We all face difficult times in our lives, and it is natural to seek solace and comfort through prayer. Prayer for protection can help us feel safe and secure, and it can bring us peace of mind. Prayer for protection from evil is a powerful tool that can be used to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones from harm. In this article, we will discuss the power of prayer for protection and provide some examples of prayers for protection from evil.
What Is a Prayer of Protection?
A prayer of protection is a short prayer you can recite when you or your family feels vulnerable or in danger. It allows you to express your need for spiritual strength and guidance in times of difficulty and uncertainty. This type of prayer can also give comfort to those feeling anxious and scared, affirming trust in God’s protection and love.
How to Pray Protection over Yourself and Your Family
When praying a prayer of protection for yourself or your family, try to make it as personal as possible. Take a few minutes to quiet your mind and express your heartfelt gratitude for all that God has done for you. Then ask for his protection using words such as “guard”, “defend”, and “preserve”. If you’re struggling with specific worries or fears, try putting those into words too – such as “protect us from temptation” or “may nothing harm us”. Finish the prayer by declaring your faith in God’s strength and mercy.
What Does the Bible Say about Praying for Protection?
The Bible offers many examples of people who sought protection through prayer. In 2 Chronicles 20:20-24, King Jehoshaphat prayed to God asking him to “defend us from our enemies” and promising his faithfulness if he were granted victory in battle. Psalm 91 encourages us to “stay close to God” by asking for his shelter and refuge so that we may be kept safe from danger.
David prayed for protection against his enemies (mostly, his father-in-law) multiple times in Psalms. He asked God for vengeance, protection, and purpose. He shared his fear and promised to trust God’s plan for his life (Psalm 54- Psalm 57, Psalm 59, and Psalm 63)
Jesus prayed for his disciples’ growth, unity, and protection from the devil (John 17:12-15)
Jesus prayed for Peter to withstand Satan’s attacks (Luke 21:31-32)
Paul prayed for his churches to grow in strength (2 Corinthians 13:7-9, Ephesians 3:16-19, 1 Thessalonians 3:9, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Colossians 1:9-11)
Paul asked his churches to pray for his stamina and boldness in ministry (Ephesians 6:19-20, Colossians 4:2-4) and to pray against spiritual attacks (Ephesians 6: 18-20)
Daniel and his friends prayed for God to reveal Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to Daniel so they wouldn’t be killed (Daniel 2:16-19)
Finally, 1 John 5:14-15 reminds us that if we pray according to God’s will, our prayers will be answered.
11 Powerful Prayers of Protection over Your Family
As a family, it is comforting to know that we are all in this together, so it is natural to want to protect and care for one another. But how? One way is through prayer – short prayers of protection for your family, which can offer peace of mind and a sense of security.
Short prayers for my family
Here are a few short prayers that you can use to pray for your family:
- “Heavenly Father, I thank You for my family. I ask that You would protect them and keep them safe from harm and danger. May Your love and grace surround them always. Help them to trust in You and to follow Your ways. I pray for Your guidance and provision for each member of my family. In Your holy name, Amen.”
- “Lord Jesus, I lift up my family to You. I ask that You would be with them in all that they do, and that You would watch over them always. May Your peace and joy fill their hearts, and may Your wisdom and guidance lead them in all their decisions. I pray that You would draw them closer to You and to one another. Thank You for Your love and care for my family. Amen.”
- “Dear God, I ask for Your protection and provision for my family. Please watch over them and keep them safe from all harm and danger. I pray that You would give them strength and courage to face whatever challenges come their way, and that You would use them to be a blessing to those around them. May Your love and grace be evident in their lives. In Your holy name, Amen.”
A Prayer for Physical Protection and Healing
“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 4:14)
Lord, I ask for your powerful hand of healing in my family today. I ask for you to bring us healing and protection from disease and sickness. I will trust you and praise you no matter what happens, but I ask for you to protect us and transform us so that we trust whatever you allow into our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Protection from Violent People
Faithful and True God, I ask for Your protection over my family in this fallen world, where not everyone holds to the faith, and many exercise their free will to do evil. I pray for Your covering of protection over my family from violent people. I thank You that nothing can separate us from Your love, and that You are our provider and protector. Strengthen and protect us from the evil one. Amen.
A Prayer for Courage
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
Lord, I am afraid of all the things surrounding me and my family. I’m afraid of the past, the present, and the future. I know that you have the power to subdue and eradicate my anxiety and fear. I ask you to take it away and shield me from believing in its power. Help me to trust your goodness and live courageously because I know that you can and will protect me from the things that frighten me. You love me and you only do good to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Prayer for Your Children’s Protection
“We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, and we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way.” (Colossians 1:9-10)
Lord, I pray for my children, that you will fill them with spiritual understanding of you. I ask for the Holy Spirit to move powerfully in their lives. Surround them with spiritual influences. Give them a thirst for your Spirit. I pray for tender hearts to hear and receive your word. Grow them into mighty men and women of God who share your love and mission with the world. May they seek first your kingdom. Protect them from following after an earthly kingdom and the pleasures of this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Protection from False Teachers
God of Truth, I thank You that You have given us Your Word to guide us into pure behavior and correct doctrine. Unfortunately, many so-called teachers are promoting theology or morality that does not line up with the truth of Your Word. I pray that my family will be thoroughly grounded in Your Word, so they will recognize what You define as immoral and false doctrine when they are confronted with it, and not be swayed. Amen.
A Prayer for Your Marriage
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
Lord, protect my marriage. Thank you for giving me a picture of the church and how I should live in it, right in my home. I pray for my spouse to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, to seek you above all things. I ask for your guidance and wisdom for myself, that I will respond and act with love, kindness, wisdom, grace, and faithfulness. I pray that we will guard our marriage from influences that will harm it. Help us to forgive freely and never harbor resentment or anger. I pray that we will share Christ’s love through the testimony of our marriage. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Prayer for Your City and Country
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Lord, I pray for your Spirit to fall on my country and my community. Protect my family and our culture from idolatry, selfishness, injustice, and corruption. Infuse Christians with love, mercy, and compassion. May our lives glorify your name and bring honor to your Son. Convict lawmakers, leaders, and fellow-citizens to humble themselves before you and seek your wisdom. May we be a people of love and mercy as a light of the gospel of Jesus. In his name, Amen.
A Prayer for Your Mind
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
Lord, renew my mind and the minds of my family members. Convict us of sin and protect us from the lies of the enemy that are all around us. Help us to discern truth from error and to defend ourselves against godlessness and idolatry. Fill us with a knowledge and wisdom of your word. Guard us with the power of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Protection Against Unwise Decisions
Awesome God, I ask that You protect my family from making unwise decisions. First, as parents, may we be insightful in making decisions that affect our family’s welfare and security. Help our children not to make rash decisions that would bring them or others to harm. I ask that discretion will protect us and that understanding will guard us. Help us not to forsake wisdom, but to love her and receive her watchful care over us. Amen.
A Prayer against Spiritual Warfare
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10)
Lord, defend my family against my spiritual enemies. Guard our hearts and minds. Protect us from the flaming darts of the evil one. I give you myself and my family; we devote ourselves to prayer and understanding of your word and your mission. With you, we can defeat the devil. He has no power over us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Short prayers for family protection are an invaluable source of support and strength in times of difficulty. Praying for yourself and your family helps ensure spiritual safety and peace of mind, knowing that whatever may come our way, we have the Lord’s protection on our side.