10 Short Prayers For Protection

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God is the great Protector. His name in Hebrew to describe this is Jehovah-Nissi. He is the One who defends, delivers, covers, preserves, shelters and watches over us. Sometimes we need to call upon Him in our prayers for protection. Here are ten short prayers for protection that you might want to consider.

Jacob’s Prayer for Protection from Esau (Genesis 32:9-12)

Prayers for Protection

"... Please deliver me from the hand of my brother"

And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'”

Jehoshaphat Fasted and Prayed for Protection from the Moabites and Ammonites and the Meunites (2 Chronicles 20:6-12)

“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you— for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Ezra Fasted and Prayed for Protection from the Enemy (Ezra 8:21-23)

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

David’s Prayer for Protection from his son Absalom (Psalms 3)

O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God. Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah

Stephen’s Prayer for the Protection (mercy) of His Murderers (Acts 7:60)

And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Paul’s Prayer Thanking God for Deliverance from Evil at Colossae (Colossians 1:9-14)

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

“The Lorica” [1]

I bind to myself today – God’s Power to guide me, God’s Might to uphold me, God’s Wisdom to teach me, God’s Eye to watch over me God’s Ear to hear me,

God’s Word to give me speech, God’s Hand to guide me, God’s Way to lie before me, God’s Shield to shelter me, God’s Host to secure me,

Against the snares of demons, against the seductions of vices, against the lusts of nature,

Against everyone who meditates injury to me, whether far or near, whether few or with many.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left, Christ in the fort, Christ in the chariot seat, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

Personalized Well-known Passages As Prayers for Protection

Based upon Psalms 91:9-16

Holy God, I have made You my dwelling place, the Most High, who is my refuge and I trust that because of this no evil shall be allowed to befall me, no plague come near my home. For he will command his angels concerning me to guard me in all my ways. On their hands they will bear me up lest I strike my foot against a stone. I will tread on the lion and the adder;  the young lion and the serpent I will trample underfoot. I rest upon your promise: “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Amen

Based upon Psalms 140:1-5

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah

Based upon Ephesians 6:13-17

Dear Lord, as I put on the full armour of God, I know that when the day of evil comes, I will be able to stand my ground, and after I have done everything, I will stand. I will stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I will take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


[1] An excerpt from 1889, C. F. (“Fanny”) Alexander (1818-1895), version at the request of H. H. Dickinson, Dean of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle.

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Jack February 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Wow, the Ezra one was so powerful. What great timing for this Pam as we are in more need of protection today than ever before because the world is increasingly becoming a more dangerous place. Thank you. Well done….again, and as always.


Pam February 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Thanks Jack, I so agree about what Ezra prayed. I think sometimes we just skip right over this stuff. I especially love his testimony at the end “… and he listened to our entreaty”. Powerful is a great word my friend. Praise to God for using me to share the Word in this way. His Word is Powerful. Powerful to Protect!


richard nana kissi October 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

hello my brother and sister or my fathers and mothers i need god help am in ghana i want to know more about god.


Tamyko McCaskill Brown September 3, 2014 at 5:13 am

Hello, Lady Pamela Rose Williams! God directed me here, by way of a GOOGLE search for “prayers for protection”. Praise God for allowing you to share these beautiful prayers.

May you and your family, friends and ministry be blessed abundandantly.


mishingo chiche March 20, 2012 at 5:51 am

i loved these words very much,im healed through all these words im gratefull.keep on doing these good work God will bless for these.


mishingo chiche March 20, 2012 at 6:20 am

thats truth God is always good and he has done a lot in my life,i have done nothing before the eyes of the lord that i desrve all these im having today but by the grace im whom i am today,you guys you are doing a great job.after reading i felt free and they was joy in my heart,i have discovered that God loves me so much no matter what i may be going through rightnow,mie day will come.


