I believe the prayer of protection is the most frequent prayer parents pray. Before our children are born, we pray for a safe delivery. We pray that they don’t get sick, hit by a car, break a bone,have good grades and not get picked on in school. When they become teenagers, we pray that God protects them while they drive, go out with their friends and that they don’t get caught up in substance abuse or sex. We pray that God protects them from natural disasters, accidents, terrorists, bombs, murderers and the list goes on and on.
God does not promise us that our children will never go through trials and hardship. They will. But God does promise us that He will carry them through and He does promise that our prayers play an important part in keeping them safe.
Psalm 91, is one of the most comforting chapters of the Bible.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 57:1 tells us that when David was in a cave hiding from Saul, he prayed, Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge, I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against us shall prospered every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me, says the Lord.
Think about this, God knew our children before they were born. He has had plans for them since they were in the womb. And God created them in His image. That means that He loves them and will protect them.
So I encourage you to speak to God about His children who He entrusted you to take care of. He loves them and wants His best for them, just like you do.