Interrupted sleep or a total lack of sleep affects the body and mind more than we know, and it can make it hard to function properly throughout the day. Here are 25 powerful prayers for peaceful sleep. Along with the prayers are printable images for you to use or share.
A Prayer Against a Running Mind
God of All Comfort, I can’t seem to turn my mind off at night, Lord. Every night the concerns of life consume me and won’t let me sleep. I need wisdom and help to turn off my brain. I have been tossing and turning and still, I can never seem to sleep. But You count my tossings and my turnings, Lord. You care for me and want me to know the peace that comes with Your rest. I pray, Lord, that I would know well the peaceful and restful sleep You grant to Your beloved. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Falling Asleep
Most Merciful God, I have been having a hard time falling asleep lately and I need You to intervene. My mind seems to want to go go go, and I can’t make it stop. I need the peace of Your presence in the night. Only You, Father, can give me the rest my heart desires. Please be with me. Cradle me in your heavenly arms around me and bring me comfort. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer to Sleep as Jesus Slept
Lord of the Highest Heavens, I pray that You would grant me the kind of peaceful, restful sleep that Jesus enjoyed, even when he was on a boat in the middle of a storm. Such is the power of Your presence, Lord. When the storm breaks around me, I pray that I would be able to sleep like Jesus. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer Against Nightmares
Maker of Heaven and Earth, lately, I have been troubled by nightmares. I keep waking up with feelings of fear and distress. I pray, Lord, that You would overcome my nightmares and banish them far from me. Replace them instead with dreams of Your glory and joy. I pray that my sleep would be marked with a sweetness and quality that I would no longer fear going to bed. Please me with me at night, Jesus. In Your name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer Against Insomnia
Lord, my Refuge, I pray against insomnia and the pain that it brings. I pray against the long seemingly never-ending night. I pray against the torment of time which goes on and on and on. Lord, tonight I feel so far away from You and alone in this darkness of the night. I know in the day that You are near, but at night You feel so distant. Close my eyes and lay down my head in rest, Lord. Grant that I might have the sleep of one who rests under the watchful eye of his Father. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Rhythms
God of Enduring Faithfulness, You are the God of suns, moons, and stars. You are the God that made galaxies and comets and meteor showers. But You are also the God of REM sleep and circadian rhythms. I pray that just as You care for the bigness of the universe that You would continue to care for my small concerns. Be with my sleep and make it peaceful and restful. May I awake every morning, renewed, ready to praise You, my Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Parents
Compassionate Father, thank You for our children. They are such a blessing. Thank You that they can run and jump and play. They have so much energy, Lord, it is a joy to watch them. But it takes so much of our energy to raise them, Father, and lately, our children haven’t been sleeping well. We are exhausted. Please grant that we all would be able to sleep better and longer. Help us get the peaceful rest we need to be able to parent them with patience and grace. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for a Big Day
Oh God of my Salvation, I have a huge day ahead of me. I cannot make it through if I do not get the rest I will need to be able to function and persevere. Help me, even now, to bring to order my day with sleep in mind. Keep me from the arrogance and haughtiness of one who thinks they can survive on little sleep. I know it isn’t true, Lord, and so I need You to be with me all day. I need to sleep, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Overcoming Jet Lag
Jehovah Rapha, my Healer, thank You that I was able to come here and travel far from home. I praise You for getting me here safely, Lord. Now, as my body is adjusting to this new time in this new place, I pray that You would help me to sleep through the night from the very beginning. Help me to get the rest I need to be able to do what You have called me to do here. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for the Perpetually Tired
Jesus, the Great Physician, I know You are good and You are always with me, but I am so tired, Jesus. Each day brings new stress and anxiety. I need the kind of rest that only You can provide. Please be with me and give me the sleep I need to thrive. Keep me from restlessness and nightmares. Once I fall asleep, Jesus, I pray that I will sleep, uninterrupted, for eight hours. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer Against Busyness
Abba, Father, at the end of every day it seems there wasn’t enough time to do all that needed to be done. It seems that each night I need to get one more thing done, and all of a sudden, it is midnight. Lord, I need to rest in Your all-sufficient power and not in my meager attempts at doing it all. Give me the faith to lay down at night, and the peace to sleep through the night. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Those Weary from Life
Compassionate and Gracious God, I entrust myself to You as I seek the rest I need. I am weary and have been beaten down by the challenges of life. I am calling to You, God, asking that You give me rest. Make my sleep peaceful. I pray, God, that I would be able to lay down my head with confidence that I would wake the next morning and not a moment before. I pray that You would keep me from my own thoughts that keep me up in the night. Bless my sleep, God. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Sleeping Longer
