Bible Verses for When I Can’t Sleep

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Last week, I posted a prayer for when I can’t sleep. Quickly I realized I’m not alone in the occasional battle I have with sleep issues. Many times I read the Psalms when I am having trouble sleeping or I mentally recite every Bible passage I have in my memory bank. Today I wanted to outline a list of Bible verses for when I can’t sleep. God wants His children to rest in Him; I remind myself of this fact often.

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In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matt. 11:29

For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,
“In return in and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

I cried aloud to the LORD,and he answered me from his holy hill. I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. Psalm 3:4&5

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:5-8

Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:7

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3&4

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Rom. 8:6

My son, do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion, If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Prov. 3:21-24


Rest in Jesus today!

ADDENDUM: FREE Printable Scripture Memory Cards for When I Can’t Sleep



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  1. Love this, Rachel! You included one of my life verses, Isaiah 26:3. The Lord gave it to me once years ago to help me through a tough time, and I have shared it with many people for various reasons over the years.

    Thank you for your blog. You continue to bless me in so many ways!

    Merry Christmas to you & your tribe!

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