Child night prayer

Night Prayer or Bedtime Prayers

Teaching our kids bedtime prayer is a wonderful tool for leading them into a relationship with Jesus and for initiating a lifestyle of dependence on God. A lot of children have fears of nightmares which can be prevented by always praying to God at night.  This also offers the opportunity to draw near to God and get to know Him more as a loving father who protects and comforts.

Bedtime prayer has the potential to instill in children certain values like prayer, trust, and thankfulness.

There are so many Bedtime Prayers out there and they are usually in the form of a poem so that children would be able to memorize them easily. Here are a couple:

Dear Daddy God in heaven

Thank you for this happy dayForgive me too dear AbbaFor bad things done I pray

Go tuck me now in Your embrace

All night watch over meAnd shower sweet dreams’til tomorrow  when I will rise again to play!

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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

Amen 

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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 like 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, like 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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