This may seem strange, but I really do pray this prayer almost every night.
To understand this, you need to know that to "keep" your soul means to stay alive. For God to "take" your soul means for you to die and go live with Him. Here is the prayer:
"Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep."
Though, Lord, as you know, I'm not asking to stay here forever, or even for any extended period of time. What I am suggesting is that, if you really do have good works planned for me to do, like you did for Paul and like Paul wrote about to the Ephesians in Chapter Two, I am okay to hang here for awhile and work on some of them. I just ask that you would give me a pretty clear picture of what they are. But if you don't, I will keep looking for them.
But I want you to know that anytime you get ready for me to come home, I am good to go. The only request I have about that is that, if I go first, you would take really, really, really, really good care of Charlene.
"But if I die before I wake, I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take."