In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. – Psalm 119:55&56

The end of a day is a great time to connect with God right before bedtime. Read through some of these prayers for ideas or ways to start your bedtime prayers to God. These are also great prayers to teach to your children.

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The Day is Done


The day is done;

O God the Son,

Look down upon

Thy little one!

O Light of Light,

Keep me this night,

And shed round me

Thy presence bright.

I need not fear

If Thou art near;

Thou art my Savior

Kind and dear.

Jesus, Tender Shepherd

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me:

Bless Thy little child to-night;

Through the darkness be Thou near me,

Keep me safe till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me,

And I thank Thee for Thy care;

Thou hast warmed me, clothed me, fed me;

Listen to my evening prayer.

May my sins be all forgiven;

Bless the friends I love so well;

Take me, Lord, at last to heaven.

Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Father, We Thank Thee

Father, we thank thee for the night,

And for the pleasant morning light;

For rest and food and loving care,

And all that makes the day so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,

To be to others kind and good;

In all we do, in work or play,

To grow more loving every day.

Rebecca Weston – 1890

Forgive, O Lord

Forgive, O Lord, for Thy dear Son

The ill that I this day have done.

That with the world, myself, and Thee

I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

If I should die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

Do you have a favorite Bedtime prayer? Share it with us in the comments.

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