My husband and I led a course about prayer the other evening and one of the questions for discussion was, “Who taught you how to pray?” This brought to mind my first prayer, and the first prayer most of us learned as children:
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.
At some point in my childhood, I realized what I was saying, “If I should die before I wake…” As a child, this scared me. I thought it meant that there was a good chance I could die in my sleep. After that epiphany, I began to just ask for blessings for all of the people in my life.
When I was much older (pre-teen) I begged my parents to let me watch a scary movie. Of course, I had nightmares for weeks afterward and probably didn’t get any sleep for the first several days.
Then, as an adult, sleep escaped me for several decades. My mind was always working, always racing, never content, never at ease. I had to take sleeping pills for years just to be able to function. Something happened at some point and now I’m able to fall asleep more easily. I like to think it’s a God thing.
Bible Verse of the Day
If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Proverbs 3:24 ESV
“Free from distracting cares and terrors, which ofttimes haunt sinners even in their sleep, because thy mind shall be composed and serene through the sense of God’s favour and providence, and the conscience of thine own integrity.” (Matthew Poole, 1624-1679).
Father – please help believers experience sweet sleep. So many suffer from insomnia, anxiety, busy minds, or illness that prevents a good night’s rest. Father, please help Your children who are exhausted, fatigued, and weary. Please give them rest; rejuvenate them. We are so thankful that we can rest in Your precious love, Father. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.