By Dave Channell

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

“But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” Luke 5:16

It is obvious that Jesus had a vibrant prayer life. You may think, well sure He did — He is God’s Son. And you may wonder, what is prayer really? It is simply talking with God. It is a two-way communication where we tell God our concerns and then we listen for His response. Remember the Bible is God’s Word to us. It contains everything we need! 2 Peter 1:3 says “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

Jesus gave us an example to follow in prayer. It is to be a priority in our life. If it is not a practice in your life, start today to build this Jesus habit.


For the next 7 days, set a scheduled time and place to get alone and pray. If you have a smartphone, set a daily reminder for yourself. Make sure you have something to write with to start a prayer list and be prepared to make note of His answers.


Begin keeping a list of people and situations to pray for. Add to it each day. Then, each morning, spend 5 minutes in prayer over your list. Pray that God would use you for His glory each day.


Each night with our children this week, let’s take a moment to pray with them. In each prayer, thank God for something He’s done and pray for someone your child might know is lost.


Lord, thank You for the privilege of coming to You in prayer. Help me to develop a habit of prayer as a priority in my life.