This world gives us so many reasons to feel anxious and on edge. From disease to physical dangers, our minds are constantly considering the many things that can go wrong. You’ve likely stumbled across this post because would like some way of getting peace of mind and you are also certain that this can only be found through praying for protection from God.
This post is jam packed with examples of prayers for protection, but I am also a huge proponent of helping you create a prayer life that is thriving and personal. So I also talk a bit about creating your own prayers from scripture as well! My prayer is that you not only receive the words to pray for protection but also that you are encouraged and empowered to speak to the father more consistently everyday!
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How do you pray for divine protection
Praying for protection is often something that we do with little previous warning because the need to pray for protection is usually a spontaneous one. When we are still growing in our prayer life, we may pray for protection before we travel, for traveling graces. Or we may pray for protection from disease when we have an unknown diagnosis.
Praying to God for protection, however, should be something that we are constantly doing, because we live with a very real enemy who is always seeking ways to destroy us.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Praying for protection involves 3 key steps:
1 – Guard yourself with the promises and truth of God’s Word
2 – Pray through those promises daily
3 – Create warroom prayers to use and pray for protection in times of extreme need!
What does the Bible say about God’s Protection
The first step to praying for protection is understanding what the bible says about God’s protection. There are many powerful bible verses about protection that we can use to guide our prayers. There is power in the word of God and praying through the promises of his word when we are afraid or distressed can help to encourage us. These scriptures for protection strengthen us with the truth that we are not walking through these trials alone. In fact, God is with us, every step of the way.
God is with you
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Imagine how much bolder you can really internalize this bible verse about protection with the knowledge that the Lord is with you. He is walking with you. You not only need not fear but you can walk boldly knowing that he won’t leave you!
Pray this prayer for protection and strength: Lord help me to be strong in you, I feel afraid, but your word says that I do not need to be terrified, because you never leave me. Help me to walk in the truth that you are with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen
God will protect you from temptation
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Now this bible verse isn’t saying that God will keep you from the temptation, because we live in a fallen world, and temptation is all around us, the enemy is constantly seeking ways to destroy us, however, God does promise that he will give you a way out, and that you are 100% capable of bearing it, with his help.
Pray this Prayer for Protection from sin: Lord, I thank you that in the midst of temptation, you always offer me a way out. This could be the whisper of the holy spirit, a distraction, or a sick feeling in my gut. I thank you for protecting me from myself and the ploys of the enemy and offering me a chance to walk in righteousness. In’ Jesus’ name, Amen
God will deliver you
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me. “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies. 2 Samuel 22:3-4
This powerful scripture for protection is a reminder that God is not only capable but promising to deliver his children from troubles. It also promises us that in the midst of the struggle, whether we are praying for protection from disease, danger, or preventatively, God is close to us and saves us when our spirit is crushed. Our God is faithful to protect us and deliver us from the hands of the enemy!
Prayer for protection from enemies: Heavenly Father, you are my rock and my refuge. Lord I feel pressed in on all sides. Your word says that you will fight my battles. You save me. You are my salvation. I call to you now father for protection. Cover me in your wings. Save me from the stress that is all around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God is our refuge in the middle of the storms of Life
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Hard times may be a part of living in a fallen world, but it doesn’t have to identify us. We are in the world, but not of it. We exist within it to be a light to those we come in contact with. God keeps us in the midst of all the things we go through.
Pray this prayer for protection I the midst of the storm: Lord, there is so much going on in this world today and I feel the pressure and weight of it all, but thought I feel it, I know that this is not my identity. Lord, you cover me even in the middle of the storm. You hold me even in the lion’s den. Lord, tho I am persecuted, fill me with knowledge of the truth that you keep me together! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God will hold and keep you
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:28-30
Being held by God means that nothing can touch you. Yes, you may have troubles, but you are still held, and in the end, you have the victory of eternal life in the hands of the father. Again, this scripture for protection reminds us that we are always in God’s presence, and not by our own doing, but because he holds us.
Pray this prayer for protection and God’s presence: Father your word says that we will never perish and that we can not be snatched from your hands. Lord, in this moment, I am struggling to hold on to this. Wrap me in your arms and hold me closer to you LORD. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Praying through any of the bible verses about protection can help encourage and strengthen you in the midst of the storms you may be facing. These verses can help inspire you to overcome your fears and rest in the knowledge that you serve the living and powerful God who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly in your life.
Filling your prayers for protection with powerful verses from the bible can help you pray for protection from:
And Protection for:
- Your family
- Your friends
- Your finances
- Safe night
Praying for protection using Psalms
Another powerful way to pray for protection is to pray through the Psalms. The authors of the Psalms in so many instances write with a urgency for God’s hand to move in their life. When you have this same urgency, simply reading, meditating on, and praying through these psalms on protection can help you feel immediately at peace.
The following protection prayers include some key verses on protection that you can pray through and an example of what it looks like to pray for protection using the psalms.
Pray Psalm 23 for protection and provision
Key Verses on Protection: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalm 23:4-5
Pray this scripture for protection: Father in heaven I praise your name. You are my source. You are my provider. Every need you supply. Father before I even know what to pray for you are providing for me. Father I am walking in a space that is hard. I struggle to see what’s ahead and it feels as if danger is around every corner, but I thank you father because your presence comforts me. Even when trouble is all around you invite me to sit and be still. I thank you for your protection. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Pray Psalm 27 for protection from enemies
Key Verses on Protection: Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Psalm 27:3-5
Pray this scripture for protection: Father, of this one thing I am confident! That you are with me and you cover me in the midst of my enemies. Father, this could be in the presence of those who would do me harm, lord or my own ability to walk outside of your will and into danger, you keep me as I seek after you. Lord allow me to dwell in your presence everyday and hide me from troubles. I thank you for inclining your ear and hearing my cry. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Pray Psalm 46 for protection and strength
Key Verses on Protection: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3
Pray this scripture for protection: Lord, I admit that fear has griped my heart more than I want it to. The troubles that surround me make my heart falter, but you are faithful. I ask that you strengthen me father and remind me that I do not walk this road alone. You are with me and you hold me in your hand in the midst of the storm. Amen.
