We pray to God because we depend on Him for everything. When we go to work and need strength and wisdom to be excellent in our work, we pray to God for His grace to have strength and wisdom. This is because God is the ultimate source of everything on which we depend. The same goes for our toddlers; we may do our best as parents to take care of our toddlers, but ultimately, God looks after them.
Father in heaven, as we go to sleep, I dedicate to You my toddlers and entrust their well-being to You. I know You are the One who takes care of and protects them in their sleep. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Why do I have to pray for my toddlers?
We pray for our toddlers before we go to sleep because, as mentioned above, we should depend on God for everything, even when it comes to caring for our kids. While we may qualify for the best parent award, that doesn’t mean we can be there for our toddlers 24/7 at every minute and second and come to their rescue or be on constant watch for any harm that may come upon them. Only God, who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and omnipresent, can do that for them. Hence, we pray to God for our toddlers before we go to sleep.
We should pray and depend on God regarding the well-being of our toddlers before we go to sleep because the Bible commands us to do so. In 1 Peter 5:6-7, it is written that we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cast to Him all our burdens and cares. If we are humble, we will not be proud to take up things on our own. Rather, we will acknowledge that we need God and entrust everything to Him, even when it comes to the well-being of our toddlers. Our response to being humble before God is casting our cares and burden on Him because God cares about us.
As a parent, obviously, you have worries and anxieties for your toddlers a lot of the time. However, God invites us to offer those concerns to Him because He also cares about us. In Philippians 4:6-7, the Bible tells us to present our prayer requests to God. There, His peace, which transcends all understanding, shall guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We can have peace, no matter what worries we have regarding our toddlers, because we have prayed to God.
Of course, you must still take care of your toddlers, make sure that they are ready to sleep, the doors to your home are locked, and that everything is secure as you go to sleep. However, ultimately, it is God who will look after not just your toddlers but your entire family.
Father in heaven, I thank You because You are our heavenly Father who does not want us to take our cares and concerns into our own hands and bear the burden alone. Rather, You are a caring Father who wants us to cast our cares and concerns to You. Thank You because I can come before Your throne and present all these prayer requests because of what Christ did on the cross for me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How do I say a goodnight prayer for my toddlers?
You say a goodnight prayer for your toddlers by considering what your concerns are about them for the night. Is it them being able to sleep soundly without any disturbances? Is it safety for them, so that no one will break into your house and try to harm them? Is it for them not to cry at night so that everyone in the house can get some sleep? Whatever cares or concerns you have for your toddlers, jot them down to remember them, and present those as your prayer requests to God, as shown in the example below:
Father in heaven, I pray that my toddlers will be comfortable in their beds as they sleep. Comfort them, Father, so that they shall not cry and will be able to keep on sleeping. May they sleep soundly tonight, which will help them in their growth. Keep them and our house safe from any malicious intent, like theft or vandalism. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Proverbs 22:6 says that we are to raise and train our children in the way of God so that they may know Christ and become godly men and women. One of the things we teach them is how to pray. Before going to sleep, it is a good idea to pray as an example to your toddlers and have them repeat after you as you pray. The prayer that you say should be offered from the toddlers’ perspective. Since they are toddlers, the prayer must be simple and short. Below is a good example:
Father God, keep Mommy, Daddy, and us safe as we sleep. We pray that we will have a good sleep. Refresh us and give us energy for tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Being able to pray to God and cast your cares and burdens to Him is a privilege that we only have because of what Christ did for us on the cross. Ephesians 2:14-16 states that Christ tore down the dividing wall of hostility between God and us and reconciled us to Him. Because of that, through Christ, we can receive forgiveness, eternal life, and adoption into God’s family, where we become new creatures with the desire to live fully for God.