Goodnight prayer for child

Ending your day with prayer is a wonderful way to let go of stress and find peace before falling asleep. No matter what you faced today, talking to God through goodnight prayers will renew your faith. Evening prayer also helps you see all the good things that happened in your day that you have to be thankful for!

Share these nine bedtime and evening prayers with your children, spouse and friends so they too can fall asleep feeling blessed and thankful! 

Goodnight Prayer for Blessings

Bless us with rest tonight, Jesus, and a good night’s sleep. Forgive us for the things we did today that did not honor you. Thank you for loving us so much and that you know us through and through. We need your help every day, and we thank you for the strength you give and for helping us know that with you, even hard things are possible. Bless our family and our home, and keep us safe through the night. May your angels guard us and watch over us, just like you promised.

You’ve told us we are just like sheep. And that you lead us and guard us like a shepherd. You know our names, and you make us feel special and loved. When we hurt, you help us feel better. Thank you, Jesus, for your good care and for giving us to help. Thank you for the Bible, and for teaching us stuff in life that helps us grow. Bless the people in our world, and help them to know you love them, too. Thank you for all the people who help us so much: teachers, doctors, policeman, and fireman—and so many more.

Thank you for your good plan for our lives. Help us to obey you and love you more and more. When we awake in the morning, put a smile on our face and your purpose in our hearts, ready to start a new day. We love you, Jesus. Good night. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen. ~ ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

A Bedtime Prayer to Stop an Anxious Heart

Dear Lord, please help me trust You and empower me through Your Spirit to stop my emotions from bossing me around. I want to quit worrying about what might happen and focus on what has already happened by remembering and praising You for Your faithfulness in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Renee Swoop

Giving Thanks Evening Prayer

Dear God, we thank you tonight for the good day and for the special way you take care of us all the time. Thank you for the fun times outside and the quiet times inside, and for helping us learn new things every day.

Thank you for creating us special, exactly the way you wanted. Thank you for protecting us throughout the day. Forgive us for the wrong things we do. Thank you for loving us even when we disobey or try to do things our way. Help us to always choose your way, God, because it’s always best. We pray for all the people who don’t know you, and that they will come to understand your love for them, too.

Bless our family and thank you for good times together and apart. Bless our friends and those we love, including our grandparents, our aunts and uncles and cousins. Thank you for our home and a place to sleep and good food to eat. Help us rest well, give us peaceful dreams, and send your angels around our home to protect us throughout the night. Teach us to trust you and to love you more and more. You are good; you are great; and you are faithful, God. And we love you. Good night. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

goodnight prayer for child

A Short Night-time Prayer (2 Timothy 1:7)

For God’s not given me a spirit of fear, 
But a spirit of love, 
and of power, and a sound mind,
To live each day and glorify his name. 

Popular Child’s Bedtime Prayer, 18th Century

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.

Alternative Version for Children:
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
Watch and guard me through the night,
and wake me with the morning light.

A Beautiful Prayer to End the Day

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.

For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord.

Forgive me for any foolish actions on my part today or things I did without first asking your blessing or wisdom. Those are moments I’d rather forget, but I’m so grateful for your forgiveness when I ask. I never want to go to bed without clearing the air between us, Lord. Our friendship means too much, and your holiness deserves that. Thank you for loving me just as I am. Your love compels me to give you my all and fills my heart with praise for the relationship we share because of Jesus.

As I close my eyes tonight, I’m praying for loved ones around me, for friends and those who need to know you, Lord. I’m praying that your love, like the billions of stars in the night sky outside, will touch them and help them see who you really are. I pray for our world and those in it. I pray for their needs as well as my own.

