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!
- 1 Goodnight Prayer for Blessings
- 2 A Bedtime Prayer to Stop an Anxious Heart
- 3 Giving Thanks Evening Prayer
- 4 A Short Night-time Prayer (2 Timothy 1:7)
- 5 Popular Child’s Bedtime Prayer, 18th Century
- 6 A Beautiful Prayer to End the Day
- 7 Father, We Thank Thee
- 8 Bedtime Prayer (song by Twila Paris)
- 9 The Examen (Evening Reflection)
- 10 Praying for peaceful sleep
- 11 Praying for a restful night
- 12 Types of prayers for a good sleep in a child
- 13 Prayer for the child to sleep better
- 14 Prayer for a good child’s sleep Angel to the Guardian of a child
- 15 Prayer for the child to sleep well at night, Matrona
- 16 Prayer for the improvement of children’s sleep, addressed to the seven holy Ephesian youths
- 17 Prayer for a quiet child’s sleep, addressed to the Theotokos and the Lord God
- 18 Prayer Reading for Improving Children’s Sleep
- 19 Reading a prayer, devised alone
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
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
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?
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Praying for peaceful sleep
Oh Heavenly Father, as I lay my head down to sleep, I ask for your comfort and strength. Ease my mind. Help me to let everything go, and leave it all in your hands. Give me peace that I may sleep without tossing and turning.
Encamp your angels around me, that no harm will come to me or my household. I cover each and every member of my household in the blood of Jesus.
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Praying for a restful night
Almighty God, bless my night, and bless the coming day. I’m so tired and anxious, burdened by the cares of the day. Lay your hand upon me and quiet my restless soul. Cradle me in your protective arms, dear Lord. Give me rest that tomorrow will be a very productive day.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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Refresh me fully and fill me with your joy, oh Heavenly Father. Wipe away my tears of today. I repent of my sins and look to your Holy Spirit for guidance and protection. In Jesus name, Amen!
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Psalm 46:1-2, 10-11 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear…Be still, and know that I am God…the Lord Almighty is with us.”
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Lord, thank you for this day and everything you sent with it. In the good times and the bad you are my unfailing rock, and I’m so grateful for You. Please forgive me for anything I may have done consciously or unconsciously that offended you or your people. My sole desire is to please you and serve you. As I walk out this life in your presence, help me press into you more deeply and follow you ever more closely until Christ is formed in me.
I also forgive and release anyone who offended me today. I speak blessings over them, their work, their family, and most of all—their walk with you, Lord. Please cleanse my heart of anything that displeases you as I pour out the truth and confess my sins before you.
Your Word says that You give your beloved rest, Lord, and I’m asking you now to minister rest and peaceful sleep to me this night. Holy Spirit please quiet my heart as I submit it to you and help me to quiet my mind. I ask that you would put my body in perfect alignment so that it can prepare for restorative sleep. I ask you Lord to cover, shield, and protect my dreams this night so I only have dreams from you.
Satan, I bind you, in the name of Jesus over my dreams and those of my household. We belong to the Lord Jesus—and I plead the blood of Jesus over us right now. Any spirit not belonging to the Most High God, I command you to leave this property right now, in Jesus’ name. This is a house of prayer, a house of worship, and a house belonging to the children of God.
Holy Spirit and Host of Heaven, I invite you into our midst to be with us and to remove everything that is not of God. Please minister to us and to protect us in all of our ways tonight.
As I rest, Lord, give me ideas, show me your plans, and reveal to my heart anything I need to know. I submit myself as your willing vessel and desire to follow your perfect will. In any area I may be unknowingly rebellious Lord, please deal with my heart and purify me. I am willing to be made willing in all things so that I don’t miss your plans and purposes for my life.
Lord, you are an awesome God and serving you is a treasure. I thank you for providing for me, healing me, redeeming me, and making me your own. You have done great things for me and, regardless of my circumstances, I will choose joy.
In the Almighty Precious Name of Jesus, I pray these things. Amen.
1. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
2. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
3. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
4. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.
5. I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
6. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
7. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
After the birth of a child, each mother is very strongfor him is going through, and her main desire is that the child has a sound sleep, was healthy and happy. Even if the baby is fast asleep, I want his dreams to be pleasant and cause only positive emotions. In the appeal of good dreams for the child, you can use various prayers.
Types of prayers for a good sleep in a child
What prayers will help the newbornthe baby slept well? It is worth noting that to date there are ten appeals to the Almighty, which are really considered to be the most effective for a quiet night for a baby. Under a good dream, it means that he will be strong, and dreams are colorful and kind.
Such prayers include:
- Prayer addressed to the seven holy Ephesian boys.
- Parents pray for the blessing of their children.
- A prayer addressed directly to the Angel of the Child’s Guardian.
- Prayer for the upbringing of children.
- Mother’s prayer aimed at blessing her child.
- Prayer for children.
- A prayer-petition for the healing of a child’s illness.
- Classical Prayer “Our Father”.
- Mother’s prayer about her children.
- Prayer addressed to the Matron.
As a rule, young children are very susceptible tovarious noise, so even a dog bark in the yard can wake up the crumbs. To strengthen the sleep of children, you can read some of these prayers. In addition to the above, there is one prayer aimed directly at ensuring that the baby sleeps better.
