We all have nightmares sometimes. I don't have them often, but when I do they're pretty bad.
We Armenians usually recite a specific prayer before we go to bed. Translated, it looks something like this:
My dear Lord, dear benefactor,
Protect us tonight.
Give my father and mother long life,
and pleasant, happy days.
Let Your Holy Angel,
remain at our side,
protect us from troubles,
and wake us happy and joyous.
We learned this prayer as children and have been using it for as long as I can remember, but it obviously serves a very general purpose and doesn't address dreams specifically.
Is there a way to prevent, or at least resist, nightmares through prayer? More specifically, how would I phrase this prayer?