Grant me a good night’s sleep tonight, God, so that I can awake refreshed and ready to begin another day loving you. Thank you again for blessings so undeserved and too numerous to count. I love being your child, and I long for the word “faithful” to describe my service to you, each day of every year. When I awake in the morning, may it be with a joyful smile, not a grumpy spirit. May your protection and your presence bathe this place with peace and safety against the enemy. Good night, Lord. In Jesus’s name, Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

goodnight prayer for child

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

Bedtime Prayer (song by Twila Paris)

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray dear Lord that you will keep
Your eyes upon this sleeping world
Every little boy and girl

Bless the children far away
The ones who don’t know how to pray
Those who are not feeling well
The little one the slipped and fell

Bless the puppy down the street
The neighbors I have yet to meet
Bless my mom and dad especially

Just one more thing I’d like to say
Before I close another day
I’d like to thank you Lord for all the ways
That You bless me

Bless the child whose home is torn
The babies who are not yet born
Bless the ones who take your word
To all the hearts that have not heard

Bless all your children everywhere
I hope they know how much you care
Maybe someday I can go
And tell them that You love them so

Bless Grandma and my Grandpa too
And all my friend and all they do
Bless every twig upon my family tree

Just one more thing I’ll say to you
I’m so amazed by all you do
I’ll thank you once again because it’s true
That you bless me

The Examen (Evening Reflection)

Written by St. Ignatius Loyola, the Examen is a daily process for prayerfully reflecting on your day. 

1. Remember God’s presence.
Even after a trying day, God will quiet your soul as you remember His presence and intentionally seek to enter into it. Remember He’s with you. Invite Him to make Himself present to you. 

2. Respond to Him with thanks.
Giving thanks gives God glory and helps us look on the bright side of a bad day. What small blessings can you thank God for?

3. Reflect on how God showed Himself to you.
God reveals himself through scripture, but we also see glimpses of him in nature, events, and people. Sometimes He shows up loudly through miraculous, divine intervention. Other times He shows Himself quietly through the beauty of a flower or an earnest conversation. As you look back over your day, can you identify moments where you sensed God’s revelation or intervention? 

4. Repent of your failings.
I don’t like recognizing my own sin, but repentance is key to continual renewal in our relationship with God.As you reflect on your day, remember specific points where you failed. Bring your shortcomings before God and ask Him to forgive you.  

5. Resolve to grow. 
God is in the business of changing us, so don’t let your failings discourage or define you. His mercies are always new. Accept His forgiveness. Ask Him for grace to change. Is there anything you need to make right or anyone you need to apologize to? What can you do differently tomorrow?

Do you have a favorite goodnight prayer you use at bedtime? One that your parents taught you or that you are teaching your children? Share it with our community in the comments below!

goodnight prayer for child

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HUSH! my dear, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed!
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently falling on thy head.

How much better thou’rt attended
Than the Son of God could be,
When from heaven He descended
And became a child like thee!

Soft and easy is thy cradle:
Coarse and hard thy Saviour lay,
When His birthplace was a stable
And His softest bed was hay.

See the kinder shepherds round Him,
Telling wonders from the sky!
Where they sought Him, there they found Him,
With His Virgin Mother by.

See the lovely babe adressing;
Lovely infant, how He smiled!
When He wept, the Mother’s blessing
Soothed and hush’d the holy child.

Lo, He slumbers in His manger,
Where the horned oxen fed:
Peace, my darling; here’s no danger,
Here’s no ox anear thy bed.

Isaac Watts

God Made You

God made you special,
This I know
He gave you to me
To watch you grow.
With a kiss on the cheek
And a hug just for you
You are my everything
This much is true.

God made you special,
My little one
I pray you keep your eyes
Looking up towards the sun.
You were created
With a purpose in mind
God made you special,
One of a kind.

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Good Enough

God wants me to be myself
For He created me this way,
And since God made me who I am,
Myself I’m quite content to stay.

In His eyes I’m good enough –
It matters not what others say;
I need not act as if I’m tough
Or copy other children’s ways.

God doesn’t care if I’m not cool –
If I’m not stronger; thinner;
In His hands I am a tool
To reach out to another sinner.

Though I am still young and small
In Jesus Christ I’m strong and tall;
So when people look at me
May it be God’s own Son they see.

Belinda van Rensburgs

Two Little Brothers

Two littler brothers, as different as day and night
They love to play together, oh what a sight!

