And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen
What was I thinking as a young child as I was saying that nighttime prayer?
“Good night mom, if I don’t croak I’ll be seeing you tomorrow morning.”
Not surprisingly, newer versions of this prayer leave out the dying part. For instance,
…Angels watch me through the night and wake me in the morning light. Amen
Indeed, angels do watch over us and I know God does have me wrapped in his loving arms, so I am ready for anything. Even a good nights sleep.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try thanking God for filling you with peace and expect it to happen.