15] But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Have you ever skipped your daily prayer time because you felt too busy? When we surrender quiet time for something else, we're making a statement about our priorities. It's a not-so-subtle way of saying, "Jesus, my calendar is more important to me than You are today. I'll catch up with You later."
We all do this from time to time. It's so easy to be pulled out of the prayer closet. We think we can "make up" the time later because God will always be there. We seem to have taken His eternal, indwelling presence for granted.
We fail to realize that our quiet moments with the Lord empower us to face the challenges of each day. So, the busier our day, the more time we should spend in prayer preparing for it.
The Bible clearly shows that Jesus Himself protected His private time with the Father. No one had more on his mind, had more things to do, or was in greater demand than Jesus. And yet, His busiest days are the times we see Him pulling away from the crowds in order to pray.
Is prayer the first thing you remove from your daily agenda when the schedule fills up? Protect that time every day at all cost. Remember, Jesus is God. If He considered prayer necessary to prepare for His busiest days, then it is absolutely essential for the rest of us.