Proverbs 3:24-26 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Do you remember the little prayer you heard when you were a child? “Now I lay me down to sleep, Pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take, Amen.” What a comforting prayer for a child.
However, have you ever thought of using this prayer for an adult? When an unsaved person is alone, when there are no friends hooting and screaming, and all the activities have died down, what goes through their mind? I remember when I lived that way. Often I would wonder, “what if I would die tonight in my sleep?” What if the house caught on fire, and I didn’t make it out? What if someone broke in, and killed me? The people I hung out with were not always the nicest people. As far as that goes, neither was I. What if one of them got drunk, or high, and came to get even for something I said, or did? Where was I going after death? This simple little prayer can haunt an unsaved person.
This prayer, in all its sweetness, is not a salvation prayer. It never asks for forgiveness of sin. It never shows repentance for sin. It’s a fine children’s prayer before the age of accountability. As for an adult, we first must ask God to save us. Acknowledge that we are sinners, and ask God to forgive us. Invite Him to come into our heart, and dwell in us. Then when we lie down, we can sleep in sweet restful confidence that God is watching over us. Then, no matter what happens in the night, when we die we will be with Him.
Saved adults might need to change the prayer a little to say, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I know the Lord my soul doth keep. If I should die before I wake, I know the Lord my soul will take. AMEN!”
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