living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

goodnight prayer

This page has a choice of five contemporary prayers for saying at night time. The first one reflects on the day just gone with thankfulness to God and entrusts the believers sleep and dream life to Him. The second prayer is very short and is appropriate for when sleep is urgently required! The third prayer ("Night Time") is a poetic reflection on how God's wonders are revealed as the day darkens. The next one is a rhyming prayer for before bed, and finally there is a simple night time prayer written in the style of a short letter to God, which dwells in His peace and protection.

A Goodnight Prayer


Thank you for today, for all the ways in which I have known you...

For the sunrise and the birdsong
For the music I've heard, and the things I've enjoyed
For the meals, and for the cosy home I live in
For my close family and for my special friends
Most of all, thank you for being beside me through each moment.

May I dream good dreams and arise again tomorrow to thank you once more.


prayer for quality sleep

Christopher Ian Chenoweth's prayer for a good nights sleep

In the film featured above, Christopher Ian Chenoweth leads us in a prayer for a good sleep. This is a great video to play just before bed. It is a prayer for body, mind and soul renewing sleep. A prayer for protection and tranquility, knowing God's arms embracing you, a prayer to become deeply aware of God's love. Christopher encourages us to take in deep breaths as we meditate on these things. He prays for divine ideas and regeneration as we sleep. And he prays that this peace that we encounter during the night would endure throughout the day:-

"As the darkness draws in, you are the light in my heart"

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.

Night Time
(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

Before Bed

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.


creative ways of praying before going to bed

Pete Greig from 24/7 prayer shares how his dog helps him pray before bed!:-

bible verses about sleep

"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)


further reading

arrow rightmorning prayers
featuring a selection of short inspirational morning prayers to God

arrow rightall night prayer meetings
with creative suggestions for your vigil, and simple example prayers.

arrow rightthe ACTS prayer model
discover more about praying with this simple guide to effective prayer.

arrow rightprayer for inner peace
featuring two Christian prayers suitable for readng at bedtime, including a prayer for inner peace and strength.