The following is a quote from Robert Murray M’Cheyne:
“I ought to pray before seeing any one. Often when I sleep long, or meet with others early, it is eleven or twelve o’clock before I begin secret prayer. This is a wretched system. It is unscriptural. Christ arose before day and went into a solitary place. David says: ‘Early will I seek thee’; ‘Thou shalt early hear my voice.’ Family prayer loses much of its power and sweetness, and I can do no good to those who come to seek from me. The conscience feels guilty, the soul unfed, the lamp not trimmed. Then when in secret prayer the soul is often out of tune, I feel it is far better to begin with God—to see his face first, to get my soul near him before it is near another.”
Prayer sets the direction for the day and lines up the day with God’s interests, God’s will and God’s purposes. Also consider the verse in
Psalms 88:13 But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You. The morning time is the best time to get started with God.
Here’s another quote from Robert M’Cheyne “Rose early to seek God and found Him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?”