Proverbs 3:24, Jewish Bible, “When you lie down you will be unafraid; You will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”

I am very  interested in the Jewish culture. I guess it makes me feel connected to God in a different way.

One of the books I’m currently reading has this thing called the Ha’mapil (The One who casts) in it. I had no idea that the Hebrew people had bedtime prayers.

Before we go to sleep at night, if we think over the day, or who we need to forgive, or ask for forgiveness for ourselves, and/or pray before we fall asleep, that sort of sets us up for a good night’s sleep.

Well, the Jewish people have this prayer that I wanted to share with you. It’s in 3 parts.

The first part says:

Blessed are You, our God, gracious One, Keeper of the world,

who makes my eyes sleepy my eyelids to close,

God of those who came before me,

Help me lie down peacefully and rise up peacefully.

While I sleep, may I not be disturbed by troubling ideas,

bad dreams, or scary thoughts that come to me in the night

May my sleep bring both rest and insight.

Blessed are You, God, for illuminating the whole world in glorious ways.

Part 2 of the prayer is the familiar Sh’ma that is known to many Jews and non Jews also. Taken from Deuteronomy 6:4, the Sh’ma is the core statement of Jewish belief and loyalty:

Here, O, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.

The third part is called the “Angel’s prayer”, because it calls upon God to send angels to protect us in the night.

In the name of the Lord, God of Israel;

May the angel Michael be at my right side, and at my left side Gabriel,

before me Uriel, behind me Raphael,

and above my head, Shekhinah El God’s presence.

While these might seem childlike in nature, we should remember what Jesus said in               Luke 18:17, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by not means enter it.”

Child-like faith is pleasing to God and that kind of faith gives us access to His presence.

This is part of our heritage, it is something that has been lost to the church of this century. I think returning to some of our Jewish roots would be a pretty good thing. What do you think?

God bless you today and always!