There’s no limit as to how many times we should pray in a day. There’s also no specific time required to pray to God. However, each and every one of us has his or her preferences when it comes to praying. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you were able to have a personal conversation with God.
Nonetheless, if you ask me, my favorite time to pray is before I sleep. Why? It allows me to look back on the day that has passed and it makes me reflect better. I pray about what happened, my worries, the challenges I overcame that day, how thankful I am and more importantly, how I look forward to better things the next day.
So today, I’d like to share with you 5 bedtime prayers that you and your family can share before sleeping. Here they are:
1. A Child’s Bedtime Prayer
This prayeris perfect for the little ones who are still learning about our Lord God. The prayer uses simple rhymes, which I’m sure your little one will master without a hitch.
A Child’s Bedtime Prayer
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take. If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways.
Father, unto thee I pray,
Thou hast guarded me all day; Safe I am while in thy sight, Safely let me sleep tonight. Bless my friends, the whole world bless; Help me to learn helpfulness; Keep me every in thy sight; So to all I say good night.
2. A Short Protection Prayer
Evil things are everywhere which is why we must be persistent and consistent when it comes to asking God and his angels to protect our family. It is only through Himthat we can find comfort and peace of mind that we will indeed be safe and protected in God’s hands.
The evening comes, the day is done. Let peace wash over my household throughout the dark of night and in the few still hours of the next morning. Wipe away our troubles. Cleanse us of worry and doubt. Through You, may Your magnificent good be our protection forever more.
3. A Family’s Prayer
One of the best feelings in the world is to pray together with your family, whether it’d be before meals, after bible study or before going to sleep. I’ve always believed in the saying that “a family that prays together, stays together.” There’s this extra special comfort you feel when you see each other professing faith and love to God all at the same time. Share this Good Night Prayer to your family tonight.
Good Night Prayer
You bless us as we rest
Restore us as we sleep
You care for us as we drift off
And make our dreaming sweet
You are the safest place
You are the God of Grace
Forgiven, loved and held by you
Is each small seed of faith
You know our thoughts and feelings
You see our deep desires
You understand our weariness
And catch each tear we cry
You walk beside us every day
You are a constant friend
You stay with us all through the night
On you we can depend
4. A Thankful Prayer
At the end of everyday, what we should never forget to do is thank God for all the blessings he has given us. Actually, we should also thank him for the not-so good things that happened because these things happen for a reason. I really like this Thankful Prayer and I hope your family will include this prayer in your prayer routine too.
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
5. A Prayer for Sleepless Nights
There are nights when we really can’t sleep. Our worries and anxious thoughts take over our minds and it makes our hearts restless. If you always experience this before going to bed, I suggest you try this prayer to calm your heart, mind and spirit.
A PRAYER FOR WHEN I CAN’T SLEEP
I can’t sleep.
I’m tossing and turning. Again.
I’m so thankful You never grow weary
And You never sleep.
I’m thankful that You are here with me right now,
Even when my mind won’t stop churning…
And my head won’t stop spinning.
Even when I know that worrying gets me nowhere
And my heart needs to rely on You.
I need You- the Good Shepherd-
Because counting sheep just doesn’t work.
Would you comfort my heart as only You can?
Will you rescue me from my own spiral of thoughts?
For I know that when I rest in You,
peace like a river overflows my soul and
I can praise You in advance for sweet rest.
When our day comes to an end, let’s not forget what really matters the most–praying to our Lord Jesus Christ. Let Him take away your worries, strengthen your heart to overcome troubles and encourage you to look forward to more purposeful days ahead.
How to Better Close Each Day In Peace
Carlos Cardoso Aveline
Prayers are never used in theosophy to ask for personal favours. Instead, they express active decisions and commitments which the individual makes with himself. An effective prayer consists of clear and well-defined thoughts. It helps organize one’s own will and is based on the philosophical principles of self-knowledge, self-respect and self-responsibility. It is helpful when used to begin something, and also in closing and completing any period of activity. The way things finish is as important as the manner they start. The end of a week, the close of a month and the last days of a year constitute occasions to evaluate what was done and how. Lessons must be extracted, and the decision renewed to do one’s best. Everything is cyclic. Life evolves in spirals: the last step of each phase prepares the first step in the phase that follows. The final thoughts before sleeping influence more than just the quality of one’s sleep and dreams. They help determine the substance of the awakening in next morning. It is correct, therefore, to direct them in a conscious and creative way, with a sense of responsibility regarding the effects which they will provoke. A prayer is a way to set a direction for consciousness in the exact moment of transition into rest. How to Improve the Quality of Sleep The 24 hours cycle is an indivisible whole: the quality of sleep is determined by one’s consciousness in the waking state. The wider context of one’s daily life must therefore be examined and improved. It is a healthy habit to sleep early. In the hours previous to physical rest, one should avoid stressful activities or thoughts which involve emotional conflict. One must get up in the right time and proper way at the beginning of each journey. Fulfilling one’s duty during the day makes it easier to sleep involved in a soul-level atmosphere of confidence and relaxation, and correct action naturally tends to occur if one combines noble intentions with personal detachment and a sharp discernment of right and wrong. The Prayer Before Going to Sleep can be said with contemplative pauses which will have a varying duration. The moments of silence must be as long as they are useful for the practitioner. The right measure must be sensed. Their duration will be potentially different at each new practice: pauses can be made in different points according to the significance of one idea or other in the closing of each particular day. It is correct to record ideas and commentaries in the margins of the paper where the prayer was printed. The practice of saying the word AUM (pron. “OM”) is a way to evoke the law of universal harmony. The “holy word” of the Eastern tradition must be pronounced in a selfless and altruistic state of mind; otherwise; it would harm the practitioner, and perhaps severely so. The AUM can be pronounced for some four to five seconds. Surprisingly to some, the end of the sound must be quick, not prolonged. Among other effects, the sound of the AUM expands serenity. Those who love each other may want to practice the following prayer together. A Prayer Before Going to Sleep 2) It’s the time to rest now, and I decide to conclude in peace the small incarnation that I had today. I say thanks to every part of my physical body, for the work faithfully done. I’m grateful to each cell of this body. Free from objective tasks, I accept the presence of happiness in my heart. 3) I now renounce to all desire. Tiredness is welcome. I experience serenity. I know I am a part of the universal law, and the law is my refuge. 4) Here and now, the point of balance in my being consists in the feeling of self-respect and respect for all beings. Love is like the light of the Sun and the stars. It guides each living being. Through universal love one finds the happiness of peace. 5) I call upon my higher self, my guardian angel, the inner master of each day. He made me be born. He guides me every time I can hear his voice. His voice flows above the plane of reality where words exist. 6) The voice of my Master, my soul’s voice, is the voice of the sacred Silence. I am a vehicle of the immortal aura which surrounds and inspires me. In this aura I live. I find peace in it. Its harmony is eternal and it is alive here and now. It protects me. 7) Om… Shanti. Peace. See the text “How to Start the Day”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline, which can be found at our associated websites. After a few weeks (or months) of a daily practice in which one reads the text in paper, it is correct to evoke the inner and living spirit of this prayer, that is, the mental state it produces. Even so, it will be necessary to come back to reading the text from time to time. On the role of the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline. Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through Amazon Books.