(From Chapter 7)…to undertake a devout life, you must not only forsake sin itself, but also cleanse your heart from all affections to sin.  (From Chapter 8)   (pray) in the morning, which is the most proper time for all spiritual exercises…  (An Introduction to the Devout Life)

St. Francis is counseling us to pray in the morning, to get our prayers done early and have no excuses that we got too busy during the rest of the day.