bedtime prayers

Laura - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any great bedtime prayers? We usually pray "Now I lay me..." or the Lord's prayer, but would like to mix things up a bit.

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Anne - posted on 07/31/2010

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When our daughters were just learning how to Pray my husband and I were but off by the "IF I should die before I wake" part of the traditional "Now I lay me down to sleep type Prayer. we found this version when a friend made a wall hanging for our oldest.

Now I lay me down to sleep
I Pray The Lore my soul to keep
Guide me safely through the night
Wake me with the morning light.

Misty - posted on 08/01/2010

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our daughter is 1 and since birth we have prayed every night with her. (she obviously doesnt understand) but it gets her in the routine bath, story, prayer, and bed. my husband holds her and we pray as a family. she of course sometimes talks and we just say that she is praying to or shouting out a hearty Amen lol. my husband and i didnt have Christian backgrounds and we always agreed on raising our kids and the main thing was prayer bc of the importance. we will always pray from the heart that way she can learn to hopefully one day appreciate the blessings that she receives. we also have childrens prayer books that we read from. children are very smart and you will be surprised at what they pray for...keep the tissues by lol. good luck and God Bless!!

Tyneisha - posted on 07/31/2010

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I'd just let them say what they want to say. Prayer is so important and when they are young is the best time to teach them to pray on their own with their own words. I'd teach them to thank God in their prayers for what he's done as well for what he will do. Teach them to make their needs known to him, and pray for others and end in thanking him again.

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Ann - posted on 08/04/2013

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We did a version of the ACT prayer. We would say things we loved about Jesus, " Jesus I love you because you are such a great big brother". We then moved on to " I'm sorry I talked back to mommy today." "Thank you for a good day at school". Before the children could do this, we stuck with "God Bless" and singing Jesus Loves Me. Before that, it was just singing Jesus love me.

A_m_b_hall - posted on 08/02/2013

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From 1-6.5 years, my daughter prayed "Thank you God for a good day." And then, she could add anything else she was thankful for or people she wanted a blessing for.
Now, she prays "Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace." Again, she can add more if she wishes. And sometimes she still says the "baby" one.

Stacey - posted on 08/02/2010

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There is no formula to praying. God wants to hear what we have to say. we pray thanksgiving, what we are thankful for, then pray for others. Also we ask the Lord too for forgiveness..we ask for him to search our hearts and to help u see where we go wrong : ) u can say what u want to the Lord, he knows our hearts already..he just wants to hear from us : )

Rebekah - posted on 07/31/2010

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Read a Scripture each night and then pray it back to God! That's what I do with my son, great way to help to reinforce memorization of the Bible.

Or create a 'Thanks Bank" - have your kid draw a picture or write down something they are thankful for and then pull them at the end of the day and pray a prayer of thanksgiving.

Or Rebus Prayer Poems, use pictures for the words in parentheses in this prayer:

"We thank You, God, for daily (bread) For (apples) and (cherries) red; For (milk) and (ice cream), special treats, For all the things so good to eat; For (cheese) and (meat) that makes us strong, We thank You, God, the whole day long."

Dear God, you made the (sun) so bright, The (moon) and (stars) to shine at night, The pretty (flowers) and the (trees) so tall; We thank You that You made them all.

You can even do this with Scripture verses as well and turn them into a prayer.

Carla - posted on 07/31/2010

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How old are your little ones? This might be a good time to start teaching them prayers from the heart. Children feel to a depth we have forgotten, and you might be blown away by what they come up with. Don't try to limit them, if they want to pray for the dog, let them pray for the dog. Make sure they hit all their siblings, grama and grampa, etc.



God bless, honey

Stephanie Jo - posted on 07/31/2010

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My family and I also say Now I lay me holding hands than each of us says a prayer out loud.

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