Five Calming Prayers For Sleep

Trouble falling asleep at night can be nerve-wracking, and sometimes even a little frightening. Anxious thoughts running wild through our minds when we should be sleeping can be anxiety-producing. This is compounded by concerns of being too tired to handle the expectations of the coming day, when we are short on rest.

For some of us, this is a common reality, and for others, a rare difficulty. But whether you are plagued with insomnia frequently or just occasionally, you may find help in these prayers for sleep. Praying one of these Biblical prayers may be just what you need to get to sleep in the quiet of the night when it seems that everything but your mind is at rest.

I am not an expert on the subject, but as one who has spent my share of hours lying awake wondering if I’ll get any sleep at all before the alarm goes off, I want to offer, first, reassurance that you aren’t alone, and second, a few ways to bring the peace of God, along with some sleep, into your troubled heart at these times.  

Sleepless Nights

Those nights spent wondering if you’ll ever get any sleep before morning can be grueling. You may try taking one deep breath after another, playing music, other calming sounds, or white noise, or any number of methods that are meant to help improve your sleep patterns. 

These tricks often do work, but what about the nights when sleep eludes you? The harder you try to sleep, the heavier the weight of the world seems. A hard time getting to sleep can lead to racing thoughts and even feelings of fear that you will be exhausted and unable to function the following day. 

Prayers For Sleep

The human mind is complicated and hard to figure out. But the Bible tells us that God is a merciful and good Father, and that He wants us to turn to Him for every need because He has all the answers and can supply everything we need – even sleep.   

Often the reason we can’t fall asleep is because of the thoughts we are thinking. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 to “fix your thought on what is true,and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (NLT). You might try reciting this or another Scripture, or repeating a soothing Biblical affirmation, either silently or aloud. 

Simple Prayers for Wakefulness And Anxiety

Going to God with prayers for sleep may be a great help with falling asleep. There is no particular prayer to recite, since praying is simply talking to God. It’s that easy.  You don’t even need any special script or exact combination of words to do this. 

Below, I have given you some ideas in these five different prayers for sleeplessness and anxiety. If you find yourself unable to sleep, you can use one of these prayers or speak to God naturally with words from your own heart, asking Him to come to your aid. 

Prayer To Pray When You’ve Been Awakened By Bad dreams

Dear Heavenly Father,

I have been awakened with a disturbing dream and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Will you fill my mind with comforting thoughts of you so that I can return to peaceful sleep with no dread or worries? Lord, you are a good Father, and you hold my life in Your hands. Please take this dream that I have had and replace the memories I have of it, with thoughts only of You. If there is anything I need to repent of or any action I need to take, will You convict me of these things, and if there is nothing more that I can do, I leave it all in Your hands. Lord, you can take this dream and the anxiety that it caused, and remove it from my thoughts. You are able to help me replace my fears with thoughts of peace. I ask You to please whisper sweet dreams into my thoughts tonight.

In the name of Jesus I pray,


Prayer For When Negative Emotions Are Keeping You Awake

Father God,

I have been upset and now I lie awake with these negative emotions rolling through my mind. I’ve tried to think of other things, but the thoughts and worries just keep coming back. Lord, You are my God and trust You with my very life. I am so thankful that I can come to You in prayer in these times of need, knowing that You hear me and that You have the comfort I so desperately need. Lord. please quiet my racing thoughts and fill me with Your perfect peace. Wrap me in Your loving arms for the rest of the night, providing peace of mind for my troubled heart. Calm my anxiety and wake me in the morning with a clear mind. Teach me to take control of my thoughts so that I can think of only good and not of evil through each day and night. I know that even as I sleep, You are taking care of this situation. I trust that You are working in every aspect of it even when I can’t see any difference. Thank you, Lord, for being God over everything, even my sleepless nights.

