Prayer of Thanks at Bedtime

Bedtime Prayer: Connecting, Submitting, Trusting God

Prayer of Thanks at Bedtime

Sleep and the bedtime prayer before sleep presents a unique opportunity for us to connect with God.

Maybe we had a good day. Maybe we had a bad day. Either way, bedtime prayer is an opportunity for us to reset, in a sense. To freshly connect with God. To properly align our hearts with God’s will before we go to sleep.

But sometimes we don’t know what to pray when it comes to bedtime prayer. Should we pray the Lord’s prayer? That’s certainly one solid option. But there are numerous other helpful ways we can pray before we go to sleep.

Here are 5 simple, profound bedtime prayers to align your heart with God before you go to sleep.

Bedtime Prayer #1: A Prayer of Dependence

I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me (Psalm 3:5)

Father, sleep is a reminder that I am totally and completely dependent upon you. I don’t have infinite strength. I cannot keep working indefinitely. I need sleep to refresh me. Ultimately, I need you to refresh me.

The truth is, I am a dependent creature. I am dependent on you to give me life and breath and strength. When I try to live on my own, it results in heartache. When I live in dependence on you, I receive grace and mercy.

So as I go to sleep, I want to proclaim my total dependence upon you. As I drift off to sleep, it’s a clear reminder that I am not in control. I need you. I need you to sustain me through the night, and I need you to sustain me through my life.

Please give me the grace of sleep. Give me the grace of strength. Allow me to wake refreshed in the morning.

I depend on you, my good and gracious Father. I trust you to sustain me and to wake me with fresh energy in the morning.

Bedtime Prayer #2: A Prayer of Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Father, many things have happened today. Some good, some bad, some hard, some joyful. Before I go to sleep, I want to entrust all these things to you. Honestly, there are many things I can’t figure out. Many circumstances that are confusing. Many situations that are just plain hard.

Even though I can’t figure out how all these things will work out, I know that you are good and I know that you will do good to me. Ultimately, I know that I can completely, 100% trust in you.

As I go to sleep, I declare that I trust in you. I trust you with the big things and the little things, with the happy things and the hard things. I trust you to deliver me evil and to lead me into paths of righteousness. You are my hope. My help. The lifter of my head.

I may not know how all things will work out, but you do, and because you are good I proclaim my trust in you.

Bedtime Prayer #3: A Prayer of Thanks

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…(Psalm 103:1-2)

Father, you have poured out so many mercies upon me today. To say that I am grateful is a staggering understatement. Thank you that Jesus himself has been praying for me all day. What an incredible blessing.

Thank you for providing abundant food and shelter for me. When I consider how many people don’t have even those most basic things, I can’t help but be filled with gratefulness.

Thank you for the many ways, known and unknown, that you protected me and guarded over my life, as well as the lives of my loved ones.

Thank you for giving me yet another day to live, to please you, and to glorify you. Every day I live is a glorious blessing.

Most of all, thank you that you have brought me into a relationship with you. That I am your child and that you delight in me. Thank you that through Jesus, all my sins are forgiven. Thank you that you are my Father and you delight to bless me. As I go to sleep, I want to express my joy and thankfulness.

Bedtime Prayer #4: A Prayer of Confession

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)

Father, before I go to sleep I want to confess my many sins to you. I have sinned in many ways today, both in omission and commission.

I have neglected to love my neighbor as you’ve called me to, and I have selfishly focused only on the things I desired. I have lusted after things you have forbidden while also not loving you I should. I’ve been impatient and angry, not merciful and not gracious.

For all my sins, please forgive me. I repent of them and ask you to help me change. I don’t want to sin. I don’t want to do the things that you forbid. So I ask that you would give me supernatural power to change and pursue you.

I thank you that in Christ, all my sins are indeed forgiven. Jesus himself has paid my debt. He is my savior, my hope, my righteousness. As I prepare for sleep, I put all my trust in Jesus Christ as my redeemer and savior. He alone is my hope, and he is a sure hope indeed.

Bedtime Prayer #5: A Prayer of Protection

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3).

Father, sleep is a reminder that I depend on you completely for protection. I cannot keep my heart beating or my lungs breathing throughout the night. I am totally dependent on you to sustain me and protect me. When I sleep, I am putting myself completely and fully in your hands.

Please protect me through the night, as well as those in my family. Keep us safe from Satan and his schemes. Keep our bodies working properly. Let us wake in the morning energized and in good health.

Thank you for the many ways you protected me through this day. Please continue that protection through the night. I entrust myself completely to you and your good, sovereign, almighty hands. Nothing can separate me from you or take me your good plans.

The God Who Gives Sleep

God is so good to give us sleep, isn’t he? Not only does it allow our bodies to recharge, but it also enables to freshly connect with our good, loving Father. Let me encourage you to make these bedtime prayers part of your nightly routine. Obviously, you don’t need to say them all every night, and you don’t need to say the, word for word.

But take the opportunity to freshly depend on God, entrust yourself to him, give thanks to him, confess your sins, and trust in him for protection.

May your sleep be sweet indeed.

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15 Daily Prayers for Children To Say At Bedtime and Morning

Prayer of Thanks at Bedtime

Teaching your children to speak to God in the morning and night will help to create a strong bond and relationship with their Lord and Savior. These great prayers for children to say at bedtime and morning provide some great examples to the types of prayers parents can share with their children.

Prayer #1

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

Prayer #2

For this new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends. For everything Thy goodness sends, We thank Thee, dearest Lord.

Amen.

Prayer #3

Now the light has gone away; Savior, listen while I pray. Asking Thee to watch and keep

And to send me quiet sleep.

