Have you ever found yourself putting the kids to bed at the end of a long day, wanting to come up with a great prayer, but just too exhausted to find the words? You know that praying to end the day, thanking God for all that was experienced, asking for rest and a fresh start tomorrow, is an important habit to build in your kids. So start here with these TWO simple examples!
Children’s Bedtime Prayer for Thanks & Blessing
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.
Bedtime Prayer for Kids Care & Protection
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 is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart. She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: October 29, 2015
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Are you one of the many Pagan parents raising kids in your spiritual tradition? Prayers are a way for us to give thanks to the gods of our pantheons, to thank the universe for getting us through another day, to count our blessings, and any other multitude of purposes. In many religions – not just Pagan faiths – parents encourage their children to say a prayer at bedtime.
Prayer and ritual is a good way to wrap up a busy day, and for a kiddo who may be stressed out or anxious at bedtime, there’s often a feeling of comfort and solace that comes along with a bedtime prayer. If you’re looking for Pagan bedtime prayers for the children in your life, try one of these.
Teaching children to pray often includes learning a few sample prayers by memory. This page lists a few that we recommend.
You should teach kids to pray using their own words, but these route prayers are powerful tools to help children build confidence in their talking with God.
When possible, I prefer biblical prayers. For longer prayers, practice them at bedtime for one week, then move to the next. After a few weeks, start from the beginning of the list or incorporate new prayers into the list.
Our Father Prayer (the Lord’s Prayer) Matthew 6
Pray then like this:
“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.
Matthew 6:9-13 ESV
Simple Bedtime Prayer
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
May angels watch me through the night
and wake me with the morning light.
Psalm 4:8 Bedtime Prayer
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
“God is Great” Simple Mealtime Prayer
God is great, God is good,
let us thank Him for our food,
by His hands, we are fed,
give us Lord our daily bread. Amen
Psalm 23 Prayer: The Lord is My Shepherd
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
Psalm 54 Bedtime Prayer
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
(Psalm 54:4-5 ESV)
Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild (from Wesley’s Hymn)
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
Look upon a little child;
Pity my simplicity,
Suffer me to come to Thee.
(see the other 5 stanzas)