Prayer for the child to sleep better
There are many reasons whya small child can not fall asleep – noise, colic, teeth and other are being cut. Accordingly, if the child does not sleep, then the parents do not sleep, because it is simply impossible not to pay attention to the suffering of their own crumbs. Usually, if a baby has insomnia, he is immediately taken to the doctor, but there are situations when the doctor says that the child is absolutely healthy, just his sleep is hampered by some external factor. In this situation, the only salvation from insomnia for the child is prayer.
Prayer for the child to sleep better, reads as follows:
- “Jesus, Son of God, bless, sanctify, keep my child by the power of your life-giving Cross.”
After pronouncing these words, you need to cross the child. It is worth noting that prayer becomes more effective if the child is already baptized.
Prayer for a good child’s sleep Angel to the Guardian of a child
Some people believe that every personsince the birth there is an Angel Guardian. Therefore, if there are any problems with the child – illness, insomnia, it is best to seek help from the Guardian Angel. Some people associate this with the fact that God is one at all and simply unable to help everyone, but the Guardian Angel is responsible for only one person, so it is more likely that he will help.
Prayer to the Angel The guardian of the child, in order to sleep well, reads as follows:
- “Divine Angel, Guardian of my child (the name of the baby is indicated), hide it with your shield from the demon arrows, from the sugary seducer, save his heart clean and bright. Amen”.
The ideal option is if the child independently reads a prayer to the Guardian Angel.
Prayer for the child to sleep better, his Guardian angel from his own mouth should sound like this:
- “My protector, my Guardian Angel. Do not leave me in difficult moments, save me from evil and envious people. Hide me from hating people. Save me from the evil eye and spoilage. Have mercy on me. Amen”.
According to church officials, a prayer that sounds from the mouth of a child will have more power than it is from the mouth of the mother of the baby to the Angel of the Guardian.
Prayer for the child to sleep well at night, Matrona
According to the opinion of a large number of priests,if you have any problems with the health of the child (including the appearance of insomnia), you should immediately pray to St. Matrona. It is she who is considered to be a helper for a large number of questions. To enhance the effect of prayer, it is recommended to buy at least a small icon with the face of this Saint. And to protect your child from a bad eye, it is recommended to sew a piece of incense in his clothes, which will need to be changed periodically.
If the mother begins to observe the child’s problems with sleep, then you need to turn to the Holy Matrona with the following words:
- “Holy Matrona! I ask you, I conjure with all the maternal love, ask the Lord to give health to his slave (the name of the child is indicated). I ask you, Holy Matrona, do not be angry with me, but help me. Ask the Lord to give my child (the name of the child is indicated) strong health. Relieved of various ailments both in the body and in the soul. Take all kinds of diseases from his body. I ask, forgive me for all my sins as they were created according to my will, so they were not created according to my will. Say a prayer to the Lord about the health of my child (the name of the child is indicated). Only you, Holy Matron, can save my child from suffering. I’m hoping for you. Amen”.
Prayer for the improvement of children’s sleep, addressed to the seven holy Ephesian youths
Another effective prayer is for the child to sleep better, addressed to the seven holy Ephesian youths.
The words of prayer, as a rule, are pronounced by the mother, and sound as follows:
- “Oh, holy Ephesian children, praise to you and allThe Universe! Look from the heights of heaven to us, people who persistently honor your memory, and especially look at our children. Save them from disease, heal their bodies and souls. Keep their souls clean. We worship your holy icon, and we also sincerely love the Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen”.
Prayer for a quiet child’s sleep, addressed to the Theotokos and the Lord God
When a child has a knocked down schedule, andit is he who sleeps in the daytime, and not at night, then it is necessary to do something. To go to doctors is expensive, and they are unlikely to help in this situation. The best option is to cope on their own. Help in this case, the prayer for the night before the Mother of God and the Lord God. Prayer sounds like this:
- “Lord God, show your mercy on the childmy (name), save the child under his banner, hide from various temptations, drive away various enemies from him, close their evil eyes and ears, give them humility and kindness. Lord, we are all your creatures, please, save my child (the name is indicated), make him repent if there are sins with him. Save my child, Lord, let him understand his word, guide him to the right path. Thank you, Lord. “
This prayer for a child’s sleep helps not only to cope with the problem of insomnia in him, but also aims to save the purity of the child’s soul in adulthood.
Prayer Reading for Improving Children’s Sleep
Prayer for the night the child must beread from memory, if you do not know the words, address to the saints or to the Lord, then you can not wait for them from the ambulance (fast help comes only to sincere believers). During the pronunciation of the treatment you need to be in a calm emotional state and you need to constantly think about what you want to receive. If, at the time of the pronunciation of the prayer, a person does not really believe in the result, then it is better to postpone her utterance at a later time.
Required for assistance in improvingchildren’s dreams you need to ask for forgiveness for all your sins. This is due to the fact that between the mother and child stretches a thin thread, and therefore all the sins of the parent are reflected on the baby. If, when praying, the mother of a child sincerely repents of all her sins and mistakes, then the petition will necessarily respond.
Prayer for the night before going to sleep should be pronounced in a whisper and in the ear of the child. Such words can save a child from negatively colored dreams.
Reading a prayer, devised alone
It is important to note that when you address the Lord orother saints are not words, but sincerity. Prayer for sleeping a child can sound in your own words, most importantly, with faith and with all your heart. You do not have to be pretentious words, just state the request, repent of your sins and thank the Lord for listening to you.