelve disciples)
"After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray." Matthew 14:23 (Just before Jesus walks on water)
"After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray." Mark 6:46
"I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours." -Mark 11:24
Is prayer a daily habit in your life?