Evening and Bedtime Prayers

Family Bedtime Prayer

Thank you God, for this day,
Thank you for our family.
We're sorry for the things we did that didn't make you happy.
Help us to be better people, help us love each other.
Help us honor you, our Father.
Bless the people of the world.
Bless our loved ones, far and near.
Finally, we lift up to You
This request for You to hear:
(Insert any special intention)
We love You, Lord.

- Victor, Grace, Kaira, Nikia and Xavio Fenix

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Prayer Before Sleep

Dear God, as I lay me down to sleep,
relax the tension of my body;
calm the restlessness of my mind;
still the thoughts which worry and perplex me.
Help me to rest myself and all my problems in your strong and loving arms.
Let your Spirit speak to my mind and heart while I am
asleep, so that, when I wake up in the morning,
I may find that I have received in the night-time,
light for my way;
strength for my tasks;
peace for my worries;
forgiveness for my sins.
Grant me sleep tonight, and tomorrow power to live.

- Author Unknown

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Giving Thanks Goodnight Prayer

Dear God,
We thank you tonight for the good day and for the special way you take care of us all the time.
Thank you for the fun times outside and the quiet times inside, and for helping us learn new things every day.

Thank you for creating us special, exactly the way you wanted.
Thank you for protecting us throughout the day.
Forgive us for the wrong things we do.
Thank you for loving us even when we disobey or try to do things our way.
Help us to always choose your way, God, because it's always best.
We pray for all the people who don't know you, and that they will come to understand your love for them, too.

Bless our family and thank you for good times together and apart.
Bless our friends and those we love, including our grandparents, our aunts and uncles and cousins.
Thank you for our home and a place to sleep and good food to eat.
Help us rest well, give us peaceful dreams, and send your angels around our home to protect us throughout the night.
Teach us to trust you and to love you more and more.
You are good; you are great; and you are faithful, God. And we love you. Good night.

- Rebecca Barlow Jordan

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Evening Prayer for Peace 

O Lord God, grant your peace to us, for you have supplied us with all things — the peace of rest, the peace of the Sabbath which has no evening; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Augustine of Hippo

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Sleeping Prayer 

I am placing my soul and my body in your sanctuary this night, O God,
in your sanctuary, O Jesus Christ,
in your sanctuary, O Spirit of perfect truth,
the Three who would defend my cause, nor turn their backs on me.

Father, who is kind and just,
Son, who overcame death,
Holy Spirit of power, keep me this night from harm,
the Three who would justify me, keep me this night and always.

Carmina Gadelica, Hymns, and Incantations...

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At the End of a Disappointing Day

Lord, thank You for working in my life, even in ways that look like failure.
Help me keep my eyes on You and not on my situation.
Help me trust You more, especially when I face what looks like a disappointment. 
In Jesus' Name, 

Glynnis Whitwer

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Keep Us in Peace

O Lord our God, keep us in peace during this night and at all times. 
Keep our hearts and thoughts secure in holy reverence for you, so that we may be protected at all times from the snares of the enemy. 
And let us offer blessing and glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, 
now and forever and unto the ages of ages.

Armenian Prayer 

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A Child's Bedtime Prayer, 18th Century

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
Watch and guard me through the night,
and wake me with the morning light.

- Author Unknown

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