When it comes to bedtime, reciting prayers helps to put your faith and trust in the Lord. These goodnight prayers to say before bed are perfect examples of the types of prayers you can say.
Heavenly Father, you are always with me. As I lie down in bed to sleep I am reminded that you sustain me. I am not conscious of the processes continuing in my body while I sleep, but you know every cell in my body. As I sleep, help me to leave behind the troubles of today and forgive those who have sinned against me. When I wake, let me be reminded that my sins have been forgiven and your mercies are new every morning. Watch over me. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Everlasting Father, the day is at an end, and I honor and glorify your name. Thank you for carrying me through this day and protecting me. Now I ask for your grace and protection throughout the night. Forgive me for my sins – things I shouldn’t have done or said, and also things I should have done but didn’t do. Help me to measure up to your standard of holiness. Help me to forgive others and not allow slights from others to disturb my sleep. Amen.
Mighty God, you never sleep or slumber. My need for rest and sleep reminds me of my limited nature, but you have no limits. I trust you as I sleep because you never cease to watch over me and my loved ones. While we lie in our beds, you continue to protect and sustain us. You are faithful to fulfill all your promises and you are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thankfulness for the Day Prayer
God, I thank you for all that you helped me accomplish during this day. Thank you for giving me the strength and energy, as well as the focus and ability to do all the things that got done today. Thank you for blessing me with people in my life today who were funny or encouraging or helpful. Thank you for your favor and care for me throughout the day. And now, I thank you for sweet rest throughout the night. Amen.
Prayer Against Anxiety
Lord, you are a God of peace. My mind keeps replaying the things I said and did today, and the things other people said and did. I keep second-guessing myself, wondering if I did the wrong thing or said something inappropriate. Help me to just relax now and release those worries. Help me to cast all my anxieties on you, for you genuinely care for me. Now bless my sleep, I pray. Help my mind to relax and for sleep to come quickly. Amen.
Eternal God, you see everything. I thank you for the gift of the day that is now ending. I pray that you would forgive the sins I have committed today and that you would keep me safe throughout the night. I commit my whole self, mind, body, and soul to you. Watch over me as I sleep, protect me from evil, and equip me with the strength I need for tomorrow. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer Against Sleep Disruption
Lord, I pray that you would protect me against all sorts of sleep disruption. Be my shield against internal things that would bother my sleep, such as worries or jealousy or anger or other unhealthy feelings. Guard me against external things, such as loud motorcycles or other vehicles awakening me, neighbor’s parties, fireworks, phone calls, or restless children. May my bed be comfortable, and the temperature just right. Thank you for your abundant provision. Amen.
Counting Blessings Prayer
Generous Father, my entire life is a gracious gift from you. As another day ends, I place myself again at the foot of the cross, where I am forgiven and cleansed by Jesus’ blood. It is here that I find rest and restoration. I thank you for the blessings of today, the refreshing air, the sunlight, the food I have enjoyed, the interactions I have had with other people. You have blessed me beyond the limits of my understanding. Thank you for the mercy and grace you have shown me today. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
May Your Angels Surround Us Prayer
God, my Majesty on high, I thank you for keeping my family safe while we sleep. I thank you for protection from intruders who would wish to rob or harm. I thank you for protection from the wiles of the devil and that you have given us spiritual armor to resist him. I thank you for your protection from illness and injury. I thank you for guarding our souls and spirits. And now, I ask for your angels to surround my family and my home tonight and guard us as we sleep. Amen.
Prayer for a Steadfast Mind
Lord, help me cultivate a steadfast mind so that my sleep is not bothered by concerns or worries. Help me to preserve sound judgment and discernment, so I will be safe and secure. When I lie down, may I not be afraid, and when I rest, may my sleep be pleasurable. May my obedience to you lead to a sense of well-being and peace. May I be preserved from danger and disasters of all kinds. I place my confidence in you. Amen.
