Andrew Murray said, 'Many Christians look upon it as a burden and a duty and a difficulty to get alone with God! That is the great hindrance to our Christian life everywhere.'
In Jeremiah 33:3 God says, 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great... things, which you do not know.'
He says: Call unto ME, not to Buddha or Mohammad or anyone else.
The answers to all of life's problems you seek can be found on your knees.
In John 15:7 Jesus said, 'If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.'
Prayer is like a platinum Credit card; it gives you access to God's wisdom and resources immediately.
In Romans 12:2 Paul writes: '... continuing steadfastly in prayer.'
I read the story of a soldier in World War II who was caught creeping back into his quarters from some nearby woods. Brought before his commanding officer and charged with communicating with the enemy, he said he had just gone out to pray.
His commanding officer asked, 'Do you make a habit of spending hours alone in prayer?'
The soldier replied, 'Yes, sir!'
The officer immediately ordered him to, "get down on your knees and pray now for you've never needed it more!'
The soldier knelt down and prayed so powerfully that his CO shouted, 'Enough, you may go, I believe you! If you hadn't been so often at drill, you wouldn't have done so well at review.'
Prayer isn't like a spare tyre on a car, you can't just leave it in your boot [trunk] and expect it to be effective when you need it.
You must 'be consistent and persistent in your prayers.'
In other words, stay in constant contact with Headquarters.