Jesus started his public ministry at the age of 30. By records, we know he was about 33 years old when he was crucified. He had approximately 3-4 years to train his disciples and to establish the Church. That's not much time. And even in the midst of doing what was arguably one of the most important tasks on the planet, he made time for solitude. Isn't it interesting that he needed time alone to spend with the Father? Isn't it interesting that we think we can go, go, go without time alone with the Father? Jesus modeled something really important that each of us needs to come to terms with: we need time alone with the Father. When we spend such time, our hearts are realigned with the Father's heart, and our purposes are realigned with His purposes. Satan has done an incredibly effective job of keeping us from spending time with God. Now we have phones vibrating every 5 minutes of the day with Facebook updates and new emails. We have the television on with noise barraging us from every direction. What we're missing so often is the very thing we need: solitude. When is the last time you… turned off the cell phone… went a night without television… spent more than 20 minutes quietly before the Lord? Don't run the risk of missing the value that time with the Father adds to your life.