This is from Alexander Maclaren’s book, Expositions on Holy Scripture: Luke, from www.ccel.org. For our commentary, we’re having a focus on prayer application, and Maclaren has a whole section on “the praying Christ,” speaking of lessons we can learn from observing Jesus’ prayer life in the Gospels. I loved this little quote from page 172.
The more we work the more we need to pray. In this day of activity there is great danger, not of doing too much, but of praying too little for so much work. These two — work and prayer, action and contemplation — are twin-sisters. Each pines without the other. […] Let us imitate Him who sought the mountain-top as His refreshment after toil, but never left duties undone or sufferers unrelieved in pain. Let us imitate Him who turned from the joys of contemplation to the joys of service without a murmur, when His disciples broke in on His solitude with, ‘all men seek Thee,’ but never suffered the outward work to blunt His desire for, nor to encroach on the hour of, still communion with His Father. Lord, teach us to work; Lord, teach us to pray.