In Christ Jesus I pray,


Prayer For When You’re Dreading The Busy Day Ahead

Dear Lord,

I am not looking forward to the coming day, and have been unable to get to sleep for thoughts of what morning will bring. I know I need the sleep so that I can be prepared and rested for the day ahead, but the more I think about it, the more awake I feel. I thank you for the ability to take everything to You in prayer, and I am thankful for all that You have provided for me. You know everything that I will be facing in the morning. None of it takes You be surprise. Lord, I trust You with what is ahead. I trust You to give me the right attitude and the right words to overcome any obstacles or problems that may rear their head as I tackle all of the things I must do today. This busy day that I am facing is no match for You, the Living God. Please give me an extra-restful night that will more than make up for the time I’ve spent lying here awake.

I pray these things in the name of Jesus,


Prayer For When You Need To Know The Right Path To Take

Dear Jesus,

I have decisions to make and am awake tonight as I ponder which way to go. In the dark of night all kinds of thoughts are taking over my mind and I am asking You to help me take those thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I do trust You with my life and plans, and I know You are always there, whispering to my heart. Would You infuse me now with your unfailing love and security so that I can sleep well, leaving these thoughts and worries safe in Your hands tonight, and awaken rested and able to think clearly in the morning? Fill me with wisdom and teach me in the quiet time of this night, so that I am no longer burdened with these feelings of uncertainty, worry, and even fear.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,


Prayer For Peaceful Sleep When You Don’t Know What’s Keeping You Awake

 Dear God,

I have been awake for too long now, and don’t even feel sleepy by this time. I am thankful for my cozy bed with a nice pillow and warm blankets, knowing that far too many people in the world have no good place to lay their head for rest or sleep. I know that You are the God of peace and You can overcome the tricks of my human mind and give me the peace of restful sleep, as if I am lying down in beautiful green pastures. I am asking you to fill me with the inner quiet of Your presence tonight so that I can fall asleep and awaken fully rested in the morning. I thank you, Lord, that I can trust You with everything, including my troubles sleeping.

In Jesus name,


Scriptures To Pray From God’s Word To Help You Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Here are some Scriptures that may help you to relax when you have trouble falling asleep. I recommend reading from the Bible rather than your phone, since screens tend to keep us awake. You may need to get up and walk around, get a drink of water, or go to the bathroom. If you’re still wakeful after that, take a few minutes to read some of these Scriptures and focus your mind on God’s goodness His love for you, and on His plans for peace and well-being for you. 

Psalm 3:5

I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. (NLT)

Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. (NLT)

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for mein the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (NLT)

Psalm 56:3-4

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?(NLT)

Psalm 63:6

I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. (NLT)

Psalm 91:1-4

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rrest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly desease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. Hes faighful promises are your armor and protection.  (NLT)

Psalm 121:3-5

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. 

Proverbs 3:21-26

My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and  discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. (NLT)

Isaiah 35:3-4

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” 

Matthew 11:28-30

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will five you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light,”

John 14:1-4

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. Ad you know the way to where I am going.”

John 14:27

“I am leaving you wih a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be roubled or afraid.”

Romans 15:13

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. than you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Galatians 5:22

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Philippians 4:6-7

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. 

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Another great help with sleeping is to Declutter Your Mind With A Brain Dump. For more helpful prayers, see Simple Daily Prayers For My Husband. To understand more about being in relationship with God, read Waling With God Quote and Bible Verses.

The next time you are having one of those sleepless nights, try one of these prayers for sleep as you allow yourself to relax in the hands of God. He can give you better sleep than you even imagined. 

When you find yourself awake because of a bad dream or an unsettling thought, remember that you are a child of God, and that He loves you beyond measure. Trusting Him with your sleep can take from a miserable, sleepless night into a bright morning fully rested.

More posts you might like about prayer:  

Examples Of Intercessory Prayer In The Bible

Faith-Inspired Quotes On Prayer From C.S. Lewis

10 Reasons Why Prayer Is Important In Our Lives

How To Start Journaling Your Prayers

Encouraging Stories And Bible Verses About Answered Prayer

Five calming prayers for sleep

[Disclaimer: I have no expertise in any kind of sleep disorder or mental health treatment. This information consists purely of my own thoughts and opinions, and is not the product of any type of professional, medical, or counseling advice.]

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