We live in a convenience-focused world. All you have to do if you need to talk to someone is reach into your pocket, type a message on your phone, and hit Send. Connecting with others has never been easier! But at the same time, it’s getting harder to connect with God.

Think about it. When’s the last time you turned off your electronic devices, went to a quiet place with no distractions, and spent time with your heavenly Daddy?

Jesus often withdrew to solitude and prayed. It was His very simple strategy for staying connected to His heavenly Father. In Luke 4:42 we read, “At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place.” Then again we’re told in Luke 6:12, “Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”

And on the eve of the most traumatic event of His life—His death—we’re told in Luke 22:41 that Jesus “withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond” His disciples and prayed.

I want to encourage you to make it a point to get away and pray regularly. Put down your phone, turn off the TV, and spend some time alone reading your Bible and journaling with God. Whether it’s sitting by a tree in the woods, going out on a pier like I used to do, or getting up early when it’s just you and the Lord, your prayer life will be transformed when you get alone and connect with God.