Observation ~ The day before, the items from Jesus' to do list that made it to print included . . .
:21 went to the synagogue first thing in the morning and taught there
:23 rebuked the unclean spirit
:31 healed Simon's mother in law
:32 started, when the sun went down, healing all that were diseased or possessed
:33 managed the entire city that had gathered at that time
So, Jesus had been up since before dawn, worked all day, and then wrapped up the day by having an audience with the entire city starting in the evening, (which must have taken hours).
And yet the next morning, a great while before day,
he got up to pray.
Application ~ My busiest days are either World Tour Wednesdays when I cover from 120 - 175 miles and make anywhere from 4 - 14 stops over 6 - 10 hours, or Sundays when our elder and his family are in town and we have church service, then fellowship/meals for the church all day here in our home. Either way, the next day I sleep until my body is done and then get up to start my day.
While that's usually enough to get some bible reading in, etc., I must confess the thought of getting up early enough to achieve solitude for a generous amount of time to pray is the last thing on my mind. While yes, those are long days are long and physically and mentally taxing, I have nothing on the days that Jesus put in.
Prayer ~ Father, please convict me in my prayer life. Grow me, especially in this area, in the manner you best see fit. To follow you without prayer is like trying to live without breath. Help me live more fully in you!