Prayer

Our world is filled with events and situations that are beyond our control.  For some they can cause great fear and anxiety. As Christians we are promised in God’s Word that he is faithful and will protect us (2 Thessalonians 3:3).  For many of us, prayer is a part of our daily routine, but for others prayer is a last resort, or perhaps something that we only do from time to time.

Here are some prayers that you could prayer to help focus you.


Prayer for Personal Protection

Father, I come to You today, bowing in my heart, asking for protection from the evil one. Lord, we are assailed moment by moment with images on television, the internet, books and newspapers that leave us vulnerable to sin of every kind. Surround us with Your divine hedge of protection. Encompass us round about with Your strength and Your might. Let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy. And may You shelter us, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12)

Lord, I ask that You protect our minds. Father, the mindset on the flesh is death, but the mindset on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6) O God, set our minds on You. Let us not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2) Help us by the power of Your Spirit to think on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let our minds dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Strengthen us in the power of Your might, O God. Dress us in Your armor so that we can stand firm against the schemes of the devil. We know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12)

You are our keeper, O Lord, the shade on our right hand. Protect us from all evil and keep our soul. Guard our going out and our coming in. From this time and forever. In Jesus' name, Amen. – by Lynn Cooke


Prayer for the Protection and Safety of Family

Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary.  - by Rebecca Barlow Jordan


Prayer for Children's Security

Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one.  Help them to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go. I pray that they will set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love. I pray they will come to understand the extent of Your own love for them–that it surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school. I pray they will be filled up with You from morning ’til night. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan


"St. Patrick's Breastplate" Protective Prayer:

Celtic monks used it to start their day.The hymn was several stanzas long, and the last two stanzas were especially memorable and moving:

  Christ be with me, Christ within me,

  Christ behind me, Christ before me,

  Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

  Christ to comfort and restore me.

  Christ beneath me,  Christ above me,

  Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
  Christ in hearts of all that love me,

  Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

  I bind unto myself the Name,
  
The strong Name of the Trinity;

  By invocation of the same.

  The Three in One, and One in Three,

  Of Whom all nature hath creation,

  Eternal Father, Spirit,
  Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,

  Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


"Priestly Blessings" Prayer from Scripture:

Numbers 6:22-27 is known as the “Priestly Blessing” or sometimes the “Aaronic Benediction.” There are seven requests made in this prayer.

The LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: "’The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."' "So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."

1. The Lord bless you…
The word “bless” means to “provide favor or benefit.” Father, we pray that for our children. You are the Eternal God. Please place Your great kindness and advantage on those we love. May they be approved and favored by You.

2. and keep you…
The Hebrew word “keep” means to “watch, guard, defend.” This is a prayer for protection. Father, my children are not perfect. They are going to make mistakes. But please watch over them and guard them again mistakes of youth that are unalterable. Please defend them against temptation. Protect them against Satan who desires to devour them.

3. the LORD make his face shine upon you…
This is a request for God’s presence. Father, as a parent I know that I can’t be with my children all the time, but You can. Just like they feel the warmth of the sun shining on them, please allow them to experience Your presence. Thank You for being with them wherever they go.

4. and be gracious to you…
Grace is God’s undeserved favor. He gives us what we don’t deserve. Father, thank You for Your gift of grace. I pray that gift to be poured out on my children. Following that great gift of salvation, please show them your kindness and love in all the endeavors of their lives.

5. the Lord turn his face toward you…
Here is a request for God’s fellowship. Father, thank You, that because of their trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in my children. Please walk with them in a powerful way. Enable them to submit to the Spirit’s control day by day and moment by moment.

6. and give you peace.
The Hebrew word for peace used here is “shalom.” It means “completeness, wholeness, and contentment.” Lord, please calm my children’s fears; soothe their anxious souls. Keep them complete and whole in their thinking, emotions, desires, and actions.

