The Prayer of Protection Devotional

Daily Strategies for Living Fearlessly In Dangerous Times


By Joseph Prince

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Discover the gospel of grace with this 90-day devotional based on Psalm 91.

A 90-day devotional adapted from New York Times bestselling author Joseph Prince's book The Prayer of Protection. With Psalm 91 as their guide, Daily Readings From the Prayer Potection will give readers an understanding about how God guards His children and provide them with tools to ward off the evil that tries to come near. Each daily experience includes a scripture reading, a key truth about God's love and protection, a powerful thought to use during the day, a place to journal, and a powerful, specific Prayer of Protection readers can pray.



We live in dangerous times. A time in which a person could be attacked by terrorists while watching a concert. A time during which an epidemic from one country could spread to another through a single traveler. A time when earthquakes, floods, and other calamities seem to be happening all too often. A time of violence, conflict, and wars.

Unfortunately, we already know that the world is going to get even darker. Isaiah 60:2 tells us this: Darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people.

But I have good news for you, my friend. Good news of the promises in God's Word that will fortify you and equip you during these times. Good news of His protection and His favor upon you. Good news that declares that you are in this world, but not of this world!

Isaiah 60:2 does not end with deep darkness. It goes on to declare this: But the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

The darker the world becomes, the brighter YOU will shine. As gloom and despair cover the earth, your light will become increasingly radiant. You will be His beacon of grace and glory in the midst of deep darkness. The world will see you walking in the fullness of the Lord's blessings and favor, and wonder how you and your household could be protected from the destruction and chaos all around.

You may be familiar with the Old Testament story of Daniel's friends, who were thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to the golden idol of King Nebuchadnezzar. The king, his governors, and his counselors all witnessed for themselves how the fire had no power over the three Hebrew boys. Not a single strand of their hair was singed nor were their garments scorched. In fact, they walked away from the furnace without so much as the smell of smoke or fire on them!

Beloved, I want you to picture Daniel's friends walking out of that fiery furnace, completely unharmed. That's a picture of you and me today. In Christ, we are in this world, but we are not of this world. Even when thrown into the most extreme and challenging circumstances, we can walk out unharmed. The same Lord Jesus who stood with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace stands with you today!

The darkness is real. The fire is real. The dangers in this world are certainly real, but His promise that you can live protected, untouched, and fearlessly can be an even greater reality in your life.

The Word of God tells us that fear involves torment. Our Father in heaven doesn't want any of His beloved children tormented by fear. His Word tells us, "There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!" (1 John 4:18 AMPC).

This collection of ninety daily devotionals contains excerpts from my original book, The Prayer of Protection, that will help anchor you in God's protective love for you and garrison your heart. Whatever fear it is that grips your heart, I want every trace of it to be expelled. You are not a hapless bystander who has no choice but to live in fear. No, you are set apart by your heavenly Abba. You are His beloved, and He who watches over you never slumbers or sleeps (see Ps. 121:4)! And yet, we cannot take His protection for granted.

The Prayer of Protection Devotional is divided into twelve sections. Each section uncovers what the Bible says about divine protection and provides faith-building truths that I know will strengthen you. The goal is for you to take just a brief amount of time each day to read and reflect, to see the circumstances in your life in the light of what you've learned in each reading, and to let God's promises of protection fill your heart, mind, and mouth.

Each of the daily readings was selected to show you how you can personally apply and learn to pray the prayer of protection found in Psalm 91. I've added several other features to help you apply and live out the truths that God wants you to know. Each daily devotional includes:

A key verse: A powerful, faith-building Scripture that relates to the inspirational reading, giving it a biblical foundation and anchoring your heart on divine protection. I encourage you to meditate on these daily Scriptures—you will be surprised how much the Holy Spirit will open up God's Word to you and refresh and strengthen your heart!

A devotional excerpt from The Prayer of Protection: An inspiring new covenant truth that ministers God's promises of protection, renews your mind, and releases you to experience freedom from every fear. These truths cover what it means to dwell in the secret place of the Most High God and the keys to living fearlessly in the protection of the Father's love. You will also see how the application of these truths has led believers to experience God's amazing protection firsthand.

