Praying for God’s Protection
Preface: I begin this teaching with a reminder. As you read my books and surf through my website, you will notice I do not focus on our enemy. Just who is our enemy? It’s not our next-door neighbour, boss, or current governmental leader. Our enemy is an ancient one whose first dealings with humanity in the Garden of Eden spoke of his evil intentions and revealed his tricks of the trade. Satan does his best to pull us away from our true identity and purpose through deception, temptation, and slander of God’s character. God created us to be in a loving relationship with Him, and Satan hates God and therefore hates His creation. Fear is his number one tactic. If he can deceive us into thinking he has more power over our thought life, bodies, hearts, and circumstances than God does, he has one foot in the door.
I refuse to follow or promote any teaching that gives the impression that the fight against good and evil is on an even playing field or an eternal game of tug-a-war. God is God, all-powerful, the Creator of the universe. Satan is a mere created being. He was once an angel in the heavenly realms but chose to rebel against God. It took no more effort by God to cast this fallen angel out of his presence than it takes us to squish a bug under a shoe.
The following prayers are NOT meant to be shortcuts that replace a close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. HE is our source of protection. Our protection position must always be under His wing (Psalm 91). We should keep short accounts of sin. When we keep a clean slate, the enemy has no legal foothold in our lives.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life, might I invite you to do so now? Read more at “What is salvation and why do I need to be saved?”
I am a Christian, and my life is in His hands. I know where my strength lies. My faith is built on nothing less than the all-powerful blood of Jesus and His righteousness.
How to Pray Protection Over Your Home
When addressing the enemy (Satan), speak aloud. You don’t need to do this with a loud voice. You certainly don’t have to scream these prayers. Even a whisper is fine. Contrary to the mythology horror movies present, our enemy is not all-knowing. Please pray these prayers with intentional faith and not as chants. Remember, you are asking Someone with whom you have a relationship to come to your aid. You are not reading a memorised shopping list.
You only need to do this step once. I recommend you do this shortly after moving into your new home, apartment, or long-term living situation. An exception to doing this more than once might be that you had to physically evict a roommate, houseguest or household member involved in activities deliberately in opposition to God.
Begin by worshipping and giving thanks to God, our protector and our Champion. Put on some worship music. Spend a few minutes giving thanks for your new home! Declare God’s goodness and dedicate your home to God. Declare that you will create this place to be a place that welcomes God as the head of the household and a place where people will feel God’s blessing and peace as soon as they enter.
Go through your house with any oil. It doesn’t have to be a particular type of oil. Olive oil, vegetable oil, and baby oil are all great. I once used lip balm! Put a tiny dot of oil on the top and one on each side of every access way into your home, interior windows and doors and interior entryways of your house, including the basement and attic. The oil doesn’t need to be placed in a conspicuous spot. There is no need to overdo it. If you have a garage, do not forget to anoint its interior. Pray a simple prayer as you go through each room. “I pray for the protection of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ over this room/window/entryway.”
Walk throughout your house, asking the Lord to show you any object or item that might need to be prayed over. Questionable statues, posters, books, movies, CDs, souvenirs brought at temples, knickknacks, jewellery, etc. Ask the Lord if you should anoint it, praying the prayer above over it, or if it would be better to remove it. Don’t spend hours wondering over objects. Ask the Lord to speak to you clearly and quickly, and trust Him that he will show you what, if anything, needs to be removed.
A word of caution: You do not have the right to remove or destroy another person’s property. If something that belongs to another person with whom you share your home truly gives you spiritual “willies,” speak to the person calmly and without accusation. Ask politely if you can pray a prayer of blessing over whatever item is disturbing you. If they are open to the idea, remove it. If they aren’t open to your suggestion, trust God that His hand of protection will cover you no matter what they are opening themselves to.
Praying for Protection by Using God’s Word
Do a Bible study on God’s promises of protection. Then craft those promises into personal prayer. For example, if you are praying Psalm 91 for your son, Robert, replace the word “he who dwells” with “Robert who dwells” and so on, as you read the psalm prayerfully. However, another word of caution. Jesus did not have kind words for those who mindlessly repeated prayers with little thought. Be intentional. Be focused. Be at peace.
A Word of Caution Concerning Angelic Protection
Keep in mind that Satan himself is a fallen angel and that most bible scholars agree that about a third of the angels chose to rebel along with him. Always ask God to send you HIS angelic protection in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be discerning and carefully research anyone who offers courses on ‘angels’ and ‘angelic spirit guides’ or ‘angel protectors’. Most new-age practitioners do not understand the difference between fallen angels and God’s heavenly guard. If you are researching online, always look for the website’s statement of faith and if you can’t find it, read their ‘about-us’ page.
If they don’t have a statement of faith, it’s probably a sign it is not a Christian organisation. If they do not clearly state that there is no other way to Heaven and that there is no other way to God except through unconditional and total surrender to Jesus Christ, stay clear of their teachings. Stay clear of any websites that state all paths lead to God. Stay away from any books, websites, and Social Media accounts that assert Jesus is only one of many spiritual ‘teachers’.
Although they may use language that appears to be ‘Christian’ on the surface, you will find New Age books, teachings, and websites deny Jesus’ deity and are offended that Christians consider Jesus the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, the ONLY light.
Finally, avoid any website or book that emphasises created beings (Angels) than the Creator, Yahweh, the only true and living God.
