Help Your Child Overcome Bad Dreams

Sleep. We need it to live yet it’s constantly something we fight to get. I never knew how much I loved to sleep until my first child was born.

Sleeping in 2-hour increments was not ideal. You finally get past the first year of no sleep and then you are being woken up for different reasons.

Is your child faced with nightmares? It’s so tough to see your children scared at night. How can we help them find peace and sleep!? Keep reading to find 7 effective scriptures to overcome bad dreams!

“Mommy!! MOMMMY! I’m scared! Is the monster going to get me?”

Child comes running into your room for the 100th time that night. “Can you please sleep with me? I don’t want to be alone.”

“But I’m not tired. I need water. What if I have another bad dream?”

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Does your child fight sleep because of bad dreams or nightmares? Here are 7 effective scriptures to overcome bad dreams. Find peaceful sleep with kids by praying these bible verses together! Plus free printable scripture cards for kids!

As parents, we’ve all faced sleepless nights and as the years go by it’s for different reasons. It’s so hard to know what sleep training method to follow (read our baby & toddler sleep method) and whether you are doing the right thing.

Should you punish them for getting out of their bed 20x a time? Try positive reinforcement? Pray and hope they don’t have a nightmare.

How do we overcome our children’s bad dreams and help them feel safe in their rooms?

Using Prayer to Overcome Night Time Anxiety 

As Christians, we know there is power in prayer. God’s word is alive and sharper than a double-edged sword. So instead of focusing on the scary dreams or pretend monsters, try focusing on who God is.

Teach your children how much He loves them! To do this you can share with your children what His word says. In it we find promises, like He will keep us safe and send His angels to watch over us. I’ve found power and comfort when I’ve used these scriptures to guide my prayers.

So how do you pray these powerful words? Here is an example of how to pray scripture:

Scripture reference: Psalm 91:11 + Psalm 4:8

Prayer: Lord thank you for this day. Thank you that you send your angels to watch over ____ (child’s name). Keep her/him safe. Help _____ (child’s name) to lie down in peace and sleep for you are our strength and you always watch over us. Thank you Lord for your protection. Give us sweet dreams this night. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Does your child fight sleep because of bad dreams or nightmares? Here are 7 effective scriptures to overcome bad dreams. Find peaceful sleep with kids by praying these bible verses together!

To make it kid friendly I’ve created 7 scripture cards. You can bring them out and read them together with your children. They remind your children of God’s promises and protection.

You could even hang them in your children’s room. I love displaying my scripture cards on clip frames like these

Read over the cards with your children and even give them a chance to pray! You will be amazed at how quickly they can learn scripture with a little repetition. 

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3 FREE Scripture Cards for Kids! Use these as prayers against bad dreams.

So now I’d love to hear from you. How does your family handle bad dreams? Have you done anything unique that helped your child? Share with me in the comments below.

7 Effective Scriptures to Overcome Bad Dreams

Scripture #1: God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (NKJV)

Scripture #2: When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 

Scripture #3: For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

Scripture #4: Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

Scripture #5: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Scripture #6: I will both lie down in peace and sleep. For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Scripture #7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 (NKJV) FREE scripture cards for kids!

FREE SCRIPTURE CARDS TO PRINT DOWNLOAD HERE

How do you handle bad dreams in your house? We’d love to hear how your family rests with a peaceful sleep in the comments below!

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Prayers for bedtime! Here are scriptures to pray over your children for sweet dreams and to overcome bad dreams. Print out the scripture cards and hang them up!

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14 Comments

    1. I’m just now finding this as a idea but I’ve been putting the Bible open to any page under my child’s pillow and never a bad dream but my bad dreams from my childhood are back trying to find peace for me as well as him

  1. I had to read these for myself, I am sixteen and still having some problems with dreaming. This helped me and really brought me some comfort.

  2. I woke up in the middle of the night scared because I had a very bad dream. theses verses and the prayer made me feel safe and allowed my trust in god to be secured thank you and may god bless you and your family.

  3. First of all Thanks to above all heavenly Father… And secondly thanks for you… For I was having a bad nightmares continuously… And then I got frightened and I was hesitate what to do and after that I shared my nightmares with my friends and then I realised that it was my mistake that I was living a daily life by forgetting our Father so it wasn’t a nightmare for me instead it was a time to realise God and come back to Him and live a life with Him… My thanks for you is that I got your help to find a good and perfect required Bible verse… have a good and peaceful time ❤️💗❤️💗

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