A loving, living relationship with God is impossible without prayer. We cannot know the mind and heart of Christ, receive God’s direction, hear God’s voice, or respond to God’s call without this means of grace. We may enter God’s kingdom without the benefit of some of the means of grace but not without prayer. Prayer is so important that Jesus left even the needy crowd to pray (Mark 6:31). His entire life and ministry were set in the context of prayer. Those who choose to follow him can do no better than to take up his example.
~Reuben P. Job & Marjorie Thompson; from Companions in Christ