Are you one of the many Christians who suffer from nightmares? If so, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are a number of devout prayers that can help prevent and ease nightmares.
Often, our minds can imagine vast scenarios while we sleep. When these are dreams of our favorite things and the people we love, it is easy to ignore. However, when these dreams are nightmares, they can be disconcerting and upsetting. Prayer is an effective way to rid yourself of the panic of nightmares and return to peaceful sleep. We hope that these prayers will provide you with some comfort and peace of mind.
The following prayers can help if you or someone you care about struggles with nightmares. Humbly offer them to God and He will help.
Let us pray.
If you’re going to bed and you’re worried about having a nightmare – share a short bedtime prayer for protection.
Short Prayer Against Nightmares
Father in Heaven,
I come before You humbly today to ask for help with a matter that is important to me. As I lay down to sleep, please help me find peace and comfort.
Protect my dreams from evil influences, fear, and anxiety. I pray that You will help me have peaceful, refreshing dreams that will remind me of Your love for me.
I pray that I will awake ready to face a bright new day.
If you are struggling to find restful sleep, you might offer the Lord a spiritual warfare prayer for sleep.
Prayer to Stop Nightmares
Thank You for using Your power to save me from temptation and sin. I am so grateful for the help You pour out over me every day.
Today, I pray that You will stop my nightmares. These terrible imaginings are causing stress and anxiety. They make it difficult for me to rest and recharge. I need Your power to calm my mind and help me return to peaceful sleep.
I pray that You will help remove the underlying anxieties and fears that could be causing these nightmares. Give me patience with me and help me have hope for the future that invites fresh dreams.
I pray that You will give peace to my mind that will banish nightmares. Help me forget the mistakes of the peace and move forward with hope and faith. Help me have pleasant dreams of the beautiful things in this world.
I offer this prayer in Your name, Amen.
Prayer for Child Having Nightmares
Dear Father in Heaven,
Thank You for the blessing that my child is in my life. I am honored to care for and love them. I am grateful for the lessons in love and patience they teach me.
Father, today my child is struggling and I pray that You will send Your angels to help. My child is struggling with nightmares that make it difficult for them to sleep. They are afraid and their mind is full of anxiety.
I pray that You will send comfort to my child so they will know these nightmares cannot hurt them. Send Your spirit of comfort to their side, so they can know they are not alone. Please help my child’s minds be cleared so they can close their eyes, rest, and regain their energy.
Please help my child know that You are always there for them. Help them know how much I love and care for them.
I close this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ,
You could also offer up a prayer for children’s protection.
Prayer for Protection from Nightmares
Holy God Above,
I am so grateful to know that You can protect me from the slings and arrows of this world.
Today I pray that You will bestow Your power upon my head. Protect me from nightmares and terrors of the night.
Help my mind find clarity as I close my eyes to sleep. Help my mind release anxieties and fears from the day. Help me reflect on the peace of Jesus Christ and the blessings You have given me in my life.
I pray that as I sleep, I will have calming rest. I pray that I will awake re-energized and ready to face what the world will throw at me. I know that the greatest peace in this life can be found through devotion to You and Your divine plan.
I offer this humble prayer in Your name, Amen.
Bible Verses to Pray Against Bad Dreams
Reciting scripture is a powerful way to chase away nightmares and invite God’s Holy Spirit to give You comfort while You rest. The following prayer demonstrates the use of powerful scriptures to invoke God’s peace.
Today I struggle with nightmares, and I pray that You will use Your divine strength to protect me. As Psalm 91:1-2 says, “[The Lord] alone is my refuge…Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night.” Because I trust in You, God, I know these nightmares cannot harm me.
God, I know that You will protect me and watch over me. As Psalm 4:8 says, “In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Holy God, in Proverbs 3:24, You teach that as I rest I need not and will not be afraid. I pray that You will watch over me and help me trust Your power to bring comfort into my life.
Prayer Against Nightmares
You who keep watch over all of us by night as well as by day, I come before you tonight to beseech your protection as I sleep tonight.
Nightmares haunt my dreams. The evil of this fear even prevents me from sleeping. Hold me close dear Father and carry me to a peaceful and happy sleep, safe in Your love.
I ask this in the name of Your son Jesus Christ,
Nightmare Prayer Before Bed
Oh, Holy Father in Heaven,
Please keep me safe tonight as I sleep.
Please keep the monsters and fears away from me.
Please protect me from any harm that may come to me in my dreams.
Prayer To Stop Nightmares
Let my prayer for deliverance from nightmares be answered, O Lord.
Deliver me from the terror of the night and protect me from all fears. Help me to sleep in peace and safety, free from all dark imaginings, so that I may awake refreshed and restored.
Prayer For After A Nightmare
Oh, Holy Father in Heaven,
I come to you weary and tired after a nightmare to ask for healing and peace.
Please help me to find rest and comfort in Your arms. Help me to know that You are always watching over me even as I sleep. Shine Your light upon me as I fall back asleep.
Prayer Against Bad Dreams in the Bible
Holy Father in Heaven,
I am so grateful to know that You care for e in everything that I do. I trust Your divine will and plan for my life and I yield to Your desires.
I know that the greatest comfort that can be found in life can be found through You. In fact, in 1 Peter 5:7, we read that we “can cast all of our anxieties upon [You] because [You] care.”
Today, a struggle I have with which I need Your divine intervention is my nightmares. I need these nightmares to pass so I can rest and wake up ready to go about following Jesus Christ.
I ask that, as You did in 2 Thessalonians 3:16, You will give me “peace in every way.”
Father, I trust that You have the power to take away my nightmares and grant me peace of mind instead. I know You care about me and want me to be happy.
As the Bible says in Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”
I offer this prayer in Jesus Christ’s sacred name, Amen.
Submit Your Prayer
Have your prayer for nightmares submitted all over the world:
Bible Verses for Nightmares
If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. – Proverbs 3:24
Many Christians find comfort in prayer when they are struggling with bad dreams or nightmares. This Bible verse from Proverbs is a reminder that God is always with us, even in our darkest moments.
When we lie down to sleep, we can rest assured that He will protect us from harm. Our sleep will be sweet and free from fear because we know that God is watching over us.
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day – Psalm 91:5
Psalm 91 is a prayer for protection from harm, both physical and spiritual. In verse 5, the psalmist asks for protection from the “terror of the night” and the “arrow that flies by day.”
This can be interpreted to mean that we should pray for protection from both worldly dangers and the spiritual dangers that lurk in the darkness. By asking for God’s protection, we can rest assured that He will keep us safe from all harm. This includes protecting us from nightmares and other scary dreams, which can be a source of great fear and anxiety.