In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
Does it matter what time of day we pray? Personally I don’t think so. However, it is important that we do pray.
Over the years I have tried praying last thing at night, or first thing in the morning. Praying at night gives you the opportunity to put before God those things that have happened during the day. Praying in the morning gives you the chance to lay before God the things that will happen during the day, whether planned or unplanned. I have found it better to pray when I am not tired, so for me praying in the morning currently works.
Notice from the verse from Psalms quoted above that the writer mentions ‘… you hear my voice …’ and ‘… I lay my requests before you …’ Prayer should not be all about requests. Worshipping God in prayer is important. Asking God about things that concern you is also important. The key is to get the balance right.
The verse above ends with the unusual statement that after praying the writer ‘… waits expectantly.’ Waiting for what? An answer of course! Waiting how? Expectantly! Expecting an answer! Excitedly waiting for the answer!