Today's Prayer: A faith-filled prayer meant to help you express your heart to your heavenly Father. Feel free to adapt these prayers to your own situations. Just speak from your heart. Remember, the effective, fervent prayer of a child of God avails much (see James 5:16). Your Father is waiting and listening!

Today's Thought: A simple, powerful thought based on the daily reading and Scripture to help you focus on God's protection and His favor upon you. Let these thoughts guard your mind from any fear or defeatist thought that the enemy throws at you.

Our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In the same way He supernaturally delivered the precious individuals whose stories you will read in this book, He will deliver you too. As you put these promises on divine protection into action, you will experience miracles of deliverance, protection, and healing in your life.

These ninety readings should be read at a one-each-day pace so that they carry you through three months or so. It is my prayer that as you journey through the powerful revelations contained in this book, you will be empowered to truly live confidently and fearlessly in these dangerous times.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress;

My God, in Him I will trust."

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler

And from the perilous pestilence.

He shall cover you with His feathers,

And under His wings you shall take refuge;

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,

Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

And ten thousand at your right hand;

But it shall not come near you.

Only with your eyes shall you look,

And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

No evil shall befall you,

Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways.

In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation."



He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

—Psalm 91:1



He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

—Psalm 91:1

There is a lot of fearmongering everywhere you turn today—on the news, in the papers, via social media, and unfortunately, on Christian media as well. However, it is vital that we do not let fear take over our hearts. As believers, we have no business feeding on fear. If your mind is entangled with knots of anxiety, perhaps it's time for you to examine your mental diet. What have you, consciously or unconsciously, been meditating on? Are you ingesting and believing everything you see in the news reports, or are you living by what the Lord Jesus has purchased for you at Calvary?

To help you understand God's heart for you regarding fear and your walking in His protection, I want to share with you a powerful key from today's verse, the very first verse of Psalm 91, the prayer of protection. The Hebrew word for "dwell" is yashab, which means to sit down, to remain, or to settle.1 Notice that the very first thing that God wants you to do to enjoy His protection is to rest. His protection, peace, love, and other blessings flow in your life when you are in a place of rest.

Let's camp on the word dwell just a little more. Let's meditate on what it means to rest or "sit down." The Bible says that we are seated with Christ at God's right hand (see Eph. 2:6, Heb. 1:3). The word "seated" is beautiful—it means that you are no longer standing and working.

Under the old covenant, the priest had to offer the morning sacrifice at 9 a.m., and then remain standing for six hours until after the evening sacrifice at 3 p.m. Our Lord Jesus was crucified at 9 a.m. and He hung on the cross for six hours until He died at 3 p.m., thus fulfilling the type of both the morning and evening sacrifices (see Heb. 10:11–12). Because Jesus became the final sacrifice, the work of the priest is done and he no longer has to stand. Because our Lord cried, "It is finished!" at Calvary (John 19:30), we are today seated in Christ. We can dwell in the secret place of the Most High—a place of peace, safety, and security—and we can live fear-free because the blood of our Lord Jesus has paid for every blessing of protection in Psalm 91!

Today, whether you are dealing with a difficult financial situation, a sleep disorder, or plagued by depressive or even suicidal thoughts, my desire is for you to discover a God who loves you, and whose strong hands of protection are over your entire life and over every area that concerns you.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank You for the great love with which You have loved me and made me to sit with Jesus at Your right hand. I gladly choose to enter into the rest found only in the finished work of Your Son and to dwell in Your secret place of peace, safety, and security. I believe I can live fear-free today because of the blood of Jesus. Amen.

Today's Thought

Because of the blood of Jesus, I am in the secret place of the Most High, divinely protected and able to live fearlessly.



The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

—Proverbs 18:10

In the last reading, we learned that because of the completed work of our Lord Jesus, we can dwell "in the secret place of the Most High," having free access into the presence of our Elyon, the Most High. We can "abide under the shadow of the Almighty," or Shaddai. These two Hebrew names of God—Elyon and Shaddai—in the first verse of Psalm 91 alone help to put our problems in perspective, don't they? In and of ourselves, our present challenges may appear insurmountable. But when we are resting in the presence of El Elyon—God Most High, the possessor of heaven and earth (see Gen. 14:19)—and abiding under the shadow of El Shaddai—God Almighty, the all-sufficient One—all of a sudden, our adversities don't seem so intimidating after all!

