We need not worry that [prayer] will take up too much of our time, for “It takes up no time, but it occupies all our time.” It is not prayer in addition to work but prayer simultaneous with work. We precede, enfold, and follow all our work with prayer.
Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline
I agree 100% with the statement above, however, I still consider it to be of great value to take time, just as Jesus did during his time on earth, to spend in prayer. What Foster is pointing out here is that prayer is not something that should be done only during a dedicated time, rather it should be something we do during our daily tasks so that we may constantly be aware of God’s presence.
Spending dedicated time in prayer, just as with meditation, is part of a healthy Christian life, but more importantly is our call to be in constant communion with God throughout our daily lives.