PRAYERS BEFORE SLEEP
Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
(Supplicatory prayers corresponding to 24 hours of the day)
Orthodox Prayer Book
Day
Lord, deprive me not of Thy heavenly joys. Lord, deliver me from eternal torments.
Lord, if I have sinned in mind or thought, in word or deed, forgive me. Lord, deliver
me from all ignorance, forgetfulness, cowardice and stony insensibility. Lord,
deliver me from every temptation. Lord, enlighten my heart which evil desires have
darkened. Lord, I being human have sinned, but Thou being the generous God,
have mercy on me, knowing the sickness of my soul. Lord, send Thy grace to my
help, that I may glorify Thy holy Name. Lord Jesus Christ, write me Thy servant in
the Book of Life, and grant me a good end. O Lord my God, even though I have
done nothing good in Thy sight, yet grant me by Thy grace to make a good start.
Lord, sprinkle into my heart the dew of Thy grace. Lord of heaven and earth
remember me, Thy sinful servant, shameful and unclean, in Thy Kingdom. Amen.
Night
O Lord, accept me in penitence. O Lord, leave me not. O Lord, lead me not into
temptation. O Lord, grant me good thoughts. O Lord, grant me tears and
remembrance of death and compunction. O Lord, grant me the thought of
confessing my sins. O Lord, grant me humility, chastity and obedience. O Lord,
grant me patience, courage and meekness. O Lord, plant in me the root of all
blessings, the fear of Thee in my heart. O Lord, grant me to love Thee with all my
mind and soul, and always to do Thy will. O Lord, protect me from certain people,
and demons, and passions, and from every other harmful thing. O Lord, Thou
knowest that Thou actest as Thou wilt; may Thy will be also in me, a sinner, for
blessed art Thou for ever. Amen.