11 Goodnight Prayers to Say Before Bed

When it comes to bedtime, reciting your 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.

Goodnight Prayer
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.

Watchful Prayer
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.

Bedtime Prayer
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.

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.

Protection Prayer
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.

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.

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.

Faithfulness Prayer
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.

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.

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.

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.

Author Bio
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years. If you would like to reach out to contact Natalie, then go here to send her a message.