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5 Powerful Bedtime Prayers for Kids

One of the most important things you can do for your children is to pray for them. Whether you pray with them, pray while they are sleeping, or pray aloud where they will hear you, your prayers are powerful. Your powerful bedtime prayers for kids will help your children learn to trust God for their needs and their protection.

Your children learn to pray by seeing and hearing the examples of those around them. If praying is important to the people they are around, it will be more likely to become a life-long choice for your kids as well.

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Bedtime Prayers for Kids

One part of your bedtime routine is to make sure you include time to pray. Taking time to pray with your children at bedtime helps them to lay their fears aside and reminds them that God will be with them throughout the night.

Spending time gathered as a family each evening to have family worship, will help your child grow to love Jesus and see this as an important part of their life, but it will also encourage a closeness within your family. Your bedtime prayers for kids help you focus your attention back on God and lay your worries and concerns aside.

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No matter what the day has been, you are teaching your child to cast their cares on Jesus and ask Him to watch over them through the night hours.

When I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

When you are having family worship, take time to help them memorize some scriptures to help them when they are afraid.

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I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

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There really is no right or wrong way to pray as long as you pray to God. He doesn’t listen more if you kneel down with your hands folded and your eyes closed than if you are tucked into bed, or picking up toys in the living room.

Here are five sample bedtime prayers for kids.

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you so much for this child of mine. You have given them to me and I am so grateful. Forgive me for being short, impatient, or irritable with them and help me to be a better reflection of You to them. I pray that you will give them peace tonight as they sleep. Please send your angels to surround them through the night. As they are sleeping, mend their heart and mind and help them to forget the hurts or frustrations of today. Please bless them and help them grow up to love and serve You with their whole heart! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Lord, You know what I need tonight. I’m tired. Sometimes parenting isn’t very easy and I don’t know what to do about this new turn of events with my child. Please guide and direct me as I encourage them, support them, and try to teach them to follow You. Please watch over us through the night. Thank You for knowing the end from the beginning and knowing that You love my child more than I could ever imagine, I want to trust in You in this situation. Please give us both the rest we need tonight as we sleep. Thank You, Jesus, Amen.

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Father God, thank you so much for my child. Thank you that You created them and have a purpose and plan for their life. I pray as they sleep you fill them with sweet dreams of you. Protect them, guide them and help me to parent them the way you parent me Lord. I pray for the salvation of their soul and that their life be a beautiful reflection of the Gospel. I ask this is your name, Amen.

Mindy Jones

Dear Father, Thank You for my beloved child and the gift of being their parent. I ask that you bless their sleep tonight. Fill them with peace, joy, and your presence as they rest. Please protect their mind from any negative thoughts, anxieties or worries that may try to disturb them. Help me to be a better parent and turn to you for answers on how to best raise my son/daughter. Father help me be kind and patient and not rushed throughout the day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Susan Davis

Dear Jesus, Thank you so much for this beautiful day today. The rainbow was beautiful and reminded me that your promises are always true. Thank you for being with us as we drove to work and school. Please be with our family (grandparents, cousins, etc) and keep them healthy and safe. Thank you for our home and our pets. Please forgive me for …. today. Thank you for hearing an answering our prayers! In Jesus’ name, amen.

As you pray for your children at night, remember, God doesn’t need to hear a memorized prayer to hear your desires or needs. He just wants to hear you talk to Him. If you are worried, scared, or lonely, talk to Him and tell Him about your feelings. He’s the one who created you to feel things and He certainly understands those feelings.

As you pray your bedtime prayers for kids each night, remember that God loves them infinitely more than you can imagine and He wants all those good things for them just like you do.

Bedtime Prayers for Kids to Pray

There are some beautiful memorized prayers that have often been said by children going to bed, but saying memorized prayers to God is like quoting song lyrics to your best friend. Not always what they want to hear. These bedtime prayers for kids to pray are simply examples to help you guide your child as they learn to pray. Here are three example prayers.

Dear Jesus, thank You so much for being with me today. Thank You for my family and for my home. Please forgive my sins and help me to make good choices to follow You. Please keep me safe tonight. I love you! Amen.

Dear Jesus, thank You for this day. Thank You for a good day at school. Thank you for helping me remember my words on my spelling test. Please help me to be a good example to my friends and to make good choices. Thank You for sending your angels to watch over me tonight. I love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

As your child is learning to pray, you may need to prompt them and help them to think of the next thing to say. But it won’t take long until it becomes easy for them to pray just as it is easy for them to talk to their friends.

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How to Create a Bedtime Prayer Routine

Creating a bedtime prayer routine that is doable is very important. You don’t want the routine to be too long and complicated, but there are always certain things that have to be done every night before you say your bedtime prayer and go to bed.

Think about the things you, as the parent, do every night. Which of those things also applies to your child? As you create your list, make sure you add bedtime prayers to the routine so they don’t get forgotten or overlooked.

The main thing is just to remember to pray every night with your kids and for your kids. As you develop this habit, it becomes second nature as you end your day with a prayer for your kids.

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