Do you say bedtime prayers? I am more likely to pray in the morning. I spend most of the time I am walking/jogging praying–gratitude, intercessions, for God’s leadership and wisdom. We pray before our meals. And I do pray most nights with the kids before bed. (Sometimes they out last me and Jeff tucks them in, there are some nights I completely crash.) I grew up saying Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Jesus Tender Shepherd, and the Lord’s Prayer. I say those with my kids. But lately I have been saying a special prayer for each of them. Each child gets a variation of this:
Dear God, Be with **** tonight. Fill their dreams with wonderful ___ and help them feel safe. Help his/her body grow tonight and be healthy…without hurting (because lots of growing pains lately). Thank you for keeping **** safe all day and be with them tomorrow. We thank you for ****’s special talents______. We ask you to forgive them for ____ and help them do _____ better tomorrow. Fill his/her brain with ____, the heart with ____, and their day with _____. In Jesus’ name, Amen. We are usually asking for patience, compassion, wisdom, love, all sorts of things.
It has been great. Each child really responds to this kind of individual, personal attention. I still think learning the other prayers are important, but I think they feel a closer relationship to Jesus this way. What songs and prayers are in your home?