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Does praying at the wrong time count for anything? What does it accomplish? Sources, please.

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Yeah! It counts for a plenty of Berachot Levatala. – Hacham Gabriel Jan 18 '12 at 23:35
limmud hatorah for kriyas shenmah – simchastorah Jan 19 '12 at 0:43
@simchashatorah also remember, you have to understand what you are learning. – Hacham Gabriel Jan 19 '12 at 1:23
thats why you dont tell it to an am haaretz – simchastorah Jan 19 '12 at 2:02
@simchashatorah that's why you don't tell what to an am haaretz – Hacham Gabriel Jan 19 '12 at 2:20
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Gemara Brachos 26a says that כולי יומא מצלי ואזיל, עד חצות יהבי ליה שכר תפילה בזמנה, מכאן ואילך שכר תפילה יהבי ליה, שכר תפילה בזמנה לא יהבי ליה which means that you still get Sechar Tefila however you lost Sechar Tefila Bezmana.

However the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 108:1 says that once you miss the Zeman better to Daven twice Mincha.

Regarding Davening early it is best not to daven prior to Vasikin. However in times of great difficulty you may Daven as early as Misheyakir (Shulchan Oruch Orach Chaim 58:1). You may even start Davening before Misheyakir up to Yistabach and put on Talis and tefilin at Misheyakir.

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