20 Night Prayers to Help Finish Your Day With a Peaceful Mind

There's no better way to end a busy day.

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Even though you may have started your day off with a cup of coffee and a meaningful prayer, it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the chaos and stress of the day, forcing you to end it on a low note. When you get home at the end of the day, it helps to take a minute, center yourself, and say a night prayer to God. This will help ease your mind, erase your worries, and give you strength to finish out our week.

Jesus knows exactly what you need, at the exact moment you need it. So use your evening prayer as a way to give thanks to him — especially if it happened to slip your mind earlier in the day. Or, if you’re having trouble falling asleep, say a few words of scripture in the evening to calm yourself down. Soon, it’ll become a nightly routine and you’ll be ready to take on each day and the challenges that come with it.

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For When We Need His Graciousness

Father, we thank thee for the night, and for the pleasant morning light. For rest and food and loving care, and all that makes the day so fair. Help us to do the things we should, to be to others kind and good. In all we do, in work or play, to grow more loving every day.

—Rebecca Weston

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For When We Need His Protection

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, watch and guard me through the night, and wake me with the morning light.

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For God's Strength

Almighty God, radiant with light, cast your goodness to shine upon me. Most wonderful Lord, creator of all things, hold your truth to shield me. Majestic King who reigns over all, slay with great love all the shadows around me. Prince of Peace, glorious and true, lift your arms of strength to cover me. All this night through. Amen

—Unknown

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For When We Feel God's Love

Father, you know my worries and care for my troubles. So I give these heavy concerns to you. I lay these situations at your feet. The empty cross is a place of rest, where I can reflect upon your resurrection and the moment when love overcame. Thank you that your love in me can transform the landscape of my life. I walk with peace into the new day, and put my hope in you. Nothing is outside of your redeeming love, might I rest now in the knowledge that you will light my path and guide my life. Amen.

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For God's Grace

Lord, thank you for your abundant, abounding grace. Thank you that we don't have to earn a drop of the mighty river of grace that flows freely for us today. Thank you for the unexpected, unmerited favor you've showered on my life. Help me put myself in the path of your love and grace. Help me not neglect the disciplines I need to meet with you regularly and to drink from the water of life. Thank you for your rich love. Amen.

David Mathis

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For When We Need Help Easing Our Minds

Dear God, as I lay me down to sleep, relax the tension of my body; calm the restlessness of my mind; still the thoughts which worry and perplex me. Help me to rest myself and all my problems in your strong and loving arms. Let your Spirit speak to my mind and heart while I am asleep, so that, when I wake up in the morning, I may find that I have received in the night-time, light for my way; strength for my tasks; peace for my worries; forgiveness for my sins. Grant me sleep tonight, and tomorrow power to live.

—Unknown

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For When We Are in Times of Struggle

God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you’ve given me in my life. I’m going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen.

—Wendy van Eyck

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For When You Need Calm

Holy Spirit, please encircle me, come hold me safe and secure. Wrap my mind up with your truth. Guide my thoughts and calm my fears. Steady my emotions, Lord that you would guide my feelings, may I not be overcome by upset. Sustain my soul, with vision for the future, and hope for tomorrow. I need you. Amen.

—Unknown

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For When We Need God's Light

O Lord God Almighty, as You have taught us to call the evening, the morning, and the noonday one day; and have made the sun to know its going down: Dispel the darkness of our hearts, that by Your brightness we may know You to be the true God and eternal light, living and reigning for ever and ever. Amen.

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For When You're Overwhelmed

Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, overwhelm me with Your peace. Lead me to You, my rock. Guide me to Your Word which gives me strength and refuge. Help me not to run to lesser things. Draw me to run to You first. Help me get into the habit of taking my “overwhelmed” and placing it under your will. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jennifer Rothschild

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For When We Need Clarity

Lord we can’t sleep because we just don’t know what to do. These big decisions are pressing hard. We can’t see all the answers but we believe that you are leading us. Help us to hear your voice, help us to see your hand guiding us at every turn. Make the way clear before us and we ask that you would open the right doors and close the ones that aren’t meant for us to walk through. We give it to you again right now, and believe that you are helping us and working on our behalf, even as we sleep.

Debbie McDaniel

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For When You Need His Blessings

Bless this house and those within. Bless our giving and receiving. Bless our words and conversation. Bless our hands and recreation. Bless our sowing and our growing. Bless our coming and our going. Bless all who enter and depart. Bless this house, your peace impart.

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For When You're Feeling Grateful

Father, thank you for today, for all the ways in which I have known you. For the sunrise and the birdsong, for the music I've heard, and the things I've enjoyed. For the meals, and for the cozy home I live in, for my close family and for my special friends. Most of all, thank you for being beside me through each moment. May I dream good dreams and arise again tomorrow to thank you once more. Amen.

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For When You Are Fearful

The day is done; O God the Son, look down upon thy little one! O Light of Light, keep me this night, and shed round me, thy presence bright. I need not fear if thou art near; thou art my Savior kind and dear.

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For the World

Watch thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give thine angels charge over those who sleep. Tend thy sick ones, Lord Christ. Rest thy weary ones. Bless thy dying ones. Soothe thy suffering ones. Pity thine afflicted ones. Shield thy joyous ones. And all, for thy love's sake. Amen.

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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For Those Closest to You

Heavenly Father, please hold these I love as they sleep. Bless them with peace that surpasses understanding, sow in them hope that can not be put out, grow in them dreams and visions for their future and protect them with your unconditional love. Amen.

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For the Hope of Tomorrow

Now, I lay me down to rest, I thank the Lord; my life is blessed. I have my family and my home and freedom, should I choose to roam. My days are filled with skies of blue, my nights are filled with sweet dreams, too. I’ve no reason to beg or plead. I have been given all I need. Beneath the subtle moonlit glow I thank the Lord, so He will know how grateful I am for my life in times of glory and of strife.

The times of glory give me hope, the times of strife teach me to cope. Thus, I am much stronger in turn, yet grounded, still, with much to learn. Now, I lay me down to rest. I thank the Lord; I’ve passed the test of yet another day on earth, grateful for its abundant worth. This day has been a special dream from morning ‘til the last moonbeam. Yet, should the coming dawn bring sorrow, I’ll rise, thankful I’ve reached tomorrow.

Jill Eisnaugle

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For Your Child

Heavenly Father, up above, please bless this child that I love. Let her sleep all through the night and may her dreams be pure delight. When she wakes, be by her side so she can feel your love inside. As she grows, please don't let go so she will know you hold her soul. Amen.

Kim Lugo

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For Those Unrestful Nights

Dear Father in Heaven, here, safe with you, I drink in your peace. Help me to sift through the many experiences, feelings and thoughts I have encountered today. I allow myself to rest, to wind down and to be still. Help me to surrender all I am to you, my fatigue, my concerns, my hopes and fears. As I sleep tonight, I choose to hold your hand. I choose to live with you. I choose to believe, I choose to trust, I choose you always. Amen.

Julie Palmer

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For Those Worrying Times

Lord Jesus, please cleanse my thoughts of anger and worry. I know that worry is not your will for me. Please provide for all my needs as you promise in your word. I give to you all my fears, cares and troubles, as you have told me to do. Bring peace and comfort to my heart and help me to rest in you and have peace. Forgive me of any sins I have committed today and fill my heart with your love.

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