Dear Heavenly Father, show me that the concerns of the day can wait. Keep the sun from waking me up and keep the noises of the neighborhood from breaking the peace of the night. I pray that if I wake before I should, You would be with me and help me to fall back asleep. Only with Your help can I get the restful, extra sleep I need. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Discipline
Righteous Savior, I pray that You would give me the discipline I need at night to put away my phone and keep my eyes from worthless distractions and images. I need Your strength, Lord. Only by Your power can I defeat distraction and get to bed on time. Give me that strength, Lord, and grant that my sleep would be peaceful and unconcerned with the cares of this world. Lord, You are all I need. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Peace
Sovereign Lord, all day long I feel close to You, but at night I begin to focus on thoughts that carry me away from Your presence. I pray that You would conquer my thoughts of stress and anxiety that invade my mind at night. Jesus, command Your angel armies to drive such thoughts far from me and grant that I might lay down in peace and sleep. I pray that my sleep would be sweet and pure, giving me the rest my body needs. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Jesus’s Rest
Jesus, my Savior, You called for all who were heavy laden to come to You and You would give them rest. I am praying that verse as of late, Jesus, as I have felt so heavy laden and my sleep has been so poor. I pray, Jesus, that You would fulfill that call in my life and grant me the peaceful sleep I so desire. Give me rest, Jesus. In Your name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer to the God Who Knows Me
God of Blessing, You know me and the desires of my heart. You know the fears and anxieties that plague my sleep. I pray, Lord, that You search me and reveal why I am struggling to get the peaceful sleep I need. I pray that You would overcome my anxiety and bless this upcoming season with nights of restful sleep. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Quietness
Lord, my Peace-Bringer, this place is so loud and there are so many interruptions that it has been hard for me to sleep. I am beginning to feel desperate. Help the neighbors to be quiet tonight and no other loud noises to distract me from my rest. You are the God who can do anything, nothing is impossible with You. I need peaceful sleep, Lord. Please be with me and create in my room a quietness that will let me rest. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for a Good Place to Rest
O Jehovah, my God, just as You are the Shepherd who David praised for laying down his head in green pastures, I pray, Lord, that You would give me a good place to lay my head that I might know the peace of deep and restful sleep. Lord, my sleep has been marred by restlessness. I know that You love me and that You can bless my sleep. Please do, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Laying Down
Father of Compassion, I pray that I might lay down at night in confidence, knowing that You are watching over me and that You will give me the peaceful, restful sleep I need to do Your will. Jesus, when You were on the earth, You too rested and slept and entrusted Yourself to the Father for protection. I pray now for the same protection. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for the Mercy of Sleep
God of Mercy and Love, I praise You, that in Your wisdom, You created humans to need sleep. It requires humility to admit that I am not superhuman, that I cannot do it all. I need to lay down my head at the end of the day and rest. I pray, Lord, that I would do so faithfully, and realize that it is You who turns the world and not me. Thank You for the mercy of sleep. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer Against Discouragement
Precious Holy Spirit, I pray that if I wake in the night, or if I have a hard time going to sleep in the nights ahead, that You would keep me from getting discouraged. Help me not to get down on myself or life, but instead, turn my sleeplessness into a peaceful sleep. I need not fear the middle of the night, precious Holy Spirit, for You are with me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Sweet Dreams
God of Loving Devotion, the saying of sweet dreams is so often used that it has become commonplace. I pray that You would restore the word to the fullness of its meaning. Make my dreams so sweet that when I wake, I feel as if no time has passed at all. Make my dreams so sweet, Lord, that I long for the end of each day so I can once again experience the sweetness of Your presence. Amen.
A Prayer for Psalm-Like Sleep
Lord, my Refuge, the Psalms are filled with such pleasant sleep. I long for such rest for myself. I think of David and the confidence of his rest and I too hope to be able to sleep like that. Teach me to rest in You, Lord. Teach me to take pleasure in the rest only You can provide. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer of Peaceful Sleep
God of Immeasurable Mercies, You know my heart and all that I need. I need rest, Lord. My soul yearns for the kind of rest only You can give. Please be with me and grant me restful sleep. I know that I cannot do anything without You, Lord, including getting the rest that I need. Please help me sleep in peace. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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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.