How many times have you heard that the best time to pray is early in the morning, or in the evening, or probably even in the midnight (the most popular being midnight, of course)? Have you tried to pray at different times and it seems like none is working out, especially when you want to spend hours in prayer? Perhaps, the question you should ask yourself is ‘When is the best time for me to pray?’
As Christians, the Bible admonishes us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17). God transcends time, and He neither sleeps nor slumbers, so we can be assured that whether we pray in the day or at night, He always hears.
Now, let’s see the life of Jesus. While He was on earth, he prayed mostly at night (Matthew 14:23, Matthew 26:20,36, Luke 6:12), but the Bible also records instances when he prayed briefly in the day (at the tomb of Lazarus, the feeding of the five thousand), and at dawn before everywhere got bright (Mark 1:35).
I strongly believe that praying at dawn or in the middle of the night would have been best for him because in the day, the multitudes that would gather round him to listen to his teachings or come for healing would not allow him find time to pray the way he would at night or early in the morning.
The same applies to you. Prayer is an activity that every Christian should take very seriously. To make the most of the time you spend praying, then you should find a time that you know will afford you the kind of privacy that you need. If you spend the day working, then just like Jesus, you will most likely get to pray at night or very early in the morning.
That said, the best time to pray tends to vary from one person to the other, but the important thing is to make the most of that time and ensure that it is done with wholeness of heart and with one’s gaze fixed on God alone.