5 Christian Bedtime Bible Stories for Kids

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In this day and age of 24/7 TV and Internet access, children are bombarded with messages all the time. There are sometimes bad communications surrounding them during the day that parents are unaware of; however, parents have the opportunity to seal the evening with Bible stories. The key to children remembering particular verses is the repetition as well as the daily applications of  everyday life. Use the following bedtime stories as a launching point of sharing with your children every night before they sleep.

The key to children remembering particular verses is the repetition as well as the daily applications of  everyday life.

The key to children remembering particular verses is the repetition as well as the daily applications of everyday life.

Bedtime Story of God’s Care (Genesis 5:29-9:29)

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8).

Our children need to know deep in their hearts how much God cares for them. We can’t wrap our children in bubble wrap spiritually, emotionally, nor physically to keep them from harm. They will eventually be free to discover a relationship with God without mom or dad’s presence. The story of Noah’s ark does include the tragedy of the flood, yet it also reveals the tenderness of God towards Noah, his family, and animal life.

As it was with Noah, we desire the favor of God on our children no matter where they are in the world. After reading the story of Noah’s ark, we can remind our children that God will take care of them for the rest of their lives as they choose to live for Him. Encourage them to walk righteously and follow God faithfully as Noah did.

Bedtime Story of God’s Call (1 Samuel 3)

“Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening’” (1 Samuel 3:10).

A calling from God isn’t limited to preachers, teachers, and missionaries. All believers in Christ Jesus have a calling to follow Him, share the Good News with unbelievers, and disciple other people in the faith. The story of Samuel’s calling from God reveals how it’s never too early for a child to surrender their heart to Him and listen for His voice.

When God called out to Samuel, he wasn’t sure who was calling; however, he was confident that someone did. After the third time, Eli gave Samuel the right instructions for listening to God. As parents we can follow Eli’s example and give our children direct insight on how to hear from God through His word.

Bedtime Story of God’s Comfort (1 Kings 19:1-18)

“And the word of the Lord came to him: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” (1 Kings 19:9).

No matter where you live in the world, there’s growing resistance to Christians practicing their faith. Many governments are passing laws that increasingly interfere with worship, Bible study, and evangelism. Persecution will come at our children hard and fast; therefore, they need to know the comfort of the Lord when everything around them is uncomfortable.

Elijah ran from Jezebel after performing one of the greatest miracles of all time. He was exhausted inside and out; Elijah needed comfort from God. The Lord graciously provided food for his physical body and spoke to him in a gentle whisper to encourage his spirit. The story of Elijah will remind your children how God will comfort them in trouble as they turn to Him.

Bedtime Story of God’s Control (John 6:1-15)

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9).

It’s not the times when everything is going our way that we are most aware of God, but rather when life is difficult and hard to explain. Our children will grow up to do greater works for Jesus when they believe that God’s control in good and bad times.

Jesus asked Philip how they were going to feed so many people even though He knew the outcome. Sometimes the Lord allows a season of pain for our children so that they will learn to dig deeper spiritually and trust that He is in control. Even though their world may feel like chaos at times, our children will rest in assurance of God’s ability to provide and keep them.

Bedtime Story of God’s Compassion (Matthew 28:1-9)

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 26:8).

The greatest story of love that we can share with our children is about Jesus’ birth leading to His resurrection. It’s the love of the Father for the whole world that brought Jesus to the earth. The story of God’s compassion needs to be told all year round with our children and not just during the holidays.

Our children are included with everyone who must put their faith in Jesus in order to be saved. By telling the story of Jesus’ resurrection, we remind them how they are saved by the grace of God and not by what they do. It’s amazing what believing children can do for God when they’re saturated with correct teaching about Jesus’ resurrection through the love of God.

Make It a Fun Bedtime Story!

Depending on the ages of your children, you could include puppets (using old socks), Bible story books, or any Bible translation that engages their understanding. Until your children leave the home—make it a tradition to read scriptural passages in the Bible and share a short discussion with how to apply it to their lives. You don’t have to be a theologian, just open your heart and mind to the leading of the Holy Spirit to tell your bedtime Bible story.

Related Reading:  5 Great Bible Stories about Jesus for Kids

Resource – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version


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Shane Pillay November 6, 2013 at 12:30 am

Dear Pastor,

My sincere sincere sincere hearth full THANK YOU for your guidance. I truly pray that Our Jesus, Our Father, Our Holy Spirit, shall impart great wealth, good health and more wisdom into your life.
May God truly bless you and your family. Personally, you have being a blessing to me.
I love you with the love of the Lord.


Crystal McDowell November 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

God’s blessing to you Shane for your kindness.


shane November 12, 2013 at 1:07 am

Dear Crystal,
Please help. I really don`t know what to do anymore. My 10year old daughter is very disrespectful, rude, backchat, argue, i a parent dead etc etc…I also know that she tried to change as last week I encouraged her to go on a fast to overcome. The first day was based on forgiveness, 2nd-love, 3rd-no more delays(to be quick), AFTER THAT, she was “fasting” but she was miserably horrible to everyone? Yesterday, the maid(whom she so-called forgave&love), yesterday the maid told her not to leave the butter on the stove, Casey got so angry she yelled at the maid “DON`T YOU TELL ME WHAT TO DO, YOU HEARD” YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER OR MY BOSS, I WISH YOU WASN`T WORKING HERE, JUST PACK YOUR BAGS AND GO, I`M GONA TELL MY PARENTS TO FIRE YOU, YOU STUPID, and it went on. when the maid, bent down to clean the drawer where she messed and she slapped the maid, a hard slap on the face… Crystal, I was shocked when I heard that, my stomached turned! When I got home, I learnt that my wife attended to the issue, got Casey to apologies and said that this will not go unpunished. but my wife had a bad argument with her parents, `cause her parents were wanting to intervene and have their say, and my wife would have non of it. Anycase, as I was going home, I`m thinking, should I take my belt and wack her, would that help, i dont know I just dont know. Casey is a child that come out 1st in her class/grade (she is one of the schools top learners), Casey excels in karate, people just cannot believe this sweet little go can be giving us such torture. AS well, I`m gona take her to a physiologists.


Briony Whiting February 15, 2018 at 1:41 am

I am looking for the right age appropriate bible stories for girls age 8 to 9 to read at bed time from the Bible. And different prayers to teach my daughter.
Would love to be part of this site.
Where I can learn as much still from teaching my daughter the way to go in life.


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