15 Popular Bedtime Prayers For Children And The benefits of praying

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We have heard bedtime stories that parents tell for a good night’s sleep. Similarly, introducing thankful bedtime prayers for children can also help them sleep peacefully. If you are religious and want to inculcate the habit of praying in your children, then reciting these simple prayers before bed can be a good start. These allow children to have a quiet and retrospective moment before going to bed. In this post, we have a list of rhythmic and easy prayers for your children to recite before bedtime. These are easy to learn and will stay in your children’s memory forever.

Benefits Of Bedtime Prayers

The habit not only stays forever but also brings in a few other benefits. Let’s have a look at some benefits of bedtime prayers.

  1. Teach gratitude: Prayers are a wonderful way to express our thankfulness and gratitude to the Almighty for the blessings in our lives. Inculcating such habits in children from an early age makes them humble and down to earth.
  1. Help in improving focus: The mind is a hub of relevant and irrelevant thoughts. Offering prayers and dedicating a few minutes to calmness, helps in clearing our mind and improves focus. This stillness also helps in reducing stress and anxiety.
  1. Build trust and faith: Praying establishes a strong connection with God. Offering prayers together with your children builds trust among each other. Kids also learn the importance of placing their faith in the values and morals taught by the elders in the family.
  1. Aid in leading a disciplined life: Having a routine that includes praying, makes an individual disciplined and also helps them restrain from wrongdoings.
  1. Reduce stress: Dedicating some time for praying before going to bed reduces anxiety in children. Saying a prayer promotes calm and reduced stress as it helps children recollect positive things.
  1. Bring parents and children closer: A family that prays together stays together. When parents and children pray together, it helps create a strong bond, where the parent and the child can be open and honest with each other. By knowing what is bothering them or what they are thankful for, both the parents and children would have a chance to build a deeper connection.
  1. Teach them to be humble: Through prayer, children learn to acknowledge the existence of a greater power and be thankful for all the things in their lives. This teaches them to be humble and down to earth. This virtue would be quite useful for them throughout their life.
  1. Teach forgiveness: Forgiving someone is not easy, but carrying that hatred could be a burden. Through prayer, your child would understand that not everyone is perfect and develop an awareness about forgiving others.
Did you know?
Engaging a few minutes of bedtime prayer every day enhances a selective neural pathway in the frontal lobe of the brain. It has a direct effect in assisting emotional regulation (1).
  1. Strengthen their relationship with God: Praying regularly helps children develop a strong relationship with God. The thought that there is a supreme force to guide them and look after them boosts their self-confidence.
  1. Set the right moral values: Teaching your children to pray every day might help set their moral compasses in the right direction. Prayer teaches values, such as honesty and sincerity, which get internalized into their belief system.
  1. Make them compassionate: Praying might also help in reducing aggressiveness and promote compassion in children. They will learn to treat humans and animals with kindness and be sensitive to other’s pain.
  1. Teach respect: Praying teaches children that there is a supreme power above all of us, and we need to respect it. This also teaches accountability, as they will be aware that God is watching their actions.
  1. Create positivity: By remembering all the good things in life through prayer, your children will sleep with a calm and positive mind. This can help them think  positively and look at things with a positive outlook.

In the next section, we share some of the most relevant nightly prayers for kids.

Bedtime Prayers For Children

Prayers for children can be simple or lengthy, but if you include a rhythmic tone to their recitation, kids would easily grasp the prayer. Here are 15 easy bedtime prayers for children to start with:

1. Now I lay me down to sleep

This traditional bedtime prayer for children can be recited every night.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
May God guard me through the night,
And wake me with the morning’s light. Amen.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
May the angels watch me through the night,
And keep me in their blessed sight. Amen.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should live another day,
I pray the Lord to guide my way. Amen.

2. The Lord’s prayer

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The Lord’s Prayer teaches children to be thankful for the blessings they receive in life and the differentiation of good and bad.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

3. Now the light has gone away

A simple prayer, which underlines the importance of life and family.

Now the light has gone away, Savior, listen while I pray.
Asking Thee to watch and keep and to send me quiet sleep.
Jesus, Savior, wash away all that has been wrong today.
Help me every day to be good and gentle, more like Thee.
Let my near and dear ones be always near and dear to Thee.
Oh bring me and all I love to Thy happy home above.

4. Dear God

This prayer is ideal for children who had a bad day at school and are finding it difficult to fall asleep.

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Dear God,
I’ve felt a bit sad today.
Sometimes people say things that upset me,
Sometimes I feel lonely at school,
Sometimes I feel misunderstood by my mum and dad,
Sometimes my feelings are all mixed up inside.
Please make me feel better,
Please make me sleep with good dreams,
Please make a happier day tomorrow.

