Short Night Prayer
I am so tired Father.
Help me to sleep now, restore my energy,
Cover my feelings and watch over my mind.
I rest in you tonight.
(a prayer poem)
As the darkness draws in, you are the light in my heart
As the air turns colder, you are the warmth in my soul
As the stars are revealed, you renew my spirit
As the moon shines, I know I am held safe in your arms.
Prayer Before Sleep
(a rhyming prayer poem for bedtime)
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
Dear Father in Heaven,
Here, safe in my home, I drink in your peace. Help me to sift through the many experiences, feelings and thoughts I have encountered today. I allow myself to rest, to wind down and to sleep. Help me to surrender all I am to you, my fatigue, my concerns, my hopes and fears.
As I drift into sleeping I choose to hold your hand. I choose to live with you. I choose to believe, I choose to trust, I choose you always.
Pete Greig from 24/7 prayer shares how his dog helps him pray before bed!:-
"It is useless to get up early
and stay up late
in order to earn a living.
God takes care of his own,
even while they sleep."
(Psalm 127:2, CEV)
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
(Psalm 4:8, NIV)
"I stretch myself out. I sleep. Then I'm up again-rested, tall and steady"
(Psalm 3:5, The Message)