35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Prayer is misunderstood. Prayer is a dialogue with the Living God. It is not something reserved strictly for church. It does not require a priest or minster. It is not answered based upon the eloquence of your recitation. Prayer is not something that has to take place at 4:00 AM to be of value. Prayer does not necessarily mean sessions that last for hours. Prayer should not be neglected until there is trouble. Prayer should continually be a part of your everyday life.
Two takeaways: (1) Jesus felt it necessary to pray. What does that mean for you and I and the need to pray? (2) Even when everyone was looking for Him, Jesus got away and prayed. Jesus was constantly talking with His Heavenly Father.
Additionally, for us mortals, it is much harder to drift away from God if you are always talking to Him.