Unscriptural myths assert that upon our death, we become angels. God is not into reincarnation. Angels and humans are two different orders of creation. There are guardian angels, but they are not our loved ones, reincarnated into angels. Such false teaching borders on ancestral worship and spiritualism, both warned against in scripture.
I do not make it a practice to command angels to do anything directly. I ask God to send his angels on assignment for me.
Daily Prayers of Protection
Pray the following in order. You will understand the logic as you go along the steps.
1. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command a hedge of protection to be around my home and property today, and I ask that warrior angel sent by the one true God be placed to stand guard at any holes that might be in that hedge. *Holes in the hedge can be caused by yet to be dealt with undealt-with sin, trauma, and wounding in the lives of the people who dwell in the home.
2. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command any free, unbound, or wandering spirits to get out beyond that hedge of protection now.
3. In the name of Jesus Christ, I ask warrior angels to be placed at the doorways and access points to my home and property today that would keep out any free, unbound or wandering spirits that would try to enter my home and property today. Jesus, send warrior angels that would bind and separate from their functions any demons attached to any persons entering my home and property today.
*An access point could be cable TV, the internet, telephone or other communication devices in the home, power hookup, water supply or heat source. Note: Consider unsubscribing from cable or streaming services if you feel a draw toward dark or ungodly programming and people within your home are prone to nightmares or obsessive thoughts.
4. Father God, I ask for a spiritual umbrella of protection over me and a spiritual hedge of protection around me. I place the full armour of God on me, and I ask that the light of the Lord Jesus shine through me this day.
I strongly recommend praying Ephesians 6:13-17 every day. Pray the passage, not as a good-luck charm. Think of how you can display righteousness, peace, faith, truth and hope as you go about your day. Stand firm, be truthful and believe the truth, be righteous, be at peace with God and man, remain in the faith, and guard your mind by reducing influences that would bring anxiety or fear. Learn how to use the word of God in your prayer life.
Eph 6: 13-17 – “Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
If you are plagued by nightmares, restless nights sleeping and a sense of uneasiness in your bedroom, pray the following before going to bed each night. Consider playing instrumental worship music as you drift off to sleep.
Father God, I ask you to send warrior angels to guard me as I sleep. I declare that YOU are the Lord of my nights. I give you my thoughts, and I give you my concerns. I take your rest in exchange.
Praying for Your Family
1. Father God, please place a barrier of protection around each of my children. Lord Jesus, I ask that you would, at any time necessary, deal with any spirit beings which might attempt to harass my children/spouse.
2. Psalm 91 is a beautiful psalm to pray over your children nightly as they go to sleep.
Another Prayer for Protection for Christians
A subscriber sent this prayer to me several years ago; I am unsure of its original author. I reprint it in its entirety, although I might not have written it the way the original author penned it.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray this prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind, rebuke and bring to no effect, all division, discord, disunity, strife, anger, wrath, murder, criticism, condemnation, pride, envy, jealousy, gossip, slander, evil speaking, complaining, lying, false teaching, false gifts, false manifestations, lying signs and wonders, poverty, fear of lack, fear spirits, murmuring spirits, hindering spirits, retaliatory spirits, deceiving spirits, religious spirits, occult spirits, witchcraft spirits, and spirits of antichrist.
I bind all curses that have been spoken against me. I bless those who curse me and pray blessings on those who despitefully use me.
I bind all spoken judgment made against me and judgments I have made against others.
I bind the power of negative words from others, and I bind and render useless all prayers not inspired by the Holy Spirit, whether psychic, soul force, witchcraft or counterfeit tongues that have been prayed against me.
I am God’s child. I resist the devil. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I put on the whole armour of God. I take authority over this day, in Jesus’ name. Let it be prosperous for me. Let me walk in your love, Lord. The Holy Spirit leads and guides me today. I discern between the righteous and the wicked.
I take authority over Satan and all his demons and those people who they influence. I declare Satan is under my feet and remain there all day. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
I am God’s property. Satan, you are bound from my family, my mind, my body, my home, and my finances.
I confess that I am healed and whole. I flourish; I am long-lived, stable, durable, incorruptible, fruitful, virtuous, full of peace, patience and love. Whatsoever I set my hand to do shall prosper, for God supplies all my needs. I have all authority over Satan, all demons, and beasts of the field. God, I pray for the ministry that you have for me. Anoint me, God, for all you have called me to do for you.
I call forth divine appointments, open doors of opportunity, God ordained encounters and ministry positions. I claim a hedge of protection around myself, my spouse and my children throughout this day and night.
I ask you, God, in the name of Jesus to dispatch angels to surround me, my spouse and my children today and to put them throughout my house and around our cars, souls and bodies. I ask angels to protect my house from any intrusion and protect my family and me from any harmful demonic or other physical or mental attacks.
I ask this prayer in the name of Jesus AMEN.
Lorica of Patrick
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.
I arise today
Through the strength of Heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel, merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation
Patrick wrote this inspirational confession of faith and prayer (ca. 377)
Patrick was originally brought to Ireland as a slave. Upon receiving his freedom, Patrick left the country. The Lord called him back several years later, with the mandate to bring the gospel to Ireland. Patrick and a small band of believers transformed Ireland from a Pagan nation into a Christian nation.
All Bible verses, unless otherwise attributed, are from the English Standard Version (ESV).
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