God created each with a purpose and plan
In hopes of both becoming a Godly gentleman.

They grow oh so quick, time continues on
One-day greater heights these brothers will take upon.

But for now, this mommy will love on her boys
Enjoying the little things, the noise and the toys.

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Bless the Father

Dearest God,
thank You for giving us
joy and love.
You have given us children
that gives us all we need
Happiness and joy
through all our days.

Bless Your name
and all your works
for without You
we will live in sadness
and madness will be with us.

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A Child Is Known By His Doings

Children, listen to this bit of advice.
In all your dealings, be kind and nice.
“Even a child is known by his doings,” you see,
So try to be as good as you can be.

Nobody approves of a child who is bad,
And it also makes your parents feel sad.
People may call you “imp” or even “brat”.
I’m sure your parents won’t like that.

Children, behave the best that you can
And grow into a lovable lady or man.
People then will say you are so kind,
And you’re the best friend one can find.

Just make your work pure and make it right,
And try to serve God with all your might.
You’re known by your doings, Scriptures say,
So be on your best behavior each day.

Margaret Cagle

Pray Today

Before each day remember to pray,
that we be safe at play.
Pray at night, for it is right,
then sleep within God’s light.
All through the day, remember pray,
Jesus will guide each day.

Roger W Hancock

As You Grow

As you grow,
May our Heavenly Father
Guide you through,
Pouring down His blessings
Over you.

As you grow,
May you experience love
And know that your life
On Him is depending.

As you grow,
May each breath
That you take
Be filled with the wonder
That only God can make.

As you grow,
Always be thankful for
Blessings unfolding,
Give Him your best
For your life He is still molding.

Footprints in the Sand

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand:
one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him
he looked back, at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:
“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:
“My son, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you,
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

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Newborn Baby

What a wonderful blessing
Sent from Heaven above,
A baby to cherish
Filling your heart with love.

May your sweet little one
Bring your life much pleasure,
Brightening your world
A tiny bundle to hold and treasure.

The wonder of babies
So precious and sweet
Created by God,
Tiny hands and feet.

Such a bundle of joy
For all to adore,
Who in this world
Could ever ask for more!

A Child’s Goodnight Prayer

As I lay down my head
All tucked in my bed
I send up a prayer
To God, this I share.

Thank you for my Mommy,
Thank you for my Daddy
Thank you for my friends
And their love that never ends.

Thank you, God, for eyes that see
And for a life that I can be free.
Thank you, Lord, for ears to hear
And for your word that I hold dear.

Thank you for my feet to walk,
Thank you for my mouth to talk.
Thank you for the warm sunshine,
Thank you, Lord, for being mine.

Before I end this prayer with ‘amen’,
I would like to ask you again.
To watch over all of those I love
And send down your blessings from up above.


Give the Children Love

Children in the streets,
children in houses,
give them love,
give them a true home.

They are gifts of the Lord
to every parent on earth.
They are precious little ones
who love with a big heart.

Give them love,
give them a home.
For they deserve a life
they can call their own.

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Bless the Little Ones

The smallest voice
with the biggest hearts
pray to the Lord Most High.

Bless them, Father,
for they know what they want.
They want your glory.

With all their hearts,
they pray hard,
to heal the sick.

To save the ones
who need help
in the snares of the dark.

Bless the little ones
for they have
the purest of hearts
that we all yearn to have.

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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!


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


Updated on January 20, 2019


“Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!” Wait, what? We say this to kids just before they go to sleep? It might sound cute, that is, until you actually think about it.

Like many of the lullabies and nursery rhymes we grew up with, It’s a really horrible, ugly, nightmare-inducing thing to say to a child, no?

Surely there has be be something a little nicer to say to someone just before they drift off into a world of complete vulnerability. Simply saying “goodnight” is so boring, and even “sweet dreams” is pretty played out these days.

Here, we are going to focus on cute ways to say goodnight; none of that nasty bedbug stuff!