Belinda kadima June 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

The messages are strong indeed they have revived my faith in God. Thank you for the wonderful work.


becky Dube July 18, 2012 at 4:20 am

wow there are so powerful message. Indeed when you put God first in everything u shall lack nothing as he said call upon my name I will show you greater things (Jeremiah 33 v 3). May his Name be glorified


Olujimi Ayodeji Timothy September 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

i appreciate your prayer points may God continue to be with you in Jesus Name


Pamela October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Well written prayers and referances. I have been getting demonic attacks in the middle of the night for many months now. I am going to make great use of the examples given here for complete protection from Jehovah Nissi. Thank you Pam


David July 21, 2013 at 1:41 am

I am now coming to believe that what I have been experiencing over the years have been demonic attacks as well. I have been struggling with addictions, financial lack, unbearable fear and sadness and the feeling of having no where to go for help. I will be praying for you Pamela.


Fredrick daniel October 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Please pray for me send me daily prayer please am struggling a lot please


Florence October 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Pray for the power of God to ransom me in every area of my life and no eve shall befall me and my family


David July 21, 2013 at 1:50 am

Praying for you Florence.


vince uche A October 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

In fact, i want to thank God who has given you the spirit, the strength and the grace to come out with his word which is true and life in us that believe.
May almighty living God pour his anointing power on you, so that you can come with more true and faithful prayer for us laymen to be reading.
God bless you in Jesus name amen.


Sylvia October 30, 2012 at 5:40 am

Great Works Pam keep up the good works The prayers have be uplifting for me thank God for people like you


Abraham November 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

was down before reading this page but after reading am lifted,ready to face my adversery.Thank God for this and God bless.


altine November 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

you have me by upliftig my spirit thanks to ure article and may God continue to bless u


Barbara November 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

Dear Lord Jesus, please protect me and my family from the ones who are persecuting us. Please protect us from the military secret services who have used their power to persecute the Pindown child abuse victims and their families. Please help us dear Lord, and thank you for the person who put these prayers up, to strengthen our faith.


Pamela Rose Williams November 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Dear Babara, I am praying with you sister.


Emily O. December 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm


Please add me to your prayer intentions. I trusted the wrong person whom I met on Facebook groups, and shared confidences with her. Now, she’s out repeating what I shared in confidence and causing me harm. The smear campaign is so evil and virulent, and she has not ceased. I fear for my health and sanity. I pray for God’s forgiveness in trusting her. I pray that her evil thoughts and ways turn, and that I may be vindicated and redeemed. All in Jesus’ name. AMEN.


Nancy December 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Great prayers for encouragement. My sisters and brothers, when you believe in God nothing is impossible to achieve or overcome. Have FAITH that The Lord is in control of your destiny. Remember, sometimes what we want is not what The Lord wants for us. Trust that he will lead your journey.
My The Lord’s name be glorified.


don cole December 30, 2012 at 3:05 am

A prayer of protection is much needed! As a person of God please send this to my family and my association. God has watched over me all of my life, now I need help for my family! God is good, but there is something negative in our life. Help3


valerie January 5, 2013 at 12:44 am

Hi, my name is Valerie. I have a 5 yr old son, who for the scariest thing , is hearing whispers. Just recently, he acted upon something.. that mysteriously told him, “come out here”. There’s alot more to thi. But in ur opinion, are spirits, ghost or demons real? And if so..would these prayers help with it? Main strangeness, occurs in his room. Even our dog n cat, are acting weird.



David July 21, 2013 at 1:44 am

Ghosts and demons are very real. Call out the name of Jesus and they will flee.


sher January 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm

i need prayers formyself. My son keep threatening me and i Know it is not his will. I dont know what he is capable of doing But i need you to pray for me. I have downloaded the prayers of protection which I will say daily. Thanks


Mary foster February 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

Hello Pamela. I have been searching for scripture verses and a prayer for protection of our country from the perils of fracking and have not found anything that jumps out at me. There have been petitions, marches and protests but prayer has been absent from any groups or gatherings I’ve ever attended. Can you suggest something I can bring forward at our next meeting and with Gods grace and guidance will have the courage to introduce prayer to our eclectic group of environmentalists.


geoffrey February 16, 2013 at 7:35 am

the Prayers are really powerful.They’ve strenghten my relationship with God.Please put me in prayers.


