A Picture of God’s Protection & How to Pray For It

A Picture of God's Protection & How to Pray For It

images-1I heard a story about a farmer who was surveying the damage a fire had caused to his farm. He walked all around the farm looking for anything he could salvage. It seemed hopeless as everything was burnt to a crisp. When he came across his chicken coop, he looked down to see the charred carcass of a mother hen. He flipped the carcass over with the tip of his boot, and to his amazement, little live chicks ran out from under it! The mother had died protecting her chicks from the fire.

This mama chicken with big wings and the will to protect reminds me of the way God takes care of us, his chicks! You may have never thought of yourself as a lil chick, but that's how the Bible describes us.

Psalms 91:4

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

I love that fact that if we are believers in God, we are under his wings of protection. That's something we can take comfort in when life seems turbulent. When the bill collectors are calling, when the doctor calls with a bad report, you can call on the name of The Lord, and he will spread out his wings for you to duck under.

What have you been ducking under lately?

Have you used any substitutes for protection?

  • Maybe you've found yourself in your lover's arms thinking he or she can replace God's. They can't.
  • Maybe you've found yourself in your bottle of Jack Daniels, thinking it can wash away your pain. It can't.
  • Maybe you've found yourself working your way to a bloody pulp hoping to cover your situation. You can't.

Only the blood of Jesus offers access into God's Protection System. So if you want protection, you're covered, but you have to duck under and take cover.

If you'd rather not, and you take cover on your own - well, you're really just out there in the open. Vulnerable and without a chance. Sooner or later, circumstances will catch up with you and they will crush you. Why not seek safety under the shadow of His wings? When you do, you have this promise of protection…

2 Corinthians 4:8 & 9 NLT:

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Like that mother hen, Jesus is the bigger, stronger being that died protecting you from the fire. And because of his death, you don't have to experience the fire of hell or the fire of earthly trauma. All you have to do is believe in what he did for you and you'll be protected.

His feathers are big enough, strong enough, and his wings wide enough to cover you no matter what comes your way.

Here's a Prayer Booster from Prayer Rock-It to help you pray for God's protection...

Picture This:

You have nothing to fear. You feel safe. Though you have no bodyguard in the natural, you have angels all around you that can't be seen. You feel as though nothing can penetrate the barriers of protection God has surrounded you with. You are confident in God's care and because of that - you have not one concern for your life. All is well. You're relaxed.

Scripture This:

Proverbs 14:26 AMP

In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.

Psalm 32:7 NLT:

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.

Job 11:18-19 NLT:

Having hope will give you courage.

You will be protected and will rest in safety.

You will lie down unafraid,

and many will look to you for help.

Pray This: 

God, you are my great protector. Thank you for keeping me safe and secure. Since I fear you, I have nothing else to fear. You are my hiding place, protect me from trouble. Give me courage as I hope in you. Let me lie down unafraid and sleep in peace. Tonight I want to rest in safety. I look to you for help. Make me confident in you.

Say This:

I am full of hope. I'll relax. I'll be confident again. I look around, sit back, and take it easy. I am without a care in the world.  The Fear-of-God builds up confidence in me, and makes the world safe for my family and me. I am fully protected and safe in God's care.

 

Prayers Without Emotion Are Just as Powerful

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Ever thought that your prayer had to be emotional to be effective?

I admit it feels good to have emotions wash over me when I am spending time with God. Sometimes I am moved to tears as I pour out my heart. But at other times I have prayed almost completely void of emotion.

Many times I've had a blank stare piercing the heavens with no feeling behind it. I didn't feel like I could feel God's presence and I wondered if something was terribly wrong. Can you relate? Have you ever prayed this way?

James 5:16 says:

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJV)

You might read this scripture and think you have "work up" your emotions for your prayer to pack power. But packing a punch in the spirit realm has more to do with your faith than it does your emotions.

Emotional Response is Not An Indicator of Faith

The mistake we sometimes make is measuring our prayer time by our emotional response. Know what? There will be times you pray with more emotion than others and it has more to do with your mental, physical, and emotional state than it does your prayer.

I'm sure you'll agree with me, some days you could cry buckets over a cup of spilled coffee. Other days, you take it in stride. Some days a car cutting you off on the highway can evoke strong emotions. And hopefully not strong words or hand gestures! Other days, you just let it roll off your back.

Factors Impacting Your Emotions When Praying:

  • How much sleep you've been getting
  • How much stress you are under
  • If you are not feeling well or are in pain
  • If you have a headache
  • Your personality and temperament
  • Your upbringing (some people were raised in a very non-emotional environment)

Our prayers do not hinge on feelings. They hinge on faith. The Bible doesn't say, "without feelings it is impossible to please God." NO! It says, "without faith, it is impossible to please God."

While a fervent passionate prayer avails much, the Bible doesn't say passionate prayers are the only ones that work with God. This verse is just stating that when you are in a fervent prayer mode - it reaches the heavens. This isn't the only kind of prayer that works. Other kinds of prayer do too. So don't feel bad if your prayers aren't drenched with emotion, soaked with tears, and unique facial contortions.

Pray in faith - and your prayer will be just as powerful!

What do you think? Have you ever been trapped into thinking your prayers had to be drenched with emotion when you prayed? Leave your remarks in the comment section.

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Dr. Linda