Monday Vitamins: Adult lessons from a child’s bedtime prayer

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In my little bed I lie

In my little bed I lie:
Heavenly Father, hear my cry;
Lord, keep Thou me through this night.
Bring me safe to morning light. Amen

The prayer above is another bedtime prayer I learned as a child and, like the one which was the focus of last Monday’s blog post, this prayer also holds lessons for adults.

Let us begin with the first line, In my little bed I lie. There are times when the most applicable word for our “beds,” that is, the circumstances of our lives is “straits,” defined as, “close fitting: constricted, tight; causing distress;” “a situation of perplexity or distress: difficult.” Sometimes our circumstances can even aptly be described as “dire straits.” Indeed, there are seasons when we, appropriately, can rewrite this line as, “In my close fitting, constricted, tight, distress producing, perplexing circumstances I lie.”

Heavenly Father, hear my cry. We can never be reminded too often that Elohim, Adonai, Jehovah, the Omnipotent One, is our heavenly Father. Selah. He made us His children because He chose to do so and the truth that He is our Father is reiterated numerous times in His written Word. Here are a few:

“6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:6-9, NKJV)

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” (Romans 8:14-17, NKJV)

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2, KJV)

I am thankful that He is not a neglectful Father but our loving Father Who knows our every need and provides for us.

Lord, keep Thou me through this night Isaiah 50:10. The night seasons of life are periods of difficulty and pain, times when are our heavenly Father can seem absent. In the night seasons, as well as in every season of life, we need Him to keep us because our human abilities can take us only so far. Some night seasons can quickly and totally deplete our strength and outlast whatever finite resources we possess. We can cry out, “Lord, keep Thou me through this night” and be confident, rest assured that He will. He, is our Keeper, our Protector (Psalm 121:5). He encourages us to trust Him and rely on Him in dark times and we have His promise that He is with us always (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).

Bring me safe to morning light. Amen. The One who exists outside of time, keeps time for us, and has an appointed time when our night seasons will end. And when they do, He will bring us safely into the mornings of life. And ultimately, into the light of eternity where, as lyrics from the song, “No more night” remind us, there will be

No more night, no more pain
No more tears, never crying again
And praises to the great, “I AM”
We will live in the light of the risen Lamb



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