But unto Thee, O Lord, have I cried. And in the morning shall my prayer come before Thee.
Very earnestly would I advise the dedication to secret prayer of a strictly regular time; a punctual beginning, and especially in the morning, a measure and liberal allotment.
I certainly do not mean a mere mechanical regularity, as if we watched the clock for the moment when to close.
But I do mean a time at least as punctual and at least as free from hurry as that which we habitually give to our meals; and this, I repeat, especially in the morning.
If I plead less earnestly for a large allowance of time at night I do it with hesitation and reserve, and only because a conscientious Christian, who is doing the will of God through the day, is likely to be physically tired at night in a way in which he will not be, certainly in his youth in the morning. – H.C.G. Moule.
One of the greatest hindrances to prayer is the hurry of life, the pressure and rush of business.
In the interests of our soul we must guard ourselves at this point, and take time to pray.
– Daily Meditations for Prayer