O Lord God, my protector and provider, as the day draws to a close I find refuge in your arms. Your faithfulness is my shield that protects me from one day to the next. The darkness of night holds no fear for me as I look to you, the light of the world. I bring before you the worries that could disturb my sleep and ask that you would calm my mind as I lay in my bed. Let my thoughts settle on your goodness and your mercy as I fall asleep. Take away any anxiety about tomorrow as I know you will be there with me. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Shadow of the Almighty Prayer
God of all grace, you are my habitation and refuge. I pass the night in the secret place of your covering, under the shadow of your protection. I rely on you, and I will not be disappointed. May I find a quiet and safe and comfortable resting place under your divine care. I choose you for my protector, and I find in you all I need or desire. Draw me, blessed Lord, to your precious side, where I find mercy, love, and forgiveness. Amen.
Good Shepherd Prayer
Lord God, you are my Shepherd. Throughout this day, you have guided me and have never left my side. You are the Good Shepherd who provides everything I need, in you, I lack nothing. You make me lie down in green pastures, you lead me beside quiet waters, you refresh my soul. As I lay down in bed now I am thankful for your blessings today and grateful that, as I rest, you will refresh my soul. No matter what tomorrow holds for me, I have nothing to fear with you as my shepherd. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer of Gratitude for Divine Love
Dear God, thank you for all that you have done for me this day. Thank you for everything that has transpired and for being with me through it all. You’ve given me strength for each task. You’ve given me the wisdom to think and decide on some matters that needed attending to. You are a faithful and loving God. Thank you for supporting me with your love and for sending family and friends as an extension of your care and provision in my life. You are truly good. Amen.
Protection Against Evil Prayer
Father, keep watch over me tonight as I sleep. Send your angels to protect this household and keep all the people in it safe and secure. Do not let any evil come upon this home. Do not allow the enemy to bring harm to us. And spare us from any accident or calamity. Give us good weather conditions so that we may sleep safely and without worry. Keep our windows and doors secure so that no intruder may come in. Father, cover us with your protective arms tonight. Amen.
Prayer for Restoration
Dear Lord, this has been a full and productive day. Thank you for working things for my good and for being with me in every situation. As I now put aside the worries and stresses of the day, please grant my body a much-needed reset. Bless me with a night of sufficient and peaceful sleep. Allow my mind and body to release all the tension brought by the fulfilling of my tasks for this day. Dear God, restore physical, mental, and emotional strength as I sleep. This I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayer for Blessing
Father, thank you for a fruitful day. I reflect upon everything I have accomplished through your enabling wisdom and strength. I commit everything I have done to you, my God. I ask that you would please favor my efforts with good results. Please reward my hard work accordingly. Don’t forget your promise to bless the work of my hands. Encourage me with a good outcome, O God. I know that you hear me and will answer in your perfect time. Thank you, God. Amen.
Prayer for Cleansing
Gracious God, I ask for your forgiveness before I sleep. Forgive me for all the day’s failings. I’m sorry for speaking words and acting in ways that may have been hurtful to others. And please forgive me for the sins I have committed against you. Cleanse me from evil thoughts and wrong motives. Please allow me to sleep with the newness of mind and heart so that I may wake up with my spirit afresh and sensitive to your presence and guidance. Hear my prayer tonight, merciful God. Amen.
Protection from Sleeplessness Prayer
Lord, bless my body and bed with deep, quiet rest throughout the night. Protect me from sleeplessness. Help me to quickly fall asleep and sleep soundly all night long. May I not have restless sleep or frequent awakenings. Help me to submit my cares to you, for you care for me. May my sleep refresh and restore my mind and body. I will declare your loving-kindness tonight and your faithfulness in the morning. I praise your name, O Most High. Amen.
Prayer for Good Rest
Faithful Father, as I prepare for bed, I ask you to bless me with good rest. May all the things I have to do tomorrow not prevent me from quality sleep. Help me not to be too overstimulated from my busy and complicated day today. May I just fix my mind on you and drift into sweet slumber. Help me to wake up in the morning full of energy and ready to take on the new day. I sing for joy in you, my Lord. Amen.
