Protection prayers in the bible

Our world is filled with events and situations that can cause great fear and anxiety. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and live imprisoned by fear.  We are promised in God’s Word that he is faithful and will protect us (2 Thessalonians 3:3).  God wants us to let go of fear and to live life to the fullest! (John 10:10) When you are overcome by worry, use these prayers for protection to remember who God is and the protection he has promised you.

1. 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 mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set 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

protection prayers in the bible

2. 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.  – Ryan Duncan, Culture Editor at

3. 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

protection prayers in the bible

4. “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.

5. “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) Must-See Version of Psalm 91 Has Taken Us by Storm from biblestudytools on GodTube.

Prayers for Protection and Safety from the Bible

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” – John 17:15

‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:13

“Because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:10-11

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protection prayers in the bible

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In this world today, we need prayers for protection more than ever so here are 6 prayers about protection in Bible verses that you can use for yourself.

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    And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 3:1-9

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    O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

Psalm 3:1-6

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    Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

Ezra 8:21-23

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    And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.

2 Chronicles 20:10-12

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    And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children.

Genesis 32:9-12

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    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:1-1

Prayer is vital for the Christian today, and even more so in praying for our safety or the protection others, so I hope these 6 prayers about protection from the Bible can help you know how to pray for protection. Why not share these with someone you know right now?

There are many accounts of answered prayers in the bible. The fact is that God has always been in the business of answering prayers.

It is not uncommon for Christians ” even Christians with a long walk with God ” to feel doubt when praying.

No matter how many times God has come through for you in the past, it still seems doubtful that the Creator of the Universe would take the time to hear and answer your prayers.

Lets go over some stories of answered prayers in the bible.

Hannah Prays for a Baby

I Samuel, chapters 1 and 2

Hannah desperately wanted a child. In those days,
a woman could not go to the doctor to learn the reason for her infertility.

Instead, being unable to have a baby was considered a shame and a curse.
Hannah cried out to God in such a raw, emotional way that the priest who
heard her prayers actually thought that she was drunk. But she wasnt.

She was desperate, and she knew that the only one with the power to give
her the desire of her heart was the Lord.

God heard Hannah and her prayer touched the Lord so much that He was moved
to give her a child. As promised, Hannah gave her child back to the Lord and
Samuel grew up to become a great prophet.

Elijah Prays for God to Prove His Power

I Kings 18:20-40

Elijah was frustrated with those who worshipped Baal, and wanted very much
for the one true God to prove His power in front of the followers of Baal.

After those followers tried unsuccessfully to call down fire from their god,
Elijah prayed a very simple prayer. He asked that God would send down fire
and consume the altar.

God answered that prayer in a powerful way and all of the followers of Baal
who were present had no choice but to confess the power of the Lord.

David Prays for Forgiveness

Psalms 51

One prayer that every Christian will pray at one time or another is
the prayer for forgiveness. This is also the type of prayer that can be very difficult
to believe that God will answer.

When you sin, it is easy to feel far from God, but looking to the example
of David can be a wonderful reminder about the power of Gods forgiveness.

David had committed adultery and then had a man killed in an attempt to
cover his sin. When he fully realized what he had done, he became broken before God,
and one of the most heartfelt prayers in the Bible, Psalms 51, was written.

God did forgive David for his sins, and David went on to live for God for
the rest of his days and remained, as the Bible called him, a man after Gods own heart.

Does God Always Answer Prayers?

While the above are good examples of God answering prayers in the bible,
it is important to remember that sometimes God says no.

This doesnt mean that he hasnt answered. It just means that He sees the
big picture and knows what is best for you in the long run.

God has always loved His people. Also, keep a journal about the prayers that
He has answered for you. All of this will work together to increase your faith
and make you even more pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.

Do you have a good story about god interceding on your behalf?

A personal safety prayer is a great way to receive God’s protection now matter where you are are what you are doing.  Safety is one of those things that we take for granted until we find ourselves in danger.  Here is a prayer for you with Bible verses when you saying a personal safety prayer or a protection prayer.

