Monday, January 5, 2015

Praying Prayers of Protection for Our Children

Our children need protection. We live in a fallen world with an enemy that wants to devour them and us. We need protection. Our children need protection and our prayers for protection are so necessary.

Like the knights of long ago that wore armour to protect them. The knights needed help putting on the armour. So as parents our prayers are the help to put on the armour.

So many battles and struggles begin in the heart and mind. While I do pray for physical protection, in this prayer my focus is on the heart and mind. Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rules, against the authorities, against the cosmos powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." (ESV) This is a spiritual battle and the enemy wants to devour and destroy. We need protection.

Pray a hedge of protection around your children. Job had a hedge of protection around him and that did protect him from the evil one.. (Job 1:10) Ask God to put a hedge of protection around your children.

As the attacks come, pray that the Lord will be the shield. (Psalm 27:7) The God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46:7) God is the Rock of refuge. (Psalm 31:2)

Pray and trust God. Our responsibility is to pray, to train our children to pray for protection. We need to remember that God is faithful, commit your children to him. (Psalm 31:5)

We can pray this way because

  • God is Jehovah-nissi, our refuge.
  • Christ has died for us on the cross and we have victory through him
  • the Holy Spirit lives within us

Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray that you will put a hedge of protection around my children. I pray that you will build a strong wall to protect them from the fiery darts of the wicked one. Be their shield. I ask that you protect their hearts and minds, keeping out thoughts that should not be there and helping them to dwell on truth. Ask that they might know that you are a refuge where there is protection. Lord, I trust my children into your care for you are faithful. 

You can write your own prayer but this or a variation of this is often my prayer as I fall asleep at night. To help keep my mind focused on the prayer I will often visualise the wall being built like a strong castle. Maybe that image comes from living here in England and seeing castles all around. I encourage you to pray prayers of protection for your children.

Trust God he is faithful.

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