During a time of trouble or calamity, (and for many now – terrorism), it can be difficult to remember the promises of God. Terrorism comes against people to cause them to be filled with fear and terror to such an extent that they feel:
1) they are victims who cannot help themselves;
2) their families cannot take care of them;
3) they cannot take care of their loved ones,
4) their government cannot take care of them,
5) and ultimately, for spiritual people who believe in whom or what they call god cannot take care of them.
For believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, this would mean they have lost faith and no longer believe that Yahweh God can take care of them. Thus, believing themselves to be helpless and overwhelmed, they surrender to what they perceive as “inevitable”, by giving up and becoming “forever victims”.
This depth of demonic suppression and oppressive control can be broken – But ONLY by the Word of God as written in the *Older and *Newer Covenants of the Holy Bible. Period.
*Testaments” are finite documents. “Covenants” that are made with God are eternal agreements, thus a betetr term to refer to the two sections of our Bibles.
The pressures of the moment may for a time seem totally overwhelming. But for those who believe in Yahweh God, He will never forsake us or leave us or let us down. HIS WORD IS ETERNAL AND WILL NEVER EVER FAIL OR FAIL TO EXIST! At such times, it is often helpful to read, meditate, and pray the entire chapter of Psalm 91.
It may be that during stressful times you will find that praying all of these scripture prayers at one sitting is too long. If so, note the passages that touch or speak to your heart in special ways and focus on them as you pray. Reading and praying these passages aloud can be even more helpful. It is been scientifically proven that people retain more of what is read and spoken, than that which is read silently. Another proven fact to consider is that when we hear our own voice, we are automatically far more attentive and much more likely to remember what we have heard.
A vital point: pray these scriptures on a regular, daily basis – even when times are not particularly stressful for you or when you are anticipating a rough time. Praying these passages of scripture during the good or better times helps us reinforce and deepen our faith even more and may give us additional insights we might not grasp when praying these verses under great stress.
Remember, Noah built his ark when the sun was shining (scholars indicate it took him 120 years). Because what he was doing must have seemed so out of the bounds of reason and ridiculous (building a huge ark, in the desert, when people had never even seen rain up until the day the flood began), he and his family must have been ridiculed, taunted, jeered and treated as objects of derision by others. And yet, Noah, the spiritual leader of his family as the husband and father, and most importantly, as a devout believer in God – he and his family kept working faithfully – fully persuaded by their faith in God. In addition, another point that is rarely taught at length by many preachers and teachers is that there was tremendous demonic activity and sheer evil prevailing over all the earth at that time.
The foundation for what you and I are called to battle against in spiritual warfare is best expressed by Paul to the congregation at Ephesus when he says “we wrestle not against flesh and blood” …
10) In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
11) Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12) For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
13) Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. These verses are from Ephesians 6, the Amplified Version. Please read the entire chapter and put on “the armor of God” by praying the entire armor section every day – over yourself, and all those you love.)
This depth of evil cannot be fought against successfully nor can a person achieve any amount of victory over it by any or all combined measures of human strength alone. Our only offensive weapon is the Word of God which is “more powerful than any two-edged sword”. Jesus is our example: whenever He faced Satan in the wilderness, and on every other such occasion – he quoted the Word of God to Him. I believe Jesus prayed the Word of God whenever He prayed.)
Think about it: Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:1), quoting the Word (Torah) against Satan – and “Yes, Virginia,” and every other doubting dreamer – there is a devil called Satan and he is very real!)
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Scripture Prayers of Protection:
Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus, acknowledging You as my Refuge and High Tower. You are a refuge and a stronghold in these times of trouble (high cost, family strife, destitution, desperation, and TERRORISM).
In the day of trouble You will hide me in Your shelter; in the secret place of your tent You will hide me; You will set me high upon a rock. And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies around about me; in Your tent I will offer sacrifices of praise and shouting of joy to You; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to You, O Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!
On the authority of Your Word, I declare that I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. When I cry for help, You, Lord. Hear me, and deliver me out of all my distress and troubles, You are close to me, for I am of a broken heart, and You save such as are crushed with sorrow of sin and are thoroughly penitent. Lord, many are the evils that confront me, but You deliver me out of them all.
Thank You for being merciful and gracious to me, O God, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge and am confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed. You bring to pass Your purposes for me and surely You complete them!
Father, You are my Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a vey present and well-proved help in trouble.
Lord, You have given and bequeathed to me Your peace (“shalom” = the Hebrew understanding: “nothing missing, nothing broken”). By Your grace, I will not let my heart be troubled, neither will I let it be afraid. With the help of the Holy Spirit I will stop allowing myself to be agitated and disturbed; and I refuse to permit myself to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.
By faith in You and by Your Strength living and moving in me through the power of Your indwelling Holy Spirit, I respond to these troubles and calamities: I am full of joy now! I exult and triumph in my troubles and rejoice in my sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character of this sort produces the habit of joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames me, for Your love has been poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit Who has been given me.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen. So be it!
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: All are taken from the Amplified Version of the Bible, except the one from John as noted.
Psalm 9:9 Psalm 57:1,2 Psalm 27:5-7Palm 46:1 2 Corinthians 5:21 John 14:27 (KJV)Psalm 34:17-20 Romans 5:3-5