Don’t resort to supplication like medication you use only when ill or when a catastrophe befalls.
For fourteen years, ‘Abdoos prayed the morning (Fajr) prayer with the [same] wudhoo [as he had prayed] the ‘Ishaa [prayer]. And he was the epitome of humility.
Every day, my father would read a seventh [of the Qur.aan], and he would take a very light sleep after ‘Ishaa. He would then [awake and] stand [the night] in prayer and supplicate until the morning.
I have not eaten my fill for 16 years, except on one occasion; and [on that occasion] I placed my hand in my mouth and induced myself to vomit.