Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Eccl 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
Time management experts say that for us use our time wisely we must know our prime time. Knowing our prime time means we must know our times of maximum efficiency (times of the day where we are more alert, efficient, and productive) and whenever it is possible use that time on our highest priorities. I would agree with that but would add that this prime time can be any time of day we pray and get God’s wisdom to help us like Jesus did in Mark 1:35 (see also Luke 6:12,13; Matthew 14:23).
God’s wisdom always keeps us from wasted effort. Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct (to give good success).” If the axe head is dull and you do not sharpen the edge it will require you to expend much more strength to cut a tree down. Just as sharpening it helps you to cut through easier and make your effort more efficient so does wisdom help you cut through the issues of life without expending all your energy or spinning your wheels and give you success.
Prayer also helps us to align ourselves to what is the most important thing in our day to accomplish. Jesus came out of prayer and went to the next town to minister to a man with leprosy (Mark 1:38-45). There were people seeking Him in the place He was praying but when He came out of prayer He said, “… Let us go to the next towns that I may preach there also, for therefore came I forth.” He was able to say no to the demands of men because He said yes to His Father’s agenda and schedule. Sometimes the hardest thing to say is, “No,” to the demands of men but it was easy for Jesus because He has a “Yes,” from His Father. Prayer allows us to align ourselves to God’s agenda and ordering of our day.