Down Memory Lane: A Child’s Prayer

“Now I lay me down to sleep… “Yes, that’s how the popular children’s prayer starts. Starting this prayer means that it’s bed time. We were to get down on our knees with our hands together in reverence to God as we prepared for a great nights rest.

“I pray the Lord my soul to keep…” the prayer continues. We didn’t know what that meant, but we were asking God to keep us. Keep us from hurt, harm and danger. Keep us from the evils of this world. Keep our minds. Keep our bodies and keep our souls pure like him. Sometimes that even meant keeping us from ourselves.

“If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take…” If for some reason I didn’t make it through the night, Lord take me to heaven with you. My pure soul belongs to you and I want to be where you are.

Then we would say, “ God bless…” and go down the list of who we wanted God to bless. We prayed this prayer nightly and as soon as we finished, we got in the bed and went straight to sleep.

Here it is 20+ years later and we still remember our prayer like it was yesterday. Some of us still saying that same prayer, while others not praying at all. Then we wonder why our minds are unsettled and sleep doesn’t seem to fall on us.

We forgot our fundamentals. As children we may not have realized how important this prayer is, but as adults we should have no problem seeing it’s importance in our lives.

“Now I lay me down to sleep…” God we have had a long day. We are tired, stressed out, in pain and at our wits ends. Despite all we are enduring, we are coming to you as humbly as we know how to give us rest. Allow us to lay comfortably down to sleep. Lay without pain and anguish. Lay without heartache expecting to be able to sleep.

“I pray the Lord my soul to keep…” Lord keep me when I don’t have sense enough to keep myself. Keep me from misery. Keep me from anything that is unlike you. We have not because we ask not, so we are asking you to keep us. If you shall keep us, we shall be kept.

“If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take…” If it is in your will for me to live no more, know that I am your servant and I’m asking you to open the flood gates of Heaven. Allow me to be hurt free, pain free, fatigue free, sickness free, medicine free. Give me a clear heart and elevate me as you see fit.

“God bless..” everyone that will read this. Give them the faith to believe your word and realize it does not come back void. God bless their going and coming. God bless their homes, finances and family. Bless them with renewed strength, peace and your joy. Bless them in deed.

God, allow all who read this to remember their childhood prayer and give them the same yearning to go before you every night in prayer.

We can’t keep thinking God should do for us like we are entitled and we can’t even go before him in prayer. You are standing in between you and your breakthrough, your great rest and your healing.

As you go to sleep, don’t forget to go before your God in prayer!

Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake; I pray the Lord my soul to take. God bless you all!!!!!


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