Chrystal February 19, 2013 at 1:58 am

Hello Pamela. Thankyou for posting these prayers. I’m going through so many problems with a frivolus law suit. I was really starting to lose myself tonight in depression. I googled prayers for protection and this came up. Thankyou so much and god bless you. Please keep me I prayer.


Pamela Rose Williams February 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

Crystal I will pray. Thank you for your comment.


Martha March 6, 2013 at 1:03 am

I awoke suddenly, was looking for healing scriptures and found this site. These are wonderful prayers for children and reminded me to kneel before my Creator, and thankfully praise Him for healing, mercy, deliverance from any evil, direction. I live alone and have been seeking healing, resting assured He already paid the price for me, even when I don’t see or feel completely OK, His promises to me are gold. No man, no Dr., can heal as the Great Physician. My children are far away; I love them anyway…..when we are older we require their love, but they may not remember the times we carried them. Be merciful to me, O Lord, grant thy mercies toward my children, Amen.


I Ramirez March 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Dear people I come to all who are reading this message for prayer. I beg for prayer for my little nephew Ruben Garza Jr. I pray for God Almighty’s protection & for His mercy to please please bring my nephew home very soon. May God speak to the heart of Judge Lopez so that Judge Lopez can grant my nephew a court day very soon and grant my nephew probation. In Jesus name I pray, amen!


felicia March 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

please pray for me and for my daughter karleen who did an interview with the taiwan government for a scholarship to sturdy in Taiwan.please pray for her to be successful. thank you


richard Vasquez April 15, 2013 at 1:14 am

Please pray for me and my familia we have been through some hard times lately, I recently got out of juvie and then went to a group home my mom took me in I am now providing the food but by ways I wish I had not gotten involved in but lately we have not had enough food please pray for our safety


Samantha April 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Thank you for these prayers, they have taken a burden off my heart. I am currently scared for myself and my friends and family because threats have been made against me and anyone who stands on my side. These prayers have reminded me that I am powerless over what others do, but can turn to God to protect me and those around me. Please pray for us, as I will for you. God is good!


David July 21, 2013 at 1:36 am

Praying for you Samantha!


Cherryl April 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Pray for me! I need to be a strong woman and secure in myself! I need to be able to admit to wrong doing and the opportunity to rectify!


Ishmael Milamala May 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

please i really need help in my life to follow christ in prayer.
Below is my email address.
I am kindly waiting to receive help from you.
yours in christ Ishmael Milamala.


jeff May 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I need prayer for healing my body and mental health and stability


Carl John Susai June 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

I need prayer for my family, specially for my children’s education and protection. and for my job protection,


Alhaji Saidu Kargbo July 12, 2013 at 4:49 am

I feel protected after pray all the prayer point, thank you for sending this wonderful protection prayer points.

God is a grate God he is always there for us, if we call his name.


David July 21, 2013 at 1:34 am

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am a nervous wreck. My parents have struggled financially for many years and I am unable to find more than a part-time job to take care of them. I have been addicted to pornography for a few years. I wish I had never made the decision to watch. It has destroyed my life and my relationships with others.

I am full of guilt, shame and remorse. I am fearful of what tomorrow may bring and I have no joy in doing anything. All I do is cry. I don’t know who to talk to about this. I am slightly suicidal for making such a foolish mistake. My parents love me and I feel as if I betrayed them.

I feel alone and scared. I ask Jesus that He will forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I don’t know if I can make it through this period without Him. My heart aches. I ask that all of you please pray for my family’s health and well-being, as well as for my sanity. Thank you.



Pamela Tumwebaze July 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm

God is full of Grace – Grace is God’s unmerrited favor. it is abounding and always available for all of us. by faith receive it. he is your refuge, run to him.


Peter November 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

To David for your post on July 21, 2013 at 1:34 am

You are already in the right direction. You have asked Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart.
Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. Accept Him as your Lord & Saviour so that you wont get into any temptation & Sin.
Romans 8:1 [ Life in the Spirit ] There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Hold on & God will take care of all your needs & desires
Psalm 37:4 [Full Chapter]
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.


