Goodnight Prayers To Say Before Bed

Praying before bed can help us sleep peacefully. These prayers will help you wake up at peace and ready to conquer the day. Here are some goodnight prayers to say before bed:

“Dear God, thank you for today. I know you already have tomorrow in your hands and you are taking care of me while I sleep.”

“Dear God, please put your arms around my family and loved ones tonight. Please protect me as I sleep.”

“Dear God, please watch over my life as I sleep tonight and keep all evil away from me.”

“Heavenly Father, grant me a restful night’s sleep that I may wake up ready to glorify You again tomorrow.”

“God, grant me the power to wake up with joy in my heart tomorrow morning, upbeat about life and optimistic about what the new day will bring”

Goodnight Prayers To Say Before Bed

1. Psalm 5:1-4

Psalm 5:1-4 is a prayer of confession and repentance for God’s mercy and forgiveness. It begins with the words: “Forgive me, O Lord, for I have sinned against you.” The psalmist recognizes that he has been unfaithful to God and is ashamed of his sins. He asks God to help him turn away from his wickedness as he prays this prayer before bedtime.

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2. Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I among them,” Jesus said.

To forgive yourself and others, it’s important to remember that everyone is human and makes mistakes. Forgive yourself for not forgiving others as well as you should have in the past (and let go of any guilt). This might mean writing down what happened, why it was hard for you to forgive them, and how much better off your life is without the weight of that resentment hanging over your head. Then burn or tear up the paper so that no one else sees it—that’s between you and God! Now write down some steps on how to make this easier going forward: forgiveness isn’t supposed to be easy but if we try our hardest then maybe someday we’ll get there!

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3. Psalm 3:5

I think it’s important to be reminded that God will always watch over you, even in times of trouble and uncertainty. I hope this prayer reminds you of that fact.

4. Psalm 91:9-11

Psalm 91:9-11

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness is your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the disease that lays waste at noon.”

5. 1 Corinthians 10:13

  • “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • The darkness around us is not our enemy. It is protection from the things of this world that would harm us if we were exposed to them at all times. We do not have to be afraid of what may lurk in the shadows—God protects us from those who would try to hurt us, and He will help guide us through any obstacles in our path toward Him so that we can continue to serve Him faithfully until the end of our days on Earth.*

6. Luke 6:27-28

  • “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Luke 6:27-28)
  • “The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with God’s will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:26-28)
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7. Psalm 4:8

Psalm 4:8 is a good prayer to say before bed. It is short, easy to memorize and repeat, and it asks God for help with getting a good night’s sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, this verse will be especially helpful to you.

The prayer says: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

In Psalm 4:8, the writer tells us that their sleep is protected by God who has placed them in His care. When we feel vulnerable or exposed in our dreams tonight—when we fear that our enemies are near—we can remember these words of comfort from Psalm 4:8 as we lie down in our beds tonight!

8. Philippians 4:8-9

Philippians 4:8-9

  • Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. * Do what you have learned and received from me; the God of peace will be with you.

9. These passages of scripture are a good place to start reading pray asking God for his protection overnight, provision and forgiveness.

As you read these passages of scripture, consider praying for God’s protection over your family and home. Pray that he would lead you to the right decisions as you get up tomorrow morning. Ask him to give you strength and peace in this new day, as well as guidance and wisdom for whatever lies ahead. And finally, pray for his presence in your life—that he will be with you every step of the way as he always is!

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I hope these prayers have helped you to better understand how you can use prayer as a tool for reflection and guidance. Some of them are short, simple, and easy to remember, so they could be used on a daily basis. Others might not be as practical to use every night, but they are still good to keep in mind when praying. I encourage you to pick one or two that resonate with you personally, and try them out for yourself!

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