Teaching your children some bedtime prayers is a great way to get them to enjoy this quiet time speaking with the Lord before nighttime. Here is a look at some of the most popular and simple bedtime prayers for toddlers that rhyme.
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
“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
“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.”
“How we praise and thank You for the precious little lives of all new-born babies, little toddlers and young children, knowing that each one is special to You and was known in Your heart, even before conception.
Thank You that You have scheduled every day of each little life.. and we praise and thank You for the special plans and purposes You have for every single new-born child – for all babies and infants.
We pray Your loving protection over all babies and their families and pray that many may be brought up to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Give parents and grandparents and all those that are in any way connected with young babies the wisdom and grace to care for them in a loving and secure environment.
Guard and protect, guide and provide for each innocent little baby and protect their the hearts and minds from a society that has grown far from the God Who created them and sent His Son to die – so that they might life – this we ask in Jesus name,
“How we praise and thank You for our precious little baby and all the joy that he/she has brought us, and so Father, into Your hands we commit our precious little one and pray that You grace and love would surround him/her and that You would keep him in good health and strength and protect from him from the diseases and illnesses that can be so troubling for a young child
We pray not only for physical health and strength and a strong, healthy body but also for mental well-being and emotional stability.
But also Father we bring before You the spiritual well-being of our precious child. We pray that he would grow up learn to know and love the Lord Jesus personally and come to accept Him as Saviour.
Lord we pray that You would endow this little one with health in every area of his development and thank You for what You are going to do in his life – and we will give You all the praise and glory. This we ask in Jesus name,
You made me,
To jump for joy,
To sing happy songs,
To run fast,
To climb high,
To spin and twirl.
You made me
To dance with excitement,
To clap with thanks,
To laugh lots,
To shout loud,
To be a brilliant me!”
Here is a great lullaby of bedtime prayers. This is a great collection of prayers that will help encourage your child to give thanks to Him and receive blessings before bedtime.
Being a parent can drive you to pray often, for yourself and your child.
You know your precious toddler is a gift from God and you only want the best for him. You know he will make mistakes along the way and face challenges in his life, so you feel a strong desire to pray for him. You find that need especially strong when he gets on your last nerve or when he’s sick. The time you spend on your knees for him is worth every minute as you place him in God’s loving hands.
- Take time to get still before God. Quiet your heart and release the problems of the day. Don’t be surprised of your darling toddler interrupts your prayer time, unless you pray while he’s asleep. If he does come to you, invite him to stay and pray with you. There is nothing wrong with him knowing that you pray for him on a regular basis.
- Address God with an attitude of gratitude. Acknowledge this child as a blessing in your life and thank God for the privilege of being his parent. Ask for God’s wisdom and guidance to be the best parent you can be so he can grow up to meet his full potential.
- List the specific concerns you have for your toddler. Ask God to help him grow strong and wise in the ways of the Lord. Pray that God will guard his mind and heart against the evil in the world and the things that tempt him to do what he knows is wrong. Petition God to protect him from those who would hurt him or lead him down the wrong paths.
- Pray for his teachers and others who touch his life. Ask that they also be led by God so they offer healthy examples and capable leadership in his life. Thank God for each of these individuals and ask God to bless them so they can bless your toddler.
- Ask for any needs your family has that will impact your child. For example, you might pray for more patience with him or the provisions you need to meet all of his needs. Thank God for all of the blessings you already have and for the wisdom to be good stewards with those blessings.
- Close your prayer with a heart-felt “Amen” and the knowledge that God hears you when you pray. If your toddler joined you during your prayer time, ask him if wants to talk to God, too, and let him offer any prayers he wants, no matter how silly or simple. Don’t rush him. He needs to know that God listens to his prayers just like he listens to yours.
- Tell your toddler to fold her hands together and bow her head. Have her repeat after you, “Dear God, thank you for this day.”
- Tell her to say, “God, I’m thankful for...” She should list the things and people she is thankful for, such as “Mommy and Daddy, my dog, my teacher…” This may take a while, as she will likely not want to forget anyone or anything important.
- Suggest that she tell God anything that she wants or needs. If her needs are small and minor compared to yours, let her continue with her list without laughing, even if she asks God for things you find amusing. God doesn’t mind.
- Prompt her to finish by saying, “Thank you, God, for taking care of me. Amen.” Praise her efforts and repeat frequently until she doesn’t need your prompting to pray.
These five words can help teach your toddler what the Catholic faith is all about. Plus, a five-word prayer for bedtime.
Teaching a toddler to pray can be difficult when we are so used to using words for prayer. By one year old, they may have the ability to imitate a few words and understand what they mean. By two, some can string along a simple sentence. This can also make it hard to teach our young children the beauty of the Catholic faith.
The five words that follow can help teach your child the fundamentals of the faith and form the basis of a simple prayer your child can say before bed every night.
Five Simple Words
Jesus: Jesus is the person at the center of our faith, and to whom your child may find it easiest to pray. When your child knows the word Jesus, they can learn all that he stands for—redemption, forgiveness, love, sacrifice, heaven—without being able to say the words. It also gives them someone tangible to pray to.
God: Not only is God relatively easy for most toddlers to say, but it’s the second piece of the puzzle in understanding who God is. Perhaps the most valuable reason for your child to learn the word God is because he is Jesus’ father—a relationship that most children readily understand. Knowing the relationship between God and Jesus opens up a whole new dynamic of our faith.
Love: Love is the most important theme of our faith. It is the motivation for Christ’s sacrifice, the basis for our morality, and why God created us. Love permeates every moment of our existence. By learning the word love, your toddler will not only be able to communicate their love for you, but can start to understand the great love that God has for them.
Sorry: Forgiveness and repentance are necessary for a world in which we continually hurt God and hurt each other. Learning sorry will not only help your child apologize to others, but will help them have a right attitude toward sin—rather than ignoring it or justifying it, your child can learn from an early age that they should apologize for their transgressions. This can also help even a toddler say a simple act of contrition: “Jesus, I’m sorry.”
Amen: Amen is a versatile word and fun to say. Have your kids shout it excitedly! It means many things, but is always a passionate affirmation of belief. When your child can say Amen, you have a way get them excited about praying, and since it ends nearly every prayer, its a way they can participate without knowing a lot of words.
Getting in a routine of saying bedtime prayers can help sustain your child’s prayer life as they grow older. When they’re young, you may have them kneel next to you and follow along as you pray. Once they can say a few words, though, try saying this simple prayer:
“Jesus, I love you. Amen.”
It is simple, but it says all a little one needs to say. With just these five words, your toddler can start cultivating a life of prayer and a relationship with Jesus.
What words does your toddler know to help her pray? What prayers do you say before bed?