Source Cute Ways to Say Goodnight to Children

  • Say a child’s bedtime prayer: If you’re not familiar, one of the more common versions go like this: 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.
  • Sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”: Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.
  • Wish upon a star: Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. After you say this together, have the child make a wish upon a star and then close their eyes until morning for the wish to “come true.”
  • Count sheep: One, two, three, I count the sheep, while I close my eyes and sleep. From time to time, kids will have a hard time falling asleep. This way of saying goodnight leaves them with a self-help method to aid them in drifting off into dreamland.
  • Bedtime stories: Break open the child’s favorite storybook and read a story or two, tuck them in, and don’t leave the room without a goodnight kiss!
  • Let them know you’re always there: I’ll always be here to tuck you in tight. A hug, a kiss, and say goodnight! And when there comes the morning light, I’ll still be here when you rise and shine!

What’s your favorite bedtime story? More Cute Bedtime Sayings for Kids

  • “Nighty Night.”

  • “Go to bed, you sleepy head!”

  • “Don’t make me get the tickle monster!”

  • “Sleep tight!”

  • “Sleep snug as a bug in a rug!”

  • “Time to ride the rainbow to dreamland!”
  • “Goodnight, my little prince/princess!”
  • “Don’t forget to say your prayers!”
  • “Goodnight, the little love of my life!”
  • “Lights out!”
  • “See ya’ in the mornin’!”
  • “I’ll be right here when you wake up.”
  • “I’ll be dreaming of you!”
  • “Dream of Mama/Papa!”
  • “Jesus loves you, and so do I!”
  • “Sweet dreams.”
  • “It’s bedtime; now get to bed!”

Source Cute Ways to Say Goodnight to Your Significant Other

  • Send a text message: Even if you just got off the phone from saying goodnight, send a quick, sweet message to give them one final thing to look at before they go to sleep.
  • Hide a love note somewhere: Whether you sneak it into their pocket, under their car seat, or under their pillow (ideal placement), when you say goodnight, let them know where to look for a sweet note!
  • Give a good massage: Saying goodnight while making someone feel great physically is such a wonderful way to send someone off to slumberland.
  • Who can be the last to say goodnight? We are all familiar with this one and it’s cute once in a while. One of you will eventually cave. Who will it be?
  • Pillow fight! Not only is this a fun, cute way for a couple to say goodnight, but you are both certain to get tired out enough to fall asleep, just don’t break anything!
  • Goodnight kisses: “Open your arms and close your eyes, and you will get a big surprise!” When they comply, throw yourself into their arms and give them the best goodnight kiss, everk

More Cute Bedtime Sayings for Significant Others

  • “Goodnight, sexy!”

  • “Always and forever!”

  • “You’re the most wonderful husband/wife in the whole world!”

  • “I’ll be dreaming of your face!”

  • “I’m so lucky to have you Sweetheart!”
  • “I love you to the stars and back!”

  • “I’ll dream of you tonight and see you tomorrow, my love.”
  • “You’re my dream come true!”

  • “I can’t imagine myself with anyone else!”
  • “If you need me, you know where to find me.”
  • “Love you with all my heart.”

  • “I’m yours, forever and always.”
  • “Goodnight, the love of my life!”
  • “Lookin’ good in those pj’s!”
  • “I’d be lost without you!”
  • “In your arms, is my favorite place in the world!”
  • “Dream about me!”
  • “You make me so happy!”
  • “Can’t wait to wake up next to you!”
  • “You’re my best friend.”
  • “I hope you know how much I love you!”

Saying Goodnight

Now that you have learned a few cute ways to say goodnight, it’s time to break away from the traditional “goodnight” and try something new.

Whether you establish a routine, or find a simple way to say goodnight, make it special to you and the other person involved; after all, this is a personal and special time.

Think about how big of a privilege it is to be the last person seen by the person going to bed; you are likely setting the mood for the rest of their night!

Saying goodnight in different ways can become a fun game between you and your children or you and your significant other; and who knows? It might even inspire sweet dreams!

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