living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

goodnight prayer

beautiful sunset over a lake

This page features several good contemporary prayers for saying at night time. There is a prayer that reflects on the day just gone with thankfulness to God and entrusts the believers sleep and dream life to Him. There is also a very short night prayer and is appropriate for when sleep is urgently required! This is followed by a beautiful prayer ("Night Time") and 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, followed by a simple night time prayer for protection. Finally there is a prayer written in the style of a short letter to God, which dwells on His peace and everlasting care.

Night Prayer

a short night prayer
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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.


evening prayer

A simple prayer suitable for meditation at bedtime and before sleeping. The words to this short film are reproduced below:-

Prayer Before Bed

Dear Father in Heaven,

Here, safe with you, 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 be still. Help me to surrender all I am to you, my fatigue, my concerns, my hopes and fears.
As I sleep tonight, I choose to hold your hand. I choose to live with you. I choose to believe, I choose to trust, I choose you always.


(prayer by Julie Palmer)

"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 Prayer

a night time prayer poem with sunset in background

discover prayers and resources for all-night prayer meetings by clicking here

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

Night Prayer for Children

Cheeky Monkey TV is a great way of helping children learn about prayer. In this episode, we learn a simple prayer to say with our children at bedtime:-

Night Prayer for Protection

Father, thank you that you care for me. In this moment, I recall all the times when you have been faithful to me, for you are a rock beneath my feet and a secure fortress around me. Come guard my heart, protect my mind and cover my whole being with your love. I place all my trust in you.


3 Great Tips for Praying Before Sleep

Prayer poet Julie Palmer explores three different ideas for praying at night, including how to start a prayer journal and what to do when it's hard to pray at bedtime:-

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)

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.

"I stretch myself out. I sleep. Then I'm up again-rested, tall and steady"

(Psalm 3:5, The Message)

Night Prayer

For every night there comes a morning
No matter how dark or cold I feel.
So I will rest here in your blessing
Safe in your arms, free from all fear.

For every sorrow there is a healing
No matter how empty or broken I feel.
So I will hide here within your shelter
Cherished and loved, warm and still.


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.