Throughout history, bedtime prayer has been an essential part of Christian tradition. It’s a way to pause and reflect before going to sleep, acknowledging our dependence on God’s grace and presence throughout our days.
However, with the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, it can be challenging to find the energy to pray at the end of the day.
If you’re struggling to find the words for your bedtime prayers, written prayers can be incredibly helpful. From ancient to modern times, the Christian faith has a wealth of prayers that have helped believers throughout history.
Below, we’ve gathered a collection of bedtime prayers for different purposes, such as protection, peace, rest, trust, and thanksgiving.
We hope these prayers will help you find comfort, peace, and a good night’s sleep.
Nighttime prayer for protection
Almighty God, You are the source of light and truth. As I lay down to sleep, I ask for Your protection. Shield me with Your goodness and cast Your radiant light upon me. Reign over all, majestic King, and slay all the shadows around me with Your love. Prince of Peace, lift your arms of strength to cover me through the night. Amen.
Nighttime prayer for peace
Father, I entrust my worries and troubles to You. Help me to find rest in the empty cross, where I can reflect upon Your resurrection and the moment when love overcame. Transform my life with Your love, and guide me through the night. Nothing is outside Your redeeming love, and I trust You to light my path and guide my life. Amen.
Bedtime prayer for rest
Great Father, as I lay down to sleep, I ask for Your peace and relaxation. Calm the restlessness of my mind and still the thoughts that worry and perplex me. Help me to rest myself and all my problems in Your loving arms. Speak to my mind and heart while I sleep, so that when I wake up in the morning, I find that I have received light for my way, strength for my tasks, peace for my worries, and forgiveness for my sins. Grant me sleep tonight and the power to live tomorrow.
Bedtime prayer for when you’re afraid
Holy Spirit, I ask that You encircle me and hold me safe and secure. Guide my thoughts and calm my fears. Steady my emotions, Lord, and sustain my soul with a vision for the future and hope for tomorrow. Amen.
Nighttime prayer to acknowledge dependence on God
Father, I acknowledge that I am totally and utterly dependent upon You. I need sleep to refresh me, and ultimately, I need You to revive me. When I try to live on my own, it results in heartache, but when I live in dependence on You, I receive grace and mercy. As I go to sleep, I proclaim my total dependence upon You. Allow me to wake refreshed in the morning, sustained by Your grace and love.
Nighttime prayer of trust
Father, before I go to sleep, I entrust all my worries and troubles to You. I trust You with the big things and the little things, happy things and the hard things. I trust You to deliver me out of evil and to lead me into paths of righteousness. You are my hope, my help, and the lifter of my head. Because You are good, I proclaim my trust in You.
Bedtime prayer of thanks
Dear God, as I lay down to sleep tonight, I want to take a moment to thank you for everything that you have blessed me with today. Thank you for the air that I breathe, for the food that nourished me, and for the water that quenched my thirst. Thank you for the roof over my head, the warmth of my bed, and the clothes on my back. Thank you for the love of my family and friends, for the experiences I had today, and for the lessons I learned.
As I close my eyes and drift off to sleep, I ask that you watch over me and protect me through the night. Give me restful sleep and fill my dreams with positive thoughts and experiences. Help me to wake up tomorrow with renewed energy and enthusiasm to tackle whatever the day may bring.
Thank you, God, for your love and your blessings. Amen.
Bedtime prayer with children
Thank you for this day and for all the good things we did and experienced. Please help us to remember the good moments and to learn from any mistakes we made.
Please watch over us as we sleep tonight and keep us safe. Give us peaceful dreams and help us to wake up refreshed and ready for a new day.
Bless our family and friends, and all those who need your love and care.
We love you, God.