"But the news about Him was spreading even farther,
and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray."
Jesus' ministry was growing rapidly and so He called in a business consultant to help Him with the next steps. Wait! No, that's not right. Jesus didn't call in a consultant. He slipped away and prayed. Often. Too many times we fail to follow the Lord's example. We don't pray often. And prayer is the last thing we do when we need help, instead of the first thing. We only slip away to pray when we're not pressed for time. But wasn't Jesus pressed for time, too? You bet He was. However, Jesus had His priorities straight. He didn't let the demands on His time prohibit Him from keeping first things first. I don't know about you, but I need to remember this each and every day. I may not be able to close the shop and slip away to pray, but I can certainly turn my thoughts to the Lord and lift up simple prayers throughout the day. "The greater your responsibilities, the more often you need to check with God even when it seems like you have less time than ever to do it. The daily rush? Well, it can quickly push you right out of the mainstream of the will of God. But take it from a Dad who's traveled. You can't afford to be out of touch for long. So, make frequent calls home." (Ron Hutchcraft)