Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Child Praying


© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved


Whatever happened to uncomplicated prayer?  As children we would recite our bedtime prayers:


Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my soul to keep

If I should die before I wake

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

God bless mommy and daddy

My brothers and sisters

Grandma and grandpa

My doggie and kitty

And all my friends.


And now—

God bless our country

Our leaders

Our churches

Our pastors

Our armed forces

Our courts and judges

Our people

Our homes

Our children

Our culture


I pray for Tiffany, who has brain cancer

Jim, who has leukemia

Bro. Pat with his heart problem

Butch, who is losing his vision

Teresa, who needs a liver transplant

 . . . Etc.

 . . . Etc.


Prayer can be overwhelming at times.  It used to take only a short intense session to lift up all the needs of our hearts.  Nowadays there are so many people with tons of needs and almost daily perilous national and global situations.  It is easy to become numbed and succumbed, isn’t it? 

Perhaps that is where the term prayer warriors came into play, for pray we must.   It is a duty and a most holy privilege.  (Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Ephesians 6:18, James 5:13 & 16, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, and 1 Timothy 2:8.) 

Report for duty and embrace this consultation with our Creator.  He awaits our pleadings, hears our cries, and knows our pains.  The Holy Spirit utters our earnest soul-filled prayers. 

And—of course, pray all in the name Jesus! 








4 comments on “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

  1. I don’t believe I’d get thru an hour without having the privilege of prayer ~ the simplicity is even weightier than the petition !

  2. Dawn Huberty says:

    I just saw a quote on this subject, it was: “God loves seeing your Caller ID on his phone” 🙂 I smiled when I saw it!

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