7. So they will put my name on ___________ (the name of your child/children).
This is a request of identification. Lord, please place Your holy mark on my children. Set them apart to be used by You. I love them but You love them more. You love them with an everlasting love. May they represent You well on their earthly journey. And when their journey is completed, welcome them home to live forever with You.
(notes by Ron Moore, The Journey)


Prayer for Comfort and Protection

Dear God, thank You for being the Father who craves to lavish love and goodness toward me. Help me to recognize it, accept it and embrace it. It leads to life far beyond what I could hope or imagine. May I look to You first — nothing else — for comfort and protection. I choose to find my rest in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Jessica Martin


Protection of God

Father, I want to live in the shadow of Your wing. When life is hard, and I don’t know what to do, help me remember that You are with me and that I am never alone. I cannot live without You. I cannot face tomorrow without the promise of Your presence. Today I choose to walk and live under the protection of You, The Most High. In Jesus' name. Amen.- Mary Southerland


My Lord, My Shepherd

Lord, I am so thankful that You are my Shepherd, and that no matter how deep the valley or dark the pit, You have gone before me and made a way. Forgive me when I complain that the way You have made for me is harder than I want it to be. I surrender my life to you, Lord, my God, and my Shepherd. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Mary Southerland


Prayer For Divine Help and Protection

  You are our helper, Mighty One.

  and you are no respecter of persons.

  Help all your people

  bought with the precious blood of Christ.

  You are our fortress and defender.
  
No one can snatch us from your hand.

  There is no other God like you.

  In you we trust.

  Sanctify us through your truth.

  Your Word is truth.

  Preserve us
and all your people
  
from injury and deceit,
  
from fear of the enemy,


  from the arrow that flies by day,

  and the trouble that walks in the darkness,

  and grant us eternal life
in Christ,
  your Son, our Lord and Savior.

   Source: Liturgy of the Greek Church.


Prayer For Protection

  O God,


  Shepherd of all your people,
  
deliver us from all sins which assail us,
  
that so we may always be pleasing in your sight,

  and safe under your shelter;


  for Christ’s sake. Amen.

    Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century


Prayer for Guidance and Protection

  O Lord,
  
our redemption.
  
Be our protection.
  
Direct our minds by your gracious presence.


  Watch over our paths
  
and guide us with your love
  
through the hidden snares of life.


  Fix our hearts on you as we go forward,
  
and following in faith,

  arrive at your goal;
  
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Source: Mozarabic Liturgy


Prayer for All in Special Need of Protection

  O God,
  
you do not desire the death of a sinner.

  Protect with your heavenly aid

  those who may now be exposed to special temptations.


  Grant that in the fulfillment of your commandments

  they may be strengthened by the assistance of your grace;

  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  Source: Gregorian Sacramentary

 

Prayer for Protection in Serving God

  O Lord,

  hear our prayers

  and prepare the way of your servants in safety under your protection,

  that amid all the changes of this our pilgrimage,

  we may ever be guarded by your almighty aid;

  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Source: Gelasian Sacramentary


Prayer for Grace and Protection

  O Lord, hear our prayers,

  and fill our hearts with your grace,

  that loving you with sincere love
  
we may always be defended under your most gracious protection,

  and be accepted in all our prayers and services;


  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Source: An Ancient Collect, fifth century


Give Us Your Strength and Protection

  Lord God, heavenly Father,


  you know that we are set

  in the midst of so many and great dangers,
  
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
  
we cannot always stand upright:


  Grant us such strength and protection,
  
to support us in all danger,

  and carry us through all temptations;

  through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


  Amen.

    Source: Martin Luther, the German Litany


Prayer to the Good Shepherd

  As you are the Shepherd over the flock
  
tend us to the shelter and the fold,

  bless us beneath your own glorious mantle,

  be our Shield of protection, and guard us forever.

  Be a hard triumphant sword

  to shield us securely from wicked hell,

  from the fiends and from the cold, sharp daggers,

  and from the lurid smoke of the abyss.

  My soul is in the trust of the High King,
  
the Good Shepherd is in charge of my soul.

  In Jesus' Name, Amen.

   Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889)

Prayer Sources:

  • Devotionals of Encouragement - Crosswalk.com
  • "Protection" Prayers - acollectionofprayers.com
  • Prayers for Protection and Safety from the Bible