8 Bedtime Prayers for Young Children

There are many things you, as a parent, can do to help your child feel loved and safe. Creating an evening routine that includes bedtime prayers with your kids reminds them that they have a true friend in heaven who is strong and mighty and can handle their fears and worries.

God of Light Prayer
God of glory, God of light,
I pray to You now in the night.
I count all Your wonderful ways
That You bless me through my days.
You’re my help in times of trouble.
When I call, You come on the double.
I know Your Name. I trust in You
To guide me in everything I do.
Make me strong to do Your will.
I rest in You; now I’m still.
Hear me now for Your name’s sake,
Watch over me until I wake.
Amen.

Prayer to God, My Help
God, my Help, my Strength, my Song,
You cared for me all day long.
You teach me how to do what’s right.
You even teach me in the night.
You help me know which way to go.
The path of life to me You show.
In Your love my home I make.
I will not fear. I will not shake.
In the name of Jesus, Holy One,
Hold me close till the rising sun.
Amen.

God of Wonder Prayer
God of wonder, God of grace,
Even when I can’t see Your face,
I know You are here. You’re all around.
In Your arms of care, I am found.
Your angels’ watch around me keep,
All through the night as I sleep.
Under Your wings, soft as a dove,
I rest in Your unending love.
Thank You, Father, Holy One,
I rest in You, now the day is done.
Amen.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
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.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy 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.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Counting My Blessings
I count my blessings, God, 1-2-3-4,
Mommy, Daddy, friends, and more.
With my warm, snuggly bed and my cuddly, brown bear,
I might be the luckiest kid anywhere!

Thank You, God, for Your Forever Love
As the moon shines high above,
God, thank you for your forever love.
You’re always so near and dear to me,
And in my heart, you’ll always be.
Twinkling stars, too many to say
How you were able to make them that way.
But I know your love is like the sky.
It’s big and wide and low and high.
Whether I’m happy or angry or sad,
You’ll always love me, so that makes me glad.
No matter if I’m good or bad or just okay,
You’ll love me as I am anyway!

Father, We Thank Thee
By Rebecca Weston (1890)
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.

Sources
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Grace Chapel

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