Peaceful Sleep Prayer
Heavenly Father, there is no one like you. As I prepare to sleep tonight I can lie down in peace knowing that you alone Lord, make me dwell in safety. Help me to receive forgiveness for the things I have done wrong today. Help me forgive others who have done wrong against me. Make me attentive to the opportunities you provide each day for me to love other people as a reflection of your love. Quiet my mind and give me rest. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer to Decompress
Jesus, Prince of peace, I am exhausted, and yet I’m finding it difficult to relax from this stressful day. Help me to promote a restful mind and body as I meditate on you and reflect on your word. Help my breathing to be deep and slow, and my muscles to ease. Help me to declutter my mind and decompress, so I can rest peacefully. Help me to lay aside all demands and duties and simply focus on your goodness. Thank you, dear Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Bless the Work of the Day
Lord, I pray for your favor to rest on me. I thank you for helping me to achieve a lot today. I ask you to bless the work of the day and make it fruitful. May I received recognition for a job well done, and may it generate more projects that I can do well. Bless the work of my hands and make me prosperous. Help me to continue to work diligently, wisely, and well. And now, sweet Lord, bless me with good sleep for another day’s work tomorrow. Amen.
Everlasting God, you do not change. Nothing I have done today has changed your position of love towards me. Though I have fallen short today, Lord, my failure has been atoned for on the cross. You have shown your love for me in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. You are the Father of the heavenly lights, you do not change like the shifting shadows of the world. There are many uncertainties in my day, but there is no uncertainty in your character. Every good and perfect gift flows from you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer for Plans for Tomorrow
God of hope, as I prepare for bed, bless my plans for tomorrow, so I will be successful in carrying them out. Your word tells me to commit my work to you, and my plans will be established. I first pray that my plans will be in accordance with your will, and that you will stop me if I am going down the wrong path. I also pray that I will be strategic in making my plans and carrying them out. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Good Purposes Prayer
Loving Father, you never cease working for my good. As I reflect on today, there are many things that I can’t understand and many things that I would like to change, but no day is wasted in your sight. You work all things together for good for those who are called according to your purpose. There is nothing that has happened today that can not be used by you for my good. Help me to rest in the knowledge that you are in control. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer to Calm My Thoughts
God, may I receive blessed sleep all night long tonight. May all these thoughts and feelings that are swirling around ease away and be replaced by assurance in you and clarity of mind. Lift away my hurts and burdens. May this battlefield of my mind be transformed into still waters and peaceful, green pastures. Renew my heart, my spirit, and my mind as I recite your word and contemplate it. May your peace and comfort wash over me. Amen.
Remove My Fear Prayer
God of all comfort, you provide refreshment for my soul. As I look back over a day of highs and lows, good and bad, happiness and sadness, I bring it all before you. You are at my side, you have protected me from harm and you will do the same again tomorrow. Your word says that I can lie down and not be afraid, that I can lie down and experience sweet sleep because you are with me. Help me to cast all my cares on you and rest in your love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
God My Foundation Prayer
All-knowing and all-loving God, you are my strength. As the day draws to a close, I am reminded of how often I try to rely on my own strength. I act like less rest and more toil is the path to satisfaction. Your word says that all my labor is in vain unless you build the house. Lord, let everything I do be built on your foundation. Help me to sleep secure in the knowledge that I am loved by you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer to Think on Whatever Is True
Lord, King of heaven, as I close my eyes to sleep tonight, help me to meditate on you. May I think about whatever is true, honorable, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. May these meditations fill my mind and root out negativity, deception, darkness, and hatred. Elevate and purify my heart and mind. Help me exercise control over where my mind is drifting. Remind me that my thoughts mold my actions and character and, ultimately, my destiny. May you be enthroned in the sanctuary of my mind. Amen.
