How We Pray: Bedtime

Lots of great comments on mealtime prayers. It is great to hear how families develop creative ideas to show their devotion to God. We’ve found prayers to be the common thread in our busy lives that keep us close, focused, and in sync with God.

A bit less common than mealtime prayers are bedtime prayers, but still common in many families. We pray every night before retiring to bed. It is a tradition we are extremely loyal to, and here’s why.

We will gather on our couches and chairs, start with Dad, move to Cynthia through all the children, and end with Mom. Even the youngest child, Zech, prays. No one knows what he says, but he does mumble something in prayer, and we trust the Lord understands. After Mom says the last petition, we chant a blessing:

“God bless Mommy, Daddy, Alicia, Alissa, Cynthia, Lydia, Isaiah, Micah, Noah, Tabitha, Keilah, Hannah, Josiah, Havilah, Joshua, Priscilla, Zechariah, Elijah, Isaak and Forest.”

We then kiss one another and head off to bed. The teenagers usually stick around and converse with the parents and each other for a while longer. We value the winding down of the day, the blessed unity in our family, and the refreshing reminder that God is the foundational Lord in our lives.

Do you prayer nightly? If not, we strongly recommend you starting. Let us know how it goes!

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Sarah Leonard

    We do our family devotion time right before bed and include our bedtime prayers then.  It has been amazing to see how many times we have prayed over a particular issue without seeing an answer.  But when we bring it into our bedtime prayer time and include our children in the prayers the amazing answers we see!  The faith of a child…

  • Lilpeasinmypodfromgod

    I LOVE this and I am gonna steal the idea!! Thank you

  • Shelly Shown

    As a family we read the Bible, do a short devotional, and then pray every night before bed. We just started the end of last year but it is already a favorite of both parents and children!

  • Teresa Carstens

    Could someone explain what a devotional is and an example of one your family does? Thanks! 

    • Chris Jeub

      I would say a “devotional” could include a scripture reading, a chapter from a book, a discussion among the family.

      • Philip Hardo

        One family of God from USA to UK

        We also do the similar thing every night at 9.30 pm. We start by saying: Lord you said whenever 2 or more are gathered in my name I will be with them (Mathew 18:20)…Lord you are with us now….Then we read sections from the Arabic Bible. We then say the Lord prayer in Syriac and few
        other small inspirational thoughts followed by a general prayer for all the
        family members including the elders. Then we conclude by saying a special prayer for the troubled Syria…..we conclude by saying Bless us all Amen.

        We all share and take part in this reflective moment when we feel that Jesus is with us.

        We spend more time in this session over the weekend.

        Good night and God bless

  • Vixthemom

    We are seriously lacking in this department. We do tend to pray with the children at their beds before the fall asleep. But meeting nightly is just not a habit we have developed.

    • Chris Jeub

       It’s a very good habit, if you can discipline yourselves to do it. It is a great way to wind down the day.

  • Huisvrou

     Ah, we have family devotions before bedtime. The only time we as a family can get restful together. What, with dad leaving early morning and only getting home again after dark. This is so special to us all. We also take turns.

  • Liz

    We pray before bed, too. Last night, my oldest daughter ended with “And thank you for the baby growing in Mommy’s tummy.”  Made me cry a little. :’-)

  • Dawn Huffmaster

    What a lovely tradition! As our own family grows these types of memories become even more  important to us, and I appreciate you sharing about your family!

  • Darlene

    We read/recite 1 chapter or Scripture (or large portion) together (by doing this daily for 4 mo. or so we all easily memorize that portion – takes only 2-3 minutes). Then we read a chapter from Scripture in another book where we are reading consecutively through the Bible. Everyone chooses a favorite verse while reading followed by a discussion led by Dad. Prayer time follows. We take turns also.