Psalm 119:147 (ESV) … “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.”
I. The Bible speaks much of morning prayer (Exod. 32:4; Mark 1:35). “It is full of morning. ‘My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; and in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.’ ‘The Lord’s mercies are new every morning.’ Of old ‘the morning stars sang together.’ ‘I, Jesus, am the bright and morning Star.’ Truly the day declines; but at ‘eventide there is light,’ when in the morning there has been converse with God. The morning makes the day. A morning misspent is a day ruined; a morning saved is a day completed. Lord, awake me at sunrise, and by the beauty of the coming light give hope for the whole day.”—Dr. J. Parker.
II. Morning is the most favorable time for prayer. It is calm. The cares and anxieties of the day have not broken upon us. Our mind is then clearest; and away from our families and our businesses, we can be alone.
III. Morning is the time God demands for prayer. “The morning is the time fixed for my meeting with God. What meaning there is in time as well as place! In the morning—then God means me to be at my best in strength and hope. In the night I have buried yesterday’s fatigue, and in the morning I take a new lease of energy. Give God all thy strength. In the morning—then He may mean to keep me long that He may make me rich.”—Dr. J. Parker.
IV. Morning is the most appropriate time for prayer. The day is before us, and the day will be wasted if not sanctified by God.