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God’s hedge of protection … Caught Up!


Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. Psalm 27:7

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. Psalm 27:7

Day 10

Today’s focus has been all about protection. I’ve been praying for calm and peace against the anxiety, a lie of the enemy to distract me from praying.

I chose Prayer for my 31 Day Writing Challenge because that is where I am in my day to day. I’ve been praying more and more. And when I pray I pray God’s Word and only the solution. Because, after all, God knows what I need, often before I even know what I need.

Isn’t He wonderful.

Matthew 6:7-8

7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

I think we all begin, when learning to pray, with those begging prayers. And then we graduate to praying over and over, with many unnecessary words, as if God somehow cannot understand the severity of our need, or hear us.

Then, hopefully, we come to understand that God not only hears us, He knows our need before we do, and He answers us!

Again, isn’t He amazing!

So what is this hedge of protection? Many Christians have grown up in the Lord praying this hedge of protection. At our church we got into a conversation during fellowship about God’s Hedge! =) Wondering if it was actually in the bible and if it actually exists.

It is and it does!

In Job 1:10

“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

This is satan talking to God, trying to prove that we are protected by Father and without His protection we would curse Him [God]. Most know the story. If you don’t I encourage you to read it.

So the God’s Hedge of Protection is real and working! So we continue to pray it around us and others when we feel the need of protection from the enemy and life’s perils.

So, again, I offer you a template of a prayer, to begin a discipline of praying God’s protection around us.

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Hedge of Protection – adapted from Prayers that Avail much. (fill in the blanks, with “I” or the name of the loved one you are praying for.)

Father, in the name of Jesus, I lift up __________ to You and pray a hedge of protection around him/her. I thank You, Father, that You are a wall of fire round about __________ and that you set Your angels round about him/her.
I thank You, Father, that __________ dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty. We say of You, Lord, You are his/her refuge and fortress, in You will he/she trust. You cover __________ with Your feathers, and under Your wings shall he/she trust. __________ shall not be afraid of the terror by night or the arrow that flies by day. Only with his/her eyes will __________ behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because __________ has made You, Lord, his/her refuge and fortress, no evil shall befall him/her — no accident will overtake him/her — neither shall any plague or calamity come near him/her. For you give Your angels charge over __________, to keep him/her in all Your ways.
Father, because You have set Your love upon __________, therefore will You deliver him/her. __________ shall call upon You, and You will answer him/her. You will be with him/her in trouble and will satisfy __________ with a long life and show him/her Your salvation. Not a hair of his/her head shall perish. Amen.

Scripture References:
Ezekiel 22:30
Psalm 91:4,5 AMP
Zechariah 2:5
Psalm 91:8-11 AMP
Psalm 34:7
Psalm 91:14-16 AMP
Psalm 91:1,2 AMP Luke 21:18

This prayer is adapted from the scriptures above.
Today I prayed for my mom with this today. Mainly because I was at my wits end and didn’t know what to pray. And low and behold, and fully expected, God answered me.

This prayer does one other, very important thing. It prays the solution. It is not wordy and does not beg or repeat. It speaks God’s own words and the solution. A discipline that we all must hone. We must begin to pray God’s solutions.

And when we do … those solutions manifest. The more disciplined we are in these prayer the more and more we will notice God’s Hand upon our lives and we will come to an intimate knowing of His faithfulness to His Word and to us.

After all, He is the Best Daddy!

Lord, I thank You right now for those answered prayers. I thank You for my mother’s safety and soundness. Lord I ask that You continue to provide her with sound thinking and the motivation to get those things done in her life that she needs. I thank You that these things will manifest and become routine in her life, that she will come to a place where she cherishes these gifts from You. Lord again I call the blood of Jesus Christ over her and her household and our entire family. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Thanks for reading my friends. God bless you.

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David’s Prayers for Protection … Psalms


psalm 1914Day 9 … hopefully my last catch up from behind post! =)

I hope to be on track from this point on.

That said … some situations in my family have surfaced in the last 48 hours. Mainly concerning my mother, who is elderly and lives, defiantly, alone. She adamantly refuse help and to all her children any access to the things that need to be done to make her secure physically, mentally or financially. She is nothing if not independent!

Much to my frustration.

If you’ve ever read WAY back in this blog you would have found that me and my family (parents and siblings) did not have healthy lives, upbringings or relationships. It has definitely been a rough road, our lives together. Fast forward to today … And I feel frustrated in regard to my mother’s choices for her life. And … I feel deeply and profoundly that I must do as the Word requires and honor my mother and father regardless of how I feel about our past, present or future.

Am I caring for my parents and my grandmother with the correct attitude?

I believe I am. The past is what it is … that does not negate that they are my parents and I should honor that. Period.

A good attitude does not mean that I should enter into a relationship without boundaries to safe guard myself … and that is how I came to needing this prayer today. For mother, and for my sister and myself as well.

Psalm 71 is a prayer of protection written by David, as much of the Psalms were. It begins …

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

Psalm 91 is a psalm that contains ALL of the promises of God … written by Moses, it is believed. This Psalm a favorite of many amazingly confirms the above and ends (verses 14-16) with the ultimate promise of God’s love and protection!

It begins …

Whoever 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.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

The beginning of Psalm 91 is a prayer that affirms the prayer’s knowledge that God are the very thing David begs in his Psalm 71 prayer.

Much of praying needs to be the solution!

As I was writing this post, God answered the prayers I didn’t know how I was going to pray! Isn’t that amazing! He knows our hearts. He knows our needs before we can even articulate them.

Just in reading these Psalms and typing them and just putting them deeply into my heart, my prayers were answered.

That’s how prayer works, particularly when we pray God’s Word. Praying God’s Word, as I said in my last post, insures that we are praying God’s will for our lives and troubles.

God loves this … He wants us to chose him to help him. He becomes strong in our lives when we are weak and turn to Him to solve our problems.

2 Corinthians 12:9

he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

My encouragement to you is read the Psalms and use them in your prayer life, regularly. God has provided an entire Book in His Word for us to use for prayer! Amazing right?

Lord,

I thank You with all I am for the answered prayers today! I thank You that my obedience to your Word and guidance to seek You first has become a lifestyle for me, insuring Your presence in my every moment. I glorify You, I honor You, always!

Lord, thank Your Word, for the Psalms You provided for us to pray within Your will, always. Thank You.
Lord I pray a hedge of protection around me and my whole family. I pray the blood of Jesus Christ over this family right now! Lord You, alone our Rock and Redeemer. Our Refuge and Fortress. You rescue and deliver us from the enemy. Thank You Lord that You’ve given Your angels charge over us. I surrender all to You, You are the Lord of my life. Thank You Lord. May my life glorify You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thank you for reading my dear friends. You’re always in my prayers. God bless.

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31 Days of Prayer

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