Personal Safety Prayer and Protection Prayer Using Bible Verses

Dear God, I thank you that your unseen presence and power are always at work keeping me safe from danger.   I don’t always notice the gift of safety when I make it safely through another day or safely to my destination when traveling.  Forgive me for not thanking you when I lie down to sleep in peace and security after another normal day.

My current situation has reminded me that safety is not guaranteed in anything I do in life.  I now name the specific activity I am about to do or something that is making me feel unsafe or fearful.  Pray your divine safety for _______________________________________________________

I claim your promises from the Bible that you are able to keep me safe:

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”  (Psalm 4:8 NIV)

“Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.”  (Psalm 16:1 NIV)

“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”    (Psalm 27:5 NIV)

“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10 NIV)

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”  (Psalm 32:11 NIV)

I pray that you will keep me safe from those dangers and unexpected circumstances that I am not aware of.  I thank you that you say in the Bible, “The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.”  (Psalm 116:6 NIV)

I pray that you will make me more aware of dangers and safety issues so I can be on guard.  Fill my mind with caution when I am about to do things where risk is involved.  I claim the scripture where you say, “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”  (Proverbs 2:11 NIV)  I now name before you a known hazard or danger inherent in something I am doing or will be doing soon______________________________

Prepare me with knowledge, guidance, wisdom, caution, understanding and foresight.  Here is a source you are directing me to where I can find out how to stay safe in my situation ___________________________

I pray that you will send your angels, both heavenly and in human form to step in during the moments when my safety is in jeopardy.  I now claim your promise in the Bible, “If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”  (Psalm 91:9-12 NIV)

If a situation unfolds where I am in danger that cannot be avoided, I pray that you shield me and lessen any harm or impacts.  Afterwards, make me aware of how much worse it could have been without your protecting power.

If an accident does happen, I acknowledge the fact that life and the Christian faith are not without risks.  May I know that even in these situations, you are at work.  I meditate on the life of the Apostle Paul who tells in Corinthians chapters 11 and 12 in the Bible how he was constantly in danger in his ministry and often the victim of arrests, beatings and even shipwrecks.  He received a direct answer from God that God’s power was more apparent when we are weak.  Paul says, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  (2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV)

So now Dear God, make me strong in my weakness, confident in an unsafe world, thankful of your unseen protection in uneventful hours and days, attentive to your voice in times of danger and trusting when accidents happen that you will be my strength.  Amen.

Other scriptures on safety and protection to claim and mediate on 

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.  Psalm 3:3 NIV

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.  Proverbs 2:11 NIV

Psalm 91

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”                  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.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.                                  If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it?  Ezekiel 38:14 NIV

There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.  Ezra 8:21 NIV

Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.  Psalm 140:4  NIV

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.  Proverbs 29:25 NIV

While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.  John 17:12 NIV

Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord’s people there.  Romans 15:3 NIV

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  2 Timothy 4:18 NIV

It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.  Joshua 24:17 NIV

was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.”  Ezra 8:22 NIV

On the twelfth day of the first month we set out from the Ahava Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way.  Ezra 8:31

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  Psalm 5:11 NIV

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,  Psalm 12:7 NIV

Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.  Psalm 40:11 NIV

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  Psalm 91:14 NIV

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.  John 17:11 NIV

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  I Corinthians 14:7  NIV

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”  Deuteronomy 13:12 NIV

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.  2 Samuel 22:3 NIV

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.  Psalm 18:2 NIV

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.  Psalm 33:20 NIV

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Ephesians 6:16 NIV

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.  1 John 5:18

About this prayer

Every time our family gets in the car to go on a road trip we pause and say a very short “Lord, help us have a safe trip“ prayer.   At beginning of our trip we’re always aware of our need for God’s protection, but once we get to our destination we don’t very often pause and thank God for getting us there safely.

Safety is one of those hidden miracles that we don’t think about when things go well for us.  It’s not  until we have a close call or something happens to us that we realize what a blessing from God our safety is.

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