5. Thank you, God

A Prayer to express gratitude to the Almighty.

Dear God, thank you for this day.
Thank you for providing food, a home, and a warm bed.
Thank you for the love people showed me.
Please guide me as I prepare to head to bed and start the day again tomorrow.
Please guide my thoughts and actions. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

6. Forgive, O Lord

A simple prayer to ask for forgiveness.

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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.

Research finds
Significant changes in the brain and attention span have been identified through MRI scans, EEG and psychological tests in people who chant the Gayatri Mantra on a daily basis (3) (4).

7. Holy Lord

This prayer is for children who are struggling in personal life or academically, and wish to overcome that.

Holy Lord, Thank you for grace.
Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up,
And give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope,
I run toward in Christ.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

8. Hurry to pray

A prayer to seek protection from worrisome situations.

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I won’t fret and I won’t worry,
Instead, I’ll hurry to pray,
I’ll turn my problems into petitions,
And lift my hands in praise.
I’ll say goodbye to all my fears,
His presence sets me free,
Although I may not understand,
I feel God’s peace in me. Amen.

9. God, my friend

The purpose of this prayer is to thank the Lord for a wonderful life and also seek blessings for near and dear ones.

God, my friend, it is time for bed,
Time to rest my sleepy head,
I pray to you before I do,
Please guide me down the path that’s true.
God, my friend, please bless my mother,
All your children — sisters, brothers.
Oh! And then there’s daddy, too —
He says I am his gift from you.
God, my friend, it is time to sleep,
I thank you for a soul unique,
And thank you for another day,
To run and jump and laugh and play!
God, my friend, it is time to go,
But before I do I hope you know,
I am thankful for my blessing, too,
And God, my friend, I love you. – By Michael J. Edger III MS

10. God is near

A prayer to express your trust and show your faith in the Lord.

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I hear no voice, I feel no touch,
I see no glory bright;
But yet I know that God is near,
In darkness as in light,
He watches ever by my side,
And hears my whispered prayer,
The Father for His little child,
Both night and day doth care.

11. Jesus, tender Shepherd

This is a thank you prayer for Jesus. Kids can offer this prayer every day or on special days when they have succeeded in a competition or excelled at school.

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me:
Bless Thy little child tonight;
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.

12. Savior, lay Thy hand on me

This prayer is for older children who want to thank the Lord and ask for a serene life.

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Savior, lay Thy hand on me,
Bless me, and remember me. Amen.
Oh Lord, support us all the day long,
Until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
And the busy world is hushed.
Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging,
And a holy rest and peace at the last, Amen.
Ah dearest Jesus, Holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be,
A quiet chamber kept for thee.

Quick fact
Practicing bedtime chanting and mindfulness meditation before sleep is known to regulate the circadian rhythm in children and adults, reducing insomnia and increasing the sleep quality (4) (5).

13. Heavenly Father

This is a simple bedtime prayer for days when your kid is tired but does not want to break the habit of bedtime prayers.

In my little bed I lie:
Heavenly Father, hear my cry;
Lord, keep Thou me through this night.
Bring me safe to morning light. Amen.

14. Lord, send me sleep that I may live

A bedtime prayer to ask for sound sleep and forgiveness.

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Lord, send me sleep that I may live,
The wrongs I’ve done this day forgive.
Bless every deed and thought and word,
I’ve rightly done, or said, or heard.
Bless relatives and friends always,
Teach all the world to watch and pray.
My thanks for all my blessings take,
And hear my prayer for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

15. Lord in heaven

A prayer to ask the Lord for care and guidance in life.

Lord in heaven, hear my prayer,
Keep me in your loving care.
Be my guide in all I do.
Bless all those who love me, too. Amen.

In a world that is constantly losing faith, introducing bedtime prayers for children can be a reassuring way of cultivating hope, faith, and trust. Children can be molded in the way you want by inculcating good values in them. So, it is important to instill moral values in them from a young age so that they grow up into calm and confident human beings who trust humanity and have faith in the good. Just like bedtime stories, bedtime prayers can teach children to be grateful, disciplined, peaceful, and reflective. So, choose the prayer you and your child love, and make it a ritual to say it every night before bedtime.


  1. How Faith and Prayer Benefit the Brain; Westmont.
  2. Narayanan and Venugopalan; (2018); Effect of Gayatri mantra chanting on cognitive functions in school children; IJPR.
  3. Pradhan and Derle; (2012); Comparison of effect of Gayatri Mantra and Poem Chanting on Digit Letter Substitution Task; NCBI.
  4. Rusch et al.; (2018); The effect of mindfulness meditation on sleep quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials; NCBI.
  5. Nagendra et al.; (2012); Meditation and Its Regulatory Role on Sleep

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