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Bible verses for Sleepless Nights

by Jocelyn on June 15, 2010

Having trouble sleeping? You’re not alone! Last month, veteran military wife Rosie Williams wrote a great column on the subject called “Zzzzzzs Please!” Today, I’d like to just share with you some great Bible verses for those nights of insomnia. (You might also check out the “Go-to Scriptures for when you’re fearful or anxious.”) Print these out and keep them on your nightstand.

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night” (Psalm 63:6).

“Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord” (Lamentations 2:19a).

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,  that I may meditate on your promises” (Psalm 119:147-148).

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared” (Proverbs 3:24-26).

“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you” (Psalm 91:5-7).

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me” (Psalm 3:5)

“He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:3-4).

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him” (Psalm 62:5).

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).

“He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:7).

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).

**For more biblically-based encouragement, see the devotional books Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one } June 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

These are very inspirational verses to help someone who can’t sleep through the night. Meditating on positive affirmations can really help ease the mind. I also found that watching a comedy or reading something funny can help.


Andrew October 24, 2012 at 12:49 am

God is good
Thank you for these bible verse


Cynthia Myers August 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I have been having an awful time sleeping at night. Nothing seems to help. I googled something and your website popped up. I feel in love with it. I am not a military wife but I once was.

I was 18, living in Ft. Worth, TX with my husband who was stationed at Carswell AFB. That was before satellites and the Strategic Air Command (SAC) was still up and running. Carswell being a SAC base was one of the first to go on alert if there was an alert of any kind. I remember so well in 1973 Russia went on alert which meant we went on counter alert. My husband was immediately called to the base with no idea how long he’d be gone. I remember he called me (which he was not supposed to do) and said Ft. Bragg is packing bags. I watched them take missiles on TV to the appropriate sites near by. Needless to say I really felt alone and scared. A dear co-worker probably long gone now called and asked if I’d like to stay with her in Ft. Worth. I said no, I wanted to stay near the base. What I would have given to have had this site to go to and find strength and peace. Of coarse then there was no pc nor internet. I just prayed and stayed near the TV and God brought us through it. No war. No shots fired that we knew of. I just wanted to say thank you for the website. I know what it could mean to those young women that are alone here at home. God Bless


Anita December 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Thank you for sharing this. God bless you.


Kala September 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

God is so good! A lot of times I find myself up at night, unable to sleep because of anxiety. I then look to God for help! These verses really are great!


chevon October 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I have suffered from insomina for a while now no pill has been able to work so I try to lean on God. Sometimes my day has been so full and my mind races at night, sometime I take a too late nap but was much needed cuz single 3 kids & has health elements I deal w/ in my body. So tonight I asked God why is it that I can’t sleep so I said I prayed I say maybe a few scriptures maybe to help me looked it up “scriptures to help sleep” & u guys came up w/a load of other good ones, so I might not b sleeping but I will be reading the word, which will give me peace to sleep. Thank God for u also not a military wife but good info!!!


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