Pray Psalm 91 for protection and refuge
Key verses on protection: Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you. Psalm 91:3-7
Pray this scripture for protection: Father God I praise you! A million times I praise you and thank you for keeping me safe. In you I can rest even when there is struggle all around me. In you there is no fear. In you there is strength and comfort. I find rest in the shelter of your wings. You are my refuge! Though all around me there is destruction you will not allow myself and those attached to me to be harmed, and I praise you for this! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Pray Psalm 109 for protection
Key verses on protection: Help me, Lord my God;
save me according to your unfailing love.
Let them know that it is your hand,
that you, Lord, have done it.
While they curse, may you bless;
may those who attack me be put to shame,
but may your servant rejoice.
May my accusers be clothed with disgrace
and wrapped in shame as in a cloak. Psalm 109:26-29
Pray this scripture for protection: Lord, in the midst of the struggle that I am facing, you are my strong tower. Your love strengthens me and reminds me that I can stand tall and walk in confidence. Everywhere I look, I feel that there is danger. I struggle to feel safe, but when I think about you, I am reminded that you are all powerful and my shield. I praise you for your constant safety. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pray Psalm 121 for protection and help
Key verses on protection: I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
Pray this scripture for protection: Lord, you are my help. You are my ability. Lord, I pray that you would cover me with your safety as I walk through this situation. Help me to navigate this situation. Lord your word says that your eye is always on me and you never sleep. I praise you for keeping me even in the midst of all I am going through. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Additional short prayers for protection
Having short prayers for protection on hand when you are going through the struggles of life can be the thing you need to guide your quiet time. The following short protection prayers can be used to start your quiet time as you pray to God for his protection and safety.
Morning Prayer for Protection
Heavenly Father, as I begin this day I pray that you would go before me. I pray for safety in my commute. I pray that you would be a shield as I work on my daily errands. Protect my mind, and cover my thoughts. Keep my heart focused on you and allow me to see you as I come and go. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Spiritual Prayer for protection
Lord in Heaven, I pray against every spiritual principality or authority that sets itself up against the knowledge of you and your power in me. Lord, guard my eyes and mind from things that are not you. Release your covering in my life. I pray against the spirit of fear, the spirit of offense, and the spirit of pride in my life. I bind these spirits and release your humility, righteousness and strength. I praise you in advance for your protection! In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
Prayer for Protection against negative thinking
Father God, I am broken, I do not feel worthy, and I don’t know if I can keep going, if You’d even want to use me. Forgive me. I thought that if I just kept trying, I would be able to clean myself up enough to come before you, I didn’t want you to see the mess that I had made of the life you gave me. But I hear your voice telling me to come close! You love me, when I am chasing after you, and when I am hiding from you.
You pull me into you, and wrap me in an embrace of unconditional love. You fill me with peace as you remind me that you are my refuge and my place of safety. You rescue me from the thoughts of insecurity which have been surrounding my days. I praise your name for your loving kindness towards me. You cover me, you shelter me, you protect me, you surround me with songs! I am Secure because you are my security! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Bedtime Prayer for Protection
Lord, You Have Blessed Me Beyond My Comprehension, You Have Given Me A Firm Footing, You Have Placed Me Ahead, But I Have Still Doubted. Forgive Me For The Areas, When I Felt I Could Think Beyond The Goodness Of Your Plan For Me. Forgive Me For The Times When I Have Left The Safety Of Your Rest And Have Wandered Through Life In My Own Understanding.
Lord I Ask You To Save Me From Myself, And My Fragile Belief That I Can Reason My Way Through This Life That You Have Prepared For Me. Even In All Of This Your Grace Is Sufficient. You Guide Me Back To Your Truth, That You Are My Refuge, In Your Tabernacle I Find Safety And Rest. Amen
See also: Night Prayers for Rest
Prayer for protection for family
Heavenly Father, I pray that you would cover my family with your divine protection. Cover my children as they go to and fro. Cover them in their schools. Keep them safe from disease and sickness. Cover my marriage Father. Keep my spouse and I focused on you. Keep our eyes from wondering. Show us the door of your escape from temptation. Cove my extended family. Keep them safe in their comings and goings. Protect their minds and their hearts. All these things I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
See also: Scriptures to Pray for your Children
Prayer for protection and guidance
Lord I Am Afraid. Worried That I Might Fail You, Worried That In My Haste Or Excitement, I May Move Ahead Of You And May Mess Up The Things That You Have For Me. I Wonder If I Am Good Enough Or Capable Enough, Or Even Worthy Of The Blessing To Be A Vessel That You Have Bestowed On Me. I Know This Is A Lie Though, Father. Your Word Says That Nothing Can Keep Me From Your Love.
I Know That Whatever You Have Willed For My Life Is For My Life And There Is Nothing That I Can Do To Mess It Up. I Know That If You Have Planned Something For My Life, Then You Also Give The Ability. If There Is A Road That I Am To Travel, You Provide The Light, And The Map. You Make A Way. I Give You Praise Because You Are God. Amen
See also: Prayers for Guidance