A: Like the parable of the long spoons, which I discussed recently, this is also a famous spiritual gem whose origins are obscure. Some say it is an Old English prayer, but I am not sure. The language is not Old English-y enough. The most convincing theory comes from a visitor to an Internet site Glory to God for All Things, brings up commenter Anam Cara, who offers this learned suggestion:. However, Cara writes that the above version is a combination of two prayers. Some have also tried to blunt the fear of death in this prayer by adding one additional line to the short version:. In my searches I found an interesting but unsubstantiated factoid: that President John Adams said this prayer every night before he went to sleep. I say this prayer often at night.
Psalm Four: Hear My Prayer O God; “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.”
This prayer has become a part of human history, being shortened, lengthened and adapted to various circumstances and seasons. No amount of worry or toiling will achieve the peace and rest we experience in Christ. The Lord is the keeper of our souls.
Origins of the ‘Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep’ Prayer
A Christian child's prayer is Christian prayer recited primarily by children that is typically short, rhyming, or has a memorable tune. It is usually said before bedtime, to give thanks for a meal, or as a nursery rhyme. Many of these prayers are either quotes from the Bible, or set traditional texts. While termed "Christian child's prayer", the examples here are almost exclusively used and promoted by Protestants. Catholic and Orthodox Christians have their own set of children's prayers, often invoking Mary, Mother of Jesus , angels, or the saints , and including a remembrance of the dead. Amen More recent variants: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; Guide me, Jesus, through the night and wake me with the morning light Amen Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; Keep me safe through the night and wake me with the morning light If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
Over the years it's become one of the best-loved rhymes ever written:. I remember saying it every night when I was a little girl, after I'd settled into my bed. The words were so familiar to me that I mistakenly thought they came directly from the Bible. But though it expresses a Christian desire for God's care, the poem itself is not a Scripture verse.