Pamela Tumwebaze July 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I shared a few months ago that I had been constantly under attacks by Satan. well I just want to say that prayer works. all those out there who have been under constant demonic oppression please pray. pray scripture. when you give it to God be rest assured that he never, never at all loses a battle to Satan. maybe one day I will be able to share more
Hold bless you all


Pamela Tumwebaze July 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

God is full of Grace – Grace is God’s unmerrited favor. it is abounding and always available for all of us. by faith receive it. he is your refuge, run to him.


ESTHER WANGU August 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

May God almighty bless you


Halima Abanonu August 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

God is always there for us. He will never leave us to be prey to satan. I had evil attacks sometimes, but God never leaves me, He is ever making a victor. May God be praised now and forever..


Desmond August 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm

My boss, N George is deliberately trying to get me fired from my job.

This could be catastrophic for me my wife and four children,two of whom are currently at university.

I seek protection against George’s greatest efforts to get me fired.

My job is critical and my only means of taking care of my family, which consist of my wife and four children.


Jack Wellman August 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Take heart Desmond for even the kings are subject to God’s rule (Prov 21:1) and can make direct them wherever he wills (Nehemiah 1) and so put your trust in Him. I will pray for you and your family.


Florence August 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Please pray for me for protection, I’ve been threaten by a lady for no good reason. I also ask for your prayers to suppoort me cancelling all the evil plans that this lady has againts me. Thankyou


Jack Wellman August 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Strange as this sounds Florence, I would pray for this lady. We are commanded to pray for our enemies and those who dispise us and so by praying for your natural enemy that God would bless her, you may heap coals of fire on her head (trouble her conscience) and God will honor this by perhaps getting her off your back. I would go so far as to tell this lady that you are praying for her. By the way, God can even use evil to glorify His name to work out the purposes that He desires, like with Joseph an Job.


Desmond August 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Please pray for me for the protection of my job and by extension, my family. Also pray for me so that I shall be successful with my studies.


tessa August 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

Good Morning: im in need of Prayer for me and my family
too many bad things have happen to the point if im being cursed. Im having 2 surgerys one in September 5th and the other in October please pray for me and my family.


tessa August 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

Please pray for my protection in my job to many evil spirits surronds me. My health my children my mother, brother, fiance, my niece. My surgerys will be on my ovaries my uterus and a breast biopsy please im so terrified anxious so many things are going through my mind. My aunt passed away from breast cancer and this terrifies me.ty god bless


noma February 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Thank you for th prayers..I woke up feeling like something is not okay with me and my dreams..I knew what i needed to strengthen my prayers.I googled prayers for protection,and you did not disappoint me..May you be blessed as u blessed us in return.


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michelle July 23, 2015 at 12:47 am

Please I ask for prayers of protection for my family. I fear my ex is going to harm or kill myself and my children. I have strayed from God many years ago and have been dealing with my demons of addiction to alcohol. I lay awake in fear every night. I need God back in my life.


Bev August 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

I will put you in my prayers, Michelle. If you have a Bible, you may want to memorize some verses for courage, for protection, for comfort and repeat them out loud. I think that hymns are also very powerful. You are God’s child and you deserve safety, happiness and peace of mind. Bev


Catherine February 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

wao, would like to get contact for direct prayers!
Thanks a lot.


Catherine February 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

Would apreciate if you could contact me.


ken February 27, 2016 at 9:35 am

please pray for me and my family my brother has posted bad stuff and lies on a social media site.he is full of anger and hate over things we cannot figure out.i am struggling with hate and anger in my heart.i am asking for a heart to forgive him,i love my brother an I think he may have mental problems.he said things against many family members.


SANCTUARY HOUSE November 15, 2016 at 2:49 am

Thank you very much. More of this and I wish you God’s speed in the name of Jesus.
please I also wish to thank you for th prayers..I woke up feeling like something is not okay with me and especially in my dream life ..I knew i can pray but what is lacking is the oil to strengthen my prayers.I look for prayers for protection,and you did me proud..May you be blessed in Christ as you bless your generation.


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