Prayer For Restful Sleep
Dear Father in Heaven,
Here, safe with you, I drink in your peace. Help me to sift through the many experiences, feelings and thoughts I have encountered today. I allow myself to rest, to wind down and to be still. Help me to surrender all I am to you, my fatigue, my concerns, my hopes and fears. As I sleep tonight, I choose to hold your hand. I choose to live with you. I choose to believe, I choose to trust, I choose you always.
Lead me to your still streams O Lord
Where I can kneel in the waters of life
Lay down my anxious thoughts
And cast all my cares on You
Here I will wait a while
Wait a while
And bathe in the life-giving waters
Bathe my mind in Your Spirit O God
Come fill my being with Your peace
Bathe my heart with Your love O God
Come still my being with Your peace
Bathe my spirit with Your freedom O God
Come saturate this life with Your peace
Sometimes it's so hard to sleep well.
My mind is so active, it is difficult to settle.
My body feels almost to tired to rest.
Yet I know you have created me to stop,
To switch off and be still.
So I ask for your heavenly hand to be on me tonight.
May this night be a restful one.
May I greet the morning with a restored mind, heart and body.
Tonight I hold onto your peace and trust in you.
As I lay down to sleep, I hold your hand.
Your hand is my comfort and my strength.
Strength to put down my concerns and fears,
Fears that steal peace, are not from you.
You are a loving Father with whom I feel safe.
Safe to rest, to let go and be at peace.
Peace is a gift, from you, and a promise.
Promises are my daily bread, so I will lay down to sleep,
Sleep within you care.
I admit that I often forget that you are with me. I often forget what you're like. Would you please forgive me for that? I need to get to know you better. I need to get to know your Word and your promises better. Help me to put you first in every area of my life. Help me to live one day at a time. Help me to not worry about tomorrow but instead focus on what you're doing in my life right now. I want to trust in your promise to take care of every one of my needs financial, relational, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional. Help me to trust you more and worry less.
I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
I can't sleep.
I'm tossing and turning. Again.
I'm so thankful You never grow weary
And You never sleep.
I'm thankful that You are here with me right now,
Even when my mind won't stop churning
And my head won't stop spinning.
Even when I know that worrying gets me nowhere
And my heart needs to rely on You.
I need You the Good Shepherd
Because counting sheep just doesn't work.
Would you comfort my heart as only You can?
Will you rescue me from my own spiral of thoughts?
For I know that when I rest in You,
peace like a river overflows my soul and
I can praise You in advance for sweet rest.
You bless us as we rest
Restore us as we sleep
You care for us as we drift off
And make our dreaming sweet.
You are the safest place
You are the God of Grace
Forgiven, loved and held by you
Is each small seed of faith.
You know our thoughts and feelings
You see our deep desires
You understand our weariness
And catch each tear we cry.
You walk beside us every day
You are a constant friend
You stay with us all through the night
On you we can depend.
Thank you for holding me together today. I needed you, and you were there for me. Thank you for every bit of love, mercy, and grace that was shown to me though I did not deserve it. Thank you for your faithfulness even in my suffering. To you alone be the glory.