Prayer for Wisdom
God, my blessed Redeemer, as I sleep tonight, may my thoughts not be obsessed with my problems or with decisions I need to make. Rather, I pray that You will guide and direct me in my sleep. Through my dreams or through your still small voice whispering to me, provide me with solutions and answers. As I rest in you, bless me with your wisdom. When I awaken in the morning, may I know the right path to take, and proceed according to your guidance. Amen.
Bless My Dreams Prayer
Lord, my Healer, as I sleep tonight, I pray that you will deliver me from nightmares or distressing dreams. Bless my dreams, I pray, and make them pleasant and instructive. Use my dreams as a way to convey your heart to me. Speak to me through my dreams and confirm them through your word. Help me to guard what I see and hear and what enters my mind, so my dreams are not distorted. In my waking and my sleeping, may I hear from you. Amen.
Prayer to Release Pain and Discomfort
Lord, as I lay on my bed to sleep, please ease all this discomfort that prevents good rest. May the aches and pains melt away, so my body can relax. In the name of Jesus, I ask for healing for everything that is disturbing my rest. I thank you, Jesus, that you carried all my pain and infirmities, so I can be set free. I thank you that even though the thief has stolen my well-being, you came to give abundant life. Amen.
May My Thoughts Be Captivated by You Prayer
Lord, as I go to sleep tonight, may my thoughts be captivated by you. Whenever my mind takes me to other places, bring me back to focus on you. When distractions pull me away, help me center on you. I’m waiting, listening, and open. Allow me to rest and rejoice in your presence. May I breathe you in and breathe everything else out. Let me feel your presence and focus on loving and being loved by you. Amen.
Thank You for Carrying Me Through the Day Prayer
Lord, you are my strength, and I thank you for carrying me through the day today. Thank you for protecting me from harm. Thank you for guiding me in the choices I made and for your Holy Spirit’s convicting when I sinned or was tempted to sin. Thank you for helping me get through my tasks for the day and staying focused. I thank you for your faithfulness and love. Now please bless my rest tonight and grant a wonderful new day in you tomorrow. Amen.
Restore Me Prayer
God, you protect me and restore me. Please restore me as I sleep tonight. Restore my body so I have the energy and strength I need for tomorrow. Restore my mind so I can be alert and focused tomorrow. Restore my spirit and soul so I can enjoy sweet communion with you as I walk in the Spirit. May I be able to help others tomorrow and share your infinite love with them. I thank you, that you make me complete and whole while I dream. Amen.
Be King of My Life Prayer
God, my King, tonight, as I kneel at my bed, I ask you to be king of my life. May your will prevail over my words, my actions, my thoughts, and my attitudes. May I not simply blurt out careless words, but be discerning, allowing your Spirit to guide my words. May I seek your desires when I make plans and decisions. May I come to understand your incomprehensible love for me and may that love overflow in my relationships with others. Amen.
Thank You for Meeting My Needs Prayer
Lord, my Savior, it’s the end of the day, and I am overwhelmed by your love, your kindness, and your provision for me. I thank you for caring for my financial needs, so I am not in want. I thank you for guiding me in my relationships, so I enjoy sweet fellowship. I thank you for healing my body and emotions, so I can be strong and active and healthy. I thank you that your Spirit communes with my spirit and intercedes for me. Amen.
Praise for the Beauty of the Day
God, as this day ends, I praise you for its beauty. Thank you for the awesome sunset that crowned the day. Thank you for the beauty of nature – the hills and the trees and flowers and light on the water. Thank you for the beautiful creatures you brought into being, like the butterflies that delighted me. O great Creator, I am continually amazed by the beauty you created for us to enjoy. And now I thank you for the beauty of the night – the moon and the stars. Amen.
Bless Those Less Fortunate Prayer
O God, who inhabits eternity, as I kneel at my bed, I thank you for all the wondrous ways you have poured out favor over me. And now, I remember those less fortunate and ask for you to bless them. For those living in desperate poverty, raise them up in your mercy. For those who are chronically or acutely ill, heal them in your compassion. For those living with long-term disabilities, heal and provide for them. For those living in war zones, bring peace. Thank you, kind Savior. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.