Now I lay me down to sleep… that is the beginning of a prayer I used to say as a little girl.
“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
I was not a Christian nor were my mother or father and yet my mother had me say this prayer every night. Those words were meaningless to me at the time except for making me wonder if I would live to see morning. In this prayer the reference is to “the Lord”.. not personal as in “my Lord”. In Psalm 23:1 David speaks of “the Lord” but he qualifies it by adding “is my Shepherd”.. David’s faith is personal.
I didn’t think about this prayer for a very long time but now I am a Christian and lately it has come back to me. When I go to bed I pray “Now I lay me down to sleep, I ask you Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I ask you Lord my soul to take.” Addressing him personally and trusting that I am in his hands.
Who knows what the day will bring?
Trusting in Him..