3 Prayers to Help You Get Your Sleep
by Cindi McMenamin
Whether you’re lying awake at night due to job loss, tight finances at this time of year, health issues, too much to do in too little time, or just a sense of anxiety or sadness about all the changes happening in the world right now, you don’t have to lose any more sleep.
God tells us in His Word to cast all our anxieties upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Philippians 4:6-7 also tells us: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (NLT).
Your Heavenly Father is the One who “grants sleep to those he loves” (Psalm 127:2, NIV). He already knows what’s on your mind, but as you give it to Him each night before laying your head on your pillow, His peace that passes all understanding will not only guard your heart and mind, it will help you sleep better, too.
Here are three prayers, based on Scripture, to help you sleep soundly:
- A Prayer Giving God All That You Cannot Accomplish:
I have so much on my mind tonight, but You know it all. You have searched me, Lord, and You know me…You perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:1-2). Therefore, I can trust You with all that is on my heart and mind. Your Word says as I commit my way to You, and trust in You, You will do it (Psalm 37:5). Help me to sleep peacefully, knowing that “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” God, You don’t want me striving after the wind to have more and more, because You give to Your beloved even during sleep (Psalm 127:1-2). Help me to rest and trust that You will accomplish what concerns me (Psalm 138:8). Thank You for Your invitation for me to come to You with my weariness and my burdens and receive Your rest (Matthew 11:28-29). I place all that burdens me in Your capable hands and in Your name I pray, Amen.
- A Prayer Surrendering to God Your Anxiety and Fears:
Your Word says You are my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? You are the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1-2). Even though there are uncertainties in this world and everything is constantly changing, You are my unchanging, steady, “rock of refuge, to which I can always go” (Psalm 71:3). Help me to hide in Your love this night as “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7). Thank You that the Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him (Psalm 34:7) so I have nothing to fear…Your presence is near. Thank You that Your Word says nothing can separate me from Your love—“neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate [me] from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus [my] Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Help me to remember that and to trust in that as I fall off to sleep. In Your capable hands, I entrust my heart, soul and mind. Amen.
- A Prayer for Safety and Protection:
Thank You that there is nowhere I can go where Your love cannot follow because “even the darkness will not be dark to you” (Psalm 139:7-12). Because I am Yours, I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8). “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. [You] will not let [my] foot slip—You who watches over [me] will not slumber (Psalm 121:2-3). Help me to sleep peacefully, assured that You are my “refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore [I] will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging (Psalm 46:1-3). Thank You that nothing touches the lives of my loved ones that hasn’t first passed through Your loving hands. I praise You, God, that You gather the lambs in Your arms and carry them close to Your heart, and You gently lead those who have young (Isaiah 40:11). Gently lead those I am entrusting to Your care. Comfort me with the assurance that Your banner over me is love (Song of Songs 2:4) and when I wake up, You are still with me (Psalm 139:18). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Cindi McMenamin is a pastor’s wife, national speaker, and the author of several books to help women and couples strengthen their relationship with God and one another. She and her husband, Hugh, co-authored the book When Couples Walk Together: 31 Days to a Closer Connection. Some of her books to help you combat fear and strengthen your trust in God include When Women Walk Alone (nearly 150,000 copies sold), When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom, and When God Sees Your Tears. You can find out more about her ministry, books, and free resources at www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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