An excerpt from Spurgeon’s Lectures To My Students:
How few of us could compare ourselves with Mr. Joseph Alleine, whose character I have mentioned before? “At the time of his health,” writes his wife, “he did rise constantly at or before four of the clock, and would be much troubled if he heard smiths or other craftsmen at their trades before he was at communion with God; saying to me often, ‘How this noise shames me. Does not my Master deserve more than theirs?'”
What a convicting thing to hear. Maybe people went to bed earlier then, but 4 am was still 4 am. How often does sleep cut into how much time I spend with the Lord? Too often. My Master deserves more.