Jesus, Savior, wash away All that has been wrong to-day; Help me every day to be

Good and gentle, more Thee.

Let my near and dear ones be Always near and dear to Thee. O bring me and all I love

To Thy happy home above.

Prayer #4

Lord, I have passed another day And come to thank Thee for Thy care. Forgive my faults in work or play And listen to my evening prayer. Thy favor gives me daily bread And friends, who all my wants supply: And safely now I rest my head,

Preserved and guarded by Thine eye.

Prayer #5

Lord, in the morning I start each day, By taking a moment to bow and pray. Beginning with thanks, I then give praise

For all your kind and loving ways.

Today if sunshine turns to rain, If a dark cloud brings some pain, I won’t doubt or hide in fear

For you, my God, are always near.

I will travel where you lead; I will help my friends in need. Where you send me, I will go;

With your help, I’ll learn and grow.

Hold my family in your hands, As we follow your commands. And I will keep you close in sight

Until I crawl in bed tonight.

Amen.

Prayer #6

Dear God, I thank Thee for this day. Wherever I go, Whatever I do and see, I want to spend

This day entirely with Thee.

Please, dear God, come into my heart, Our day together is already a’start. Bless me ever and ever again! I love Thee, dearest God.

Amen.

Prayer #7

Thank you for the world so sweet, Thank you for the food we eat, Thank you for the birds that sing, Thank you God for everything.

Amen

Prayer #8

Father, we thank thee for the night, And for the pleasant morning light; For rest and food and loving care,

And all that makes the day so fair.

Help us to do the things we should, To be to others kind and good; In all we do, in work or play,

To grow more loving every day.

Prayer #9

The day is done; O God the Son, Look down upon

Thy little one!

O Light of Light, Keep me this night, And shed round me

Thy presence bright.

I need not fear If Thou art near; Thou art my Savior

Kind and dear.

Prayer #10

Jesus, you are good and wise I will praise you when I rise. Jesus, hear this prayer I send Bless my family and my friends. Jesus, help my eyes to see All the good you send to me.

Jesus, help my ears to hear Calls for help from far and near. Jesus, help my feet to go In the way that You will show. Jesus, help my hands to do All things loving, kind, and true.

Jesus, guard me through this day In all I do and all I say.

Amen.

Prayer #11

Forgive, O Lord, for Thy dear Son The ill that I this day have done. That with the world, myself, and Thee

I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

Prayer #12

Now, before I run to play, Let me not forget to pray To God who kept me through the night And waked me with the morning light. Help me, Lord, to love Thee more Than I ever loved before, In my work and in my play

Be thou with me through the day.

Amen.

Prayer #13

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

Prayer #14

Be near me, Lord Jesus! I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to heaven To live with Thee there.

Amen

Prayer #15

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me: Bless Thy little child to-night; Through the darkness be Thou near me,

Keep me safe till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me, And I thank Thee for Thy care; Thou hast warmed me, clothed me, fed me;

Listen to my evening prayer.

May my sins be all forgiven; Bless the friends I love so well; Take me, Lord, at last to heaven.

Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Here is a great video from Pastor Rick Warren on how to bring out the best in your kids and others.

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10 Popular Bedtime Prayers

Prayer of Thanks at Bedtime

Here are 10 popular bedtime prayers to teach your children. Don’t use these prayers just to give your children something to say before going to bed. Help your children learn what these prayers mean and why we pray. Obviously, we can pray any time of the day, but having a set time where we teach our children to pray may help instill in them a lifetime habit of talking with the Lord.

I have attributed some of these prayers to their authors. If you know who the original author of the other prayers are, please include their names in the comments below. Or, if you know which book they originally appeared in, leave us a comment.

Don’t use these prayers just to give your children something to say before going to bed. Help your children learn what these prayers mean and why we pray.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Some people may find this prayer a little too heavy for little children, however it is probably one of the best-known prayers that children say at night.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

Now the Light has Gone Away

Now the light has gone away;
Savior, listen while I pray.
Asking Thee to watch and keep
And to send me quiet sleep.

Jesus, Savior, wash away
All that has been wrong to-day;
Help me every day to be
Good and gentle, more Thee.

Let my near and dear ones be
Always near and dear to Thee.
O bring me and all I love
To Thy happy home above.

The Day is Done

The day is done;
O God the Son,
Look down upon
Thy little one!

O Light of Light,
Keep me this night,
And shed round me
Thy presence bright.

I need not fear
If Thou art near;
Thou art my Savior
Kind and dear.

Forgive, O Lord

Forgive, O Lord, for Thy dear Son
The ill that I this day have done.
That with the world, myself, and Thee
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

Jesus, Tender Shepherd

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me:
Bless Thy little child to-night;
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast warmed me, clothed me, fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer.

May my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me, Lord, at last to heaven.
Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Our Father Who Art in Heaven

Our Father, Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

Lord, I have Passed Another Day

Lord, I have passed another day
And come to thank Thee for Thy care.
Forgive my faults in work or play
And listen to my evening prayer.
Thy favor gives me daily bread
And friends, who all my wants supply:
And safely now I rest my head,
Preserved and guarded by Thine eye.

Father, We Thank Thee

Father, we thank thee for the night,
And for the pleasant morning light;
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the day so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving every day.

Rebecca Weston – 1890

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

James Murry and John T. McFarland 1887

Abide With Me

Abide With Me is a song that was not written as a bedtime prayer, rather, as a farewell to this world. Henry F. Lyte was dying with tuberculosis in 1847. These beautiful words can be taught as a prayer full of great Bible teaching.

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;
But as Thou dwell’st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea,
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus bide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile;
And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Henry F. Lyte 1847

Do you have a favorite Bedtime prayer? Share it in the comments!

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