The Lord will keep me from all evil;
he will keep my life.
The Lord will keep
my going out and my coming in
from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8 ESV, modified)
Lord God, heavenly Father,
whether we wake or sleep,
live or die, we are yours.
Take care of me.
Do not let me fall into destruction by the works of darkness.
Let the light of your face arise in my heart,
that by faith, true knowledge of you may increase in my soul,
and that I may continually do your will.
Guard and defend me against every deception of the evil one.
Preserve me from all evil visions and horrid dreams,
and let me rest peacefully in you this night,
and arise tomorrow in joy and health to fulfill my calling,
to the glory of your holy name.
Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#227)
“whether we… live or die” is a reference to Romans 14:8
“Let the light of your face arise…” may be a reference to 2 Peter 1:19