Prayers at Night

The days are ending earlier than they were in June. The fireflies are out by seven o’clock, just as the Wareham Gatemen begin playing baseball down the street; by eight, my home and yard are in shadow, and the baseball game only continues because the floodlights make it possible. TV screens glow in houses on my street, and animal noises take back the neighborhood. Soon it will be time to give the day back to God, close my eyes, and fall asleep…

A Prayer for Children

Lord Jesus Christ, you received the children who came to you, receive also from the lips of your child this evening prayer. Shelter me under the protection of your wings that I may lie down in peace and sleep. Awaken me in due time that I may glorify you, for you alone are good and love all people.

A Prayer for Adults

Lord our God, whatever sins I have committed this day, in word, deed or thought, forgive me, for you are good and love all people. Grant me a peaceful and undisturbed sleep. Protect me from every abuse and plot of the evil one. Raise me up in due time that I may glorify you, for you are blessed, together with your only begotten Son, and your all holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

when ready for sleep, say:

Under the protection of your wings I shall be covered and fall asleep, for in you only, Lord, does my hope lie.

All Prayers are from Daily Prayers for Orthodox Christians (N. Michael Vaporis, ed.; Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek School of Theology, trans; Brookline, Massachusetts: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1986, 2010 reprint), pp. 19, 23

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Johnna

I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

2 thoughts on “Prayers at Night”

  1. Great prayers, thanks, Johnna. John Cotter’s “Prayers at Night’s Approaching” has some good ones as well–I particularly like his ending BLESSING for Monday night: “FRIEND and Lover, bless us and keep us; Light of the world, shine on our faces; Transfigured Yeshua, lift us to glory. May the darkness of night deepen and dazzle.” and Friday’s: “THE blessing of God, the shalom of God, the wildness and the warmth of God, be among us and between us, now and always.”

    1. Hi Bill! What wonderful prayers! They would be a wonderful series for the blog (if you feel inclined to meditate on them…) Peace and Thanks! Johnna

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