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Prayer for Protection

prayer for protection

There is a long tradition in the Jewish faith of God being seen as a protector - the feast of passover celebrates this, and this theme permeates much of the Old Testament writing. In the Christian faith, not only does the Lord promise to be with his people always, but His presence is said to guard their inner beings. When Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi, he encouraged them with these words:-
"...the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus".

(Phil 4:7, WEB)

When we pray for God's protection, we can remind ourselves that we live in this long tradition of faith in a God as guard and protector.

Lower down on this page is a modern Christian prayer for safety and protection, an ancient Celtic prayer and a good meditation on God's guardianship from Youtube. There are also prayers for family protection and safety at night, and two short prayers for protection at work and protection against evil. Near the bottom of this page can be found bible verses about God's care and safety.

Prayer for my Children's Protection

(a prayer covering my son or daughter in God’s safety and shelter)

Dear Father,

You are like a wing that shelters my children, strong with protection, soft with grace.
You are like a shield that encircles them each day. They run free and you are with them as they adventure.
You are like a crown placed upon their heads, a symbol of sonship, of belonging and of their adoption into your family. Lord, I place them into your great care and declare that they are yours.


(a prayer for your children from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

A Prayer for Safety

A short inspiring film asking the Lord to come and guard the believer with His peace:-

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prayer for protection

A short inspiring prayer for safety & protection:-

prayer for protection & safety

Prayer for safety & protection

(a prayer blessing suitable to give to a friend or loved one)

May the three enfold you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Hold you safe and hold you strong

May the three encompass you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Encircle your life each day and night

May the three protect you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Guard your door and keep each gate

May the three watch over you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Still your heart and calm all fear

(a modern prayer for protection from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Meditation on God's Protection

A good meditation on the safety found in God. Psalm 23 likens God's protection to that of how a shepherd cares for his sheep:-

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Prayer for my family

Lord be besides us, all every day
Guiding and leading us gently always.
Lord be above us, help us to see
The hope of the future, of all we could be.
Lord be beneath us, carry us when
We’re too shattered or tired to really have strength.
Lord be ahead of us, smoothing our paths
Protecting and blessing the places we pass.
Lord be behind us, healing our wounds,
Forgiving our mistakes and making us new.
Jesus, be within us, this family is yours
Now and forever, you are our Lord.

(a family prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Short night prayer for protection

I lay down to sleep
Cradled in your loving hands.
I breathe out all my cares
I breathe in your grace.
I am safe in your care,
Sheltered, held, carried.
I lay down to sleep.

(a night prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Celtic Prayer

Prayer of protection for the home
house blessing prayer

Short prayer for protection against evil

Living Lord,
I am yours.
I wear the helmet of salvation and hope.
I carry the shield of faith and your word.
I hold the sword of the spirit.
I buckle the belt of truth around my waist.
I put on the breastplate of righteousness
And I walk with the boots of readiness and peace.

I am yours.

(a declaration prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Related reading -
What is a 'hedge of protection prayer'?

Prayer for Son’s Protection

Almighty God,
I give my precious son to you.
You have journeyed with me, from his birth till now.
Come walk with him, to protect, keep and help him at this difficult time.
Give me all that I need to love and support him.
I surrender to you my concerns, worries and regrets.
Please wipe away my guilt and fill me afresh with new vision and hope.
Bless his life with contentment and joy,
And may his cup overflow with goodness and love.
I entrust him to you.


(a parents prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

The Lord will protect you now and always wherever you go.

Psalm 121:8, (CEV)

Prayer for Protection At Work
Be beside me O Lord
My advisor and my friend.
Be behind me O Lord
My protector and shield.
Be beneath me O Lord
My helper and strength.
Be ahead of me O Lord
My inspirer and guide.
I am your servant O Lord
May I be full of your love
Each day.


(a prayer for before work from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Celtic prayer of protection

Christ before me
Christ within me
Christ above me
Christ below me
Christ behind me
Christ to the right of me
Christ to the left of me

Short prayer for protection

Lord Jesus,

You are a shield around me.
Strong in love, heavy with power
Shaped with hope and gilded with truth.
I will fear no evil, for you watch over me
You defend and deliver me.
In this day, this hour, this moment
I put my trust in you.


(prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Bible verses about protection

A selection of scriptures which speak of God's care and protection over us.

God's promise of protection in Psalm 91

(Psalm 91 is often to referred to as the 'Prayer of Protection')

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."

(Psalm 91:1-3, NIV)

King David likens God's protection to a fortress:-

"Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower"

Psalm 18:2 (WEB)

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