This spiritual article shares a short prayer for sleep.
There are short Bible verses that also serve as prayers.
It ends with my own blessing for you to sleep well.
Thank you so much for being here.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 4:8, Bible sleep quote
The following bible verses can serve as prayers for sleep.
Recite the whole quote. Or choose a few lines to learn by heart so you can say them as you lie in bed ready for a good night's sleep.
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.”
Psalm 3, Bible prayer for sleep
“Come to me, all you who are weary and
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
(Matthew 11:28-30, Bible prayer for sleep)
You give me rest.
I find rest for my soul.
“I awoke and was refreshed,
and my sleep was peaceful.”
(Jeremiah 31:26, Jerusalem, sleep help Bible verse)
My dear Christian friend, Tina, recommends the following prayer for sleep in the form of a mantra.
"I find it helps me to do a body scan, starting at my feet and
working upwards, saying to each part of my body
"Relax and sleep in the name of the Lord."
I rarely get as far as my head!"
A prayer for sleep opens you to an immediate answer - a good night's sleep :-)
But please remember the answer to prayer may also be to find something practical you can do to that leads you to sleep well.
If you are not sleeping you may be tempted to give yourself a hard time.
You may even feel that insomnia is a punishment.
I encourage you to let these thoughts be as they are and then let them pass.
A sleepless night is not your fault.
A sleepless night is not a punishment.
Nothing can separate you from God.
“Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every
way: in great endurance;
in troubles, hardships and distresses;
in beatings, imprisonments and riots;
in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness;
in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
in truthful speech and in the power of God;
with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report;
genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
known, yet regarded as unknown;
dying, and yet we live on;
beaten, and yet not killed;
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;
poor, yet making many rich;
having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
(2 Corinthians 6:3, NIV, sleep help Bible verse)
Trouble sleeping can mean trouble getting to sleep or it can mean waking in the night and having trouble getting back to sleep.
One of the reasons for a sleepless night can be symptoms or pain from illness.
I love that the psalms give us permission to have a moan!
merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in anguish.
How long, O Lord, how long?
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.”
(Psalm 6, NIV, Bible quote when not sleeping)
If in your tiredness you worry you will never get everything done the following day, remember you are not alone in what you do.
Press into God, Love.
You can afford to get tired at times because you are not relying on your own strength.
"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
(Isaiah 40:28, KJV Bible quote about tiredness)
If you feel stressed by not sleeping it is very helpful to remember that rest - lying still and relaxed - gives many of the same benefits as sleep.
You are doing your best.
Move here for prayers for relaxation.
Getting to sleep isn’t something you can make yourself do. It isn’t something where ‘trying hard’ can help.
Sleep is natural. We can do the following.
This has parallels with the spiritual experience. The spiritual
experience is natural. We can't make ourselves have a spiritual experience. But
we can put conditions in place that make it more likely.
We can engage in our chosen spiritual practice, be it prayer, blessing, forgiveness, or repeating spiritual quotes from a holy book.
God's love is always available, and when we get out of our own way, we receive a revelation of this love.
Put everything in place to make sleep most likely, and then hand it over. Surrender.
Whether you don’t sleep so well or you sleep wonderfully
tonight, love yourself and approve of yourself as you are....
More importantly, stay open to the knowledge that Love itself loves you.
I say a little prayer for sleep for all of you who visit here.
Please say it for myself and others.
(It is also in the image above.)
Katherine T Owen, webmaster,
Author of Be Loved, Beloved (Kindle)
Move from Prayer for Sleep to a full list of prayers on this spirituality website.