Prayer for Sleep

by Angie

Consistently one of the most popular search terms that lands people on my blog is “patron saint of sleep”.  It makes me sad every time I read this in my stats, because I know how chronic sleep deprivation feels.  St. Elijah, by the way, is the patron saint of sleep.  I started searching for prayers for a good night’s sleep, and here is my favorite:

“Loving God. You guard and protect all Your beloved children. Be with me now as I try to sleep. Let me feel safe, secure, and sleepy as I imagine myself resting in Your arms. Guide me into rest, that I may begin tomorrow afresh, to the glory of Your name. Amen.” ~ Melissa Roberts Check out her site for more simple, lovely prayers.

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Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch April 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

What a beautiful prayer. Thank you.

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Barb Schoeneberger April 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

A lovely prayer. Sleep deprivation kills and along the way it really messes up the brain and thought processes. With fibromyalgia I, unfortunately, can’t sleep unless I take a light combination of two drugs. Even then sometimes, I can’t fall asleep unless I’m praying my rosary – not to be inattentive to God but to place myself in Mary’s arms and be connected to her.

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Angie April 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

I have a wonderful rosary app on my iPhone that has an audio option that I often use on sleepless nights – very comforting.

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Colleen April 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Great prayer! Thanks for sharing!

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Pamela April 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

A beautiful prayer. Sometimes, over and over, I quote, “I will lay me down in peace ad sleep.” It’s a beautiful promise from the Psalms that has brought sleep so many times. I’ll be writing this prayer down to use when sleep evades me.

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Dianna Kennedy April 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

I love the suggestions here in your post, as well as in the comment box.

I know pain keeps you awake often – for me, it’s the fact that my brain runs on overtime. I’ll have to refer back to these prayers.

Thanks so much for linking up with Saints and Scripture Sunday!

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Court April 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

We (my daughter and I) pray for good sleep for her just about every night. The poor dear hates bad dreams and so it is often something she asks for and I happily join her in prayer with.

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Charlotte April 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I’m so glad that most of the time I sleep well. I love the prayer you shared. On the nights when I do have trouble sleeping I’ve found that prayer is the best thing I can do.
Blessings,
Charlotte

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jaime stathis February 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm

That’s funny. That is exactly the search I used that landed me on your blog. The top searches on my blog are “Joseph Bakken” (he staged a fake gay-bashing in my hometown of Missoula, MT) and “running a half marathon without training.” It’s crazy right? Why aren’t people searching “puppies, ice cream, and rainbows?”

Thanks for the prayer!

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Angie February 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

It’s always one of the most frequently searched terms on my blog. It makes me sad to think of so many people praying to simply get a good night’s sleep :(

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Mike April 27, 2014 at 6:03 am

Thank you for this prayer, I will try it tonight…. I am also saddened by your note that this is one of the most searched items on your blog, but comforted by the knowledge I am not alone

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