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!
Table of contents
- 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 Refresh me
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.
Read also: A Prayer for those Sleepless Nights
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.
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!
Here are some more evening prayers
- 5 Evening Prayers to Close Your Day
- Prayer When You Can’t Relax
- A Prayer for those Sleepless Nights
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.”
“SLEEP PRAYERS” COMPILED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES (still trying to credit sources)
Sleep Prayer I
Heavenly Father, I (we) come to You now in the Name of my (our) Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to break and destroy any curses, side effects, effects, influences or stings of any curses that have been placed on me (us), anyone that I (we) have prayed for today, our children, our grandchildren, our marriages, our homes, our cars, our trucks, our offices, our properties, our buildings, our businesses, our ministries, our finances… in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth according to John 14:14. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to give us peaceful sleep tonight and keep us safe according to Psalms 4:8; and according to Psalms 127:2, I (we) ask that You give us Your beloved sleep tonight. I (we) ask You to keep Your hands on us while we sleep tonight and speak to our hearts tonight. I (we) ask You to do this in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I (we) plead the Blood of Jesus Christ over us, over our sleep, over our thoughts, over everything in our rooms, over our homes, and over everything in our homes. I (we) plead the precious Blood of Jesus Christ as our protection.
Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to remove from me (us) any hurts, any turmoil’s, any pains, trauma, shock, and any anguish that are deep within my (our) soul(s) that have been created at any time in my (our) life(lives) that need to be removed. Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to loose into each of us a Spirit of love, peace, joy, and restoration. Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to camp Your angels around us, our homes, and our properties, to guard us and protect us, and to destroy any evil spirits, demonic spirits, strongmen or messengers of Satan, witchcraft or curse, that try to come against us, against our homes, or against our properties. I (we) ask You to give us sweet sleep tonight in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Heavenly Father, fill us with Your Holy Ghost anointing and power, fill us with Your presence, in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, I (we) pray with thanksgiving. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask you to do all of these things according to John 14:14; and Heavenly Father I (we) ask You to give us these things according to John 16:23. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I (we) pray with thanksgiving. Amen.
Sleep Prayer II
Heavenly Father, I (we) come to You now in the Name of my (our) Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to break and destroy any curses, words of deception, lies, side effects, effects, influences or stings of any curses that have been placed on me (us), anyone that I (we) have prayed for today, our children, our grandchildren, our marriages, our homes, our cars, our trucks, our offices, our properties, our buildings, our businesses, our ministries, our finances… in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth according to John 14:14. Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to remove from me (us) any hurts, any turmoil’s, any pains, trauma, shock, any old hurts, old pains, and any anguishes and old anguishes, that are deep within my (our) soul(s) that have been created at any time in my (our) life(lives) that need to be removed. Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to empower any medication, supplement, vitamin, or herb that I (we), or _____ am (are) taking to do the work that You intend it to do. I (we) pray that You will destroy and nullify any allergic reactions and/or adverse side effects that any medication, supplement, vitamin, herb, or combinations of any of these things may cause in me (us), or _____.
Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to destroy any adverse side effects of radiation treatments and chemotherapy treatments. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to destroy any adverse side effects from any organ, any cell, any gland; from my (our) vision, mind, hearing; from any part of my (our) body, or _____’s body; and I (we) ask You to do this according to John 14:13-14. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to destroy any adverse side effects of the medication of ______, _______, ________, _______, _______, _______, or any supplement or vitamin that I am taking, that is having any adverse side effects in any organ, any cell, any gland, or any part of my body. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to destroy all ill spoken words, all ill wishes, all enchantments, all spells, hexes, curses, all witchcraft prayers, acts of witchcraft, psychic prayers, ungodly soulish prayers, voodoo, witchcraft spells, voodoo spells, satanic spells, and every idle word spoken contrary to God’s original plans and purposes. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask that You destroy the curses associated with these utterances, side effects, effects, influences or stings and I (we) decree and declare that: they shall not stand; they shall not come to pass; they shall not take root; and their violent verbal dealings are returned to them double-fold according to Isaiah 54:17, for each of us, in the Name of Jesus. Heavenly Father, I (we) thank You that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. I (we) thank You that every tongue and every word that rises against me(us) in judgement; You shall condemn. I (we) thank You Heavenly Father that this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and our righteousness is from You according to Isaiah 54:17. (Psalms 16, Psalms 1:27) Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to place a hedge of protection around me (us). It hides me (us) from the enemy, familiar spirits, any and all demon spirits, making it difficult, if not impossible for them to effectively track or trace me in the realm of the spirit. There shall be no perforations or penetrations to these hedges of protection according to Job 1:7-10, Psalms 91:1-16, Exodus 12:13, and Zechariah 2:5.
Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to camp Your angels around us, our homes, and our properties, to guard us and protect us, and to destroy any evil spirits, demonic spirits, strongmen or messengers of satan, witchcraft, acts of witchcraft, or curse, that try to come against us, against our homes, or against our properties. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I (we) plead the Blood of Jesus Christ over us, over our sleep, over our thoughts, over everything in our rooms, over our homes, and over everything in our homes. I (we) plead the precious Blood of Jesus Christ as our protection. Heavenly Father, I (we) ask You to loose into each of us a Spirit of love, peace, joy, and restoration. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask You to give us sweet sleep tonight, give us peaceful sleep tonight and keep us safe according to Psalms 4:8; and according to Psalms 127:2, I (we) ask that You give us Your beloved sleep tonight. I (we) ask You to keep Your hands on us while we sleep tonight and speak to our hearts tonight. I (we) ask You to do this in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Heavenly Father, fill us with Your Holy Ghost anointing and power, fill us with Your presence, in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, I (we) pray with thanksgiving. Lord Jesus, I (we) ask you to do all of these things according to John 14:14; and Heavenly Father I (we) ask You to give us these things according to John 16:23. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I (we) pray with thanksgiving. Amen.
Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name. Holy Spirit I ask You in the power of agreement with me, according Matthew 18:19, to pray to my Lord in Heaven, Jesus Christ, that He would rejuvenated me in the night watches, my sleep would be sweet, my sleep would be uninterrupted that when I wake up I will be totally energized, ready to go, and stay energized throughout tomorrow until my head touches back down on my pillow. Lord loose Your angels now to watch over me and keep me from harm, that Your angels war and destroy the enemy as need be and all wrong prayers, words, and the power of those wrong words and their fall out. Lord let no temptation come near me, now and throughout tomorrow. As I sleep heal all chemical imbalances and problems hindering the proper flow electrical impulses throughout my brain to their proper destination. Lord cause all that I am to function optimally by Your Divine Design. Restore all chemical balances, all chemo-electric flow in all areas of my brain, and that my soul also performs optimally too. Lord I ask You to Remove all wrong thinking and programming in my spirit and mind. Renew me in the spirit of my mind with the Mind of Christ. Lord cause me to only dream and think on things that are good and pure, from above, from You. Lord lead me by Your Holy Spirit, so that I live, and move, and have my Being in You. Lord, cause me to eat and exercise properly, taking care of this temple You have given me. Fill me with Your instructions during the night watches then lead me forth by Your Eye and Holy Spirit, now and for evermore. Lord cause me to sleep now, in You, Your Sovereign Will be done Heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to God be the Glory, amen.
