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goodnight prayer


This page has a choice of five contemporary prayers for saying a 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.




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.






  what's on this page?  

a goodnight prayer

a short night prayer

night time prayer poem

prayer before sleep

prayer before bed

bible verses about sleep


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.

creative ways of praying before going to bed
Pete Greig from 24/7 prayer shares how his dog helps him pray before bed!:
  "As the darkness draws in, you are the light in my heart"  
further reading

morning prayers

featuring a selection of short inspirational morning prayers to God


all night prayer meetings

with creative suggestions for your vigil, and simple example prayers.


the ACTS prayer model

discover more about praying with this simple guide to effective prayer.


prayer for inner peace

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


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)

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