Last week, we examined our own hearts and looked at how we could become more spiritually aware of the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This week, our prayer journey takes us to spiritual battle.
Praying for Protection
One of the great prayers of protection in the Old Testament is offered by Laban, the father-in-law of Jacob, when Jacob and his family returned home where he would be confronted by his brother Esau. As they departed, Laban prayed, “May the Lord watch between me and you while we are absent one from the other”. (Genesis 31:49) This prayer is referred to as the ‘Mizpah’.
Psalm 91 is another example of a prayer for protection. This Psalm could be recited before sleeping at night. “He who 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 91:1-2)
Another type of protection is protection from the ‘Evil One’. Jesus in his ‘High Priestly’ prayer, prayed that the Father would “protect us from the evil one” (John 17:15). Peter tells us the devil “walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”. (1 Peter 5:8) Every day we face challenges that can upset us and cause us to be anxious and even afraid. In the midst of it all, the Lord promises to be with us and protect us. Therefore prayers of protection enable us to give our concerns to God and to live with the confidence that He is watching over us.
1) Memorize the ‘Mizpah’
2) Be aware that every day the people of God are in a spiritual struggle. Read Ephesians 6:10-18. As you begin you day, mentally put on the various pieces of spiritual armour.
3) Throughout the day, reflect on the presence of God and his care over you.
4) Read Psalm 91 before going to bed. Let these words be the last thing you think about as you drift into sleep