Night Forgiveness Prayer
Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name. Lord Jesus Christ, I ask forgiveness for my sin of un-forgiveness. I confess my un-forgiveness toward _____, _____, _____, and _____, myself and You. I forgive _____, _____, _____, and _____ where I(we) have any ought, un-forgiveness, trespasses, bitterness, anger, resentment, grudges, and strife toward anyone, even myself, and even You Lord, known or unknown, past or present. I ask You Lord to forgive me of any un-forgiveness, trespasses, bitterness, anger, resentment, grudges, and strife toward myself, themselves, others, or even You. I ask You Lord to forgive _____, _____, _____, and _____ of any un-forgiveness, trespasses, bitterness, anger, resentment, grudges, and strife toward me, others, or even You, in accordance to Your Sovereign will for each individual. Lord I give You all these indifferences in me, I cast my burdens, and these cares into Your hands, and I choose to Your paths and ways to love these people. I speak blessing over these people _____, _____, _____, and _____ to hear and know Your Voice, to be convicted but not condemned about what has happened between us. Reveal to each of us what has just happened and give us a humble heart to enter into true Godly sorrow over the matter and come to true heart repentance before You ! Lord, restore us through Your Godly Ways and means, that we will flourish in You courts with Your Presence, peace, joy, and love to over flowing. We ask You Lord Jesus to bless _____, _____, _____, and _____ . Bless me too to know, understand, and walk upright before You, let this be done in accordance to Your Sovereign will.
I ask You Lord to Heal them Lord and me too, where we have been wounded emotionally and mentally, remove all trauma, all un-forgiveness, bitterness, anger, resentment and strife, and the poison that entered into each of us, that there will be no schism or no wall of separation between me and You, them and You, and me and all of the people involved in these situations, and their relationships, Your Sovereign will be done. Remove and destroy any deception, lies, veils that blind us from the truth, wrong words spoken and their powers, especially reveal and destroy all lies of the enemy, known or unknown and let Your Healing Virtue and Your Resurrection Power penetrate and bring forth Your New Life in that area in each of our lives, Your Sovereign will be done. Lord pour in Your Healing Balm of Gilead to the very centre, root, or heart cause, and bring total understanding, wisdom, healing, and total restoration to abound in each of us. Shine Your light to every nook and cranny driving out all darkness from us, then heal and seal those areas for Your purposes, Your Sovereign will be done.
Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, help us to remove the old ways, thinking patterns, and habits that are in our carnal mind, conscience and/or subconscious fallen nature, cause us to be exercised in You and Your Way of Life through Your Spirit and Word instead, forming Your new thinking patterns, and Ways and habits. Help us Lord to first be concerned for the other person, desiring to help them, You responding through us, teaching us to love our neighbour with Your love, showing them Your love, Your Way, manifesting Your Will by Your Holy Spirit, that they would see and be drawn to You, Your Sovereign will be done, that You would be Glorified in the Earth ! Lord, convict each of us strongly when we are about to get into sin, especially the sin of un-forgiveness. We ask You to quicken us and Your people around us. Quicken our prayer partners to either warn or tell us when we have gotten into the sin of un-forgiveness. Lord quicken our prayer partners, put us on their spiritual radar screen, show them as they go, that something is happening with us and we need attention in prayer now, so they will stop and intercede for us, especially when we have un-forgiveness in us to the slightest of degree, Your Sovereign will be done.
To God be the Glory, in Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name, amen!
I bless you doorway to this bedroom as the gate of security of this room
Bed, I bless you with serenity and peace
I bless you as a place of dreams and the Presence of our God
I bless you with the blessings of rest and refreshment
I bless you bed, as a gentle invitation to slumber and sleep, to regenerate
Bedroom, I bless you with quietness
I bless you to be a haven that angels watch over
I bless you as a private place, leaving all the cares of the day at the gate
I bless you as the place where we awake, fresh and alive to begin each day
I bless you as a place of beauty
I do this blessing in the Name of Jesus, Who neither slumbers nor sleeps
But gives to us, as His beloved even in our sleep
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Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Jesus Christ my God, I adore you and thank you for all the graces you have given me this day. I offer you my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I ask you to keep me from sin. I put myself within your sacred side and under the mantle of our Lady. Let your holy angels stand about me and keep me in peace. And let your blessing be upon me. Amen.