My prayer for you is that your perspective of God will be enlarged as you see Him and His attributes in the Scriptures and discover the power of His living Word, as Carina from North Carolina did:

My grandson, Caylen, was born three months premature, weighing 1lb 7oz. He was in the hospital for almost six months. We were told that his survival rate was low. Even if he did survive, he would have significant development delays.

At the time of his hospitalization, his mother was asked if there was a Bible verse that she wanted to be placed above her son's incubator. She gave them Psalm 91. I don't know if my daughter had any idea of the power of putting that psalm above his incubator. I did not realize how powerful it was until later.

Caylen had surgery for his heart and also two more for his stomach. He did well in all his surgeries, so much so that the doctor commented, "I don't think he realizes he is supposed to be sick."

My grandson is now six years old with no developmental delays and advanced in almost every area. Praise the Lord!

God took little Caylen into that secret place where he was safe and received healing. I saw firsthand how the world could not harm him and he is now a walking testimony of the power and love of God.

My friend, there is no doubt that there is power in the Word of God. There is healing power in the prayer of protection! I pray that you'll also let His Word strengthen you and cause you to rest in the protection and might of our El Elyon and El Shaddai.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank You that I can run to You and find strength in You. I commit all my concerns into Your hands. I thank You for Your abiding presence with me and I rest in Your love, protection, and might. Amen.

Today's Thought

I will rest in the presence of El Elyon—God Most High, the possessor of heaven and earth—and abide under the shadow of El Shaddai—God Almighty, the all-sufficient One—whose power no foe can withstand!



For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.

—2 Corinthians 1:20 AMPC

Where is this secret place of the Most High and how do you get there? Before I answer this question, I want you to be careful of preaching and teaching about Psalm 91 that make "the secret place of the Most High" a place that only an elite few can go to, while the rest of us have no access to it because we haven't done enough, such as pray for eight hours. Usually, the person who teaches along these lines is trying to say that there is a standard of holiness that you must attain before you can reach the secret place of the Most High. Now, if this is true and it takes eight hours of prayer at home to be in the secret place of the Most High, then how about those of us who have full-time jobs and can't pray for eight hours, and who really need protection?

Think about it for a moment. Who needs more protection—the one praying in the safety of his home or the one working out there? Clearly, it is the guy who is working out there in the world where accidents are possible and where he is exposed to all kinds of viruses. Yet, according to this teaching, he cannot access the secret place because he has not prayed eight hours a day! Does this even make sense to you? That's why I don't like teaching that makes certain people—especially the preacher—appear like they are part of an elite few. The Lord's blessings are not just for an elite few. If a blessing is from our Lord, everyone has access to it. The young and the old, the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor—all have access by faith to His blessings that are freely given.

Let me tell you where the secret place of the Most High is. The secret place of the Most High is a place where you are in Christ. Wouldn't you agree that being in Christ is to be in the safest hiding place? How did you get to be in Christ? By receiving the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Once you are a born-again believer, our heavenly Father sees you in Christ. You are safe, protected, and secure in the hiding place! Be anchored in this truth and see yourself walking in a greater measure of His divine protection in the days to come.

Today's Prayer

Father God, thank You that being in the secret place of the Most High is my reality. I anchor my life on Your Word that tells me You have brought me into this secret place in our Lord Jesus. I believe that in Christ, I am in the safest hiding place I can ever be, and that every promise of protection in Your Word is Yes and Amen for me. Amen.

Today's Thought

As a born-again believer, I am safe, protected, and secure in Christ, my hiding place, where every promise of protection found in His Word is Yes and Amen for me.



Then the LORD said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation."

—Genesis 7:1

Remember how Noah was safe in the ark when the floodwaters came? While Noah was not perfect, God saw him as righteous because of his faith in God (see Heb. 11:7). When the flood came, everyone outside the ark died, but Noah and his family were protected and saved. Why? Because they were in the ark, which is a type of Christ, who is our salvation (see Acts 4:12).

The ark didn't have windows along its sides, only near the roof. The truth here is that God does not want you to focus on all the darkness, terror, and evil that are around you and in the world. He wants you to look up and know that His Son is coming back for you. I want you to see something else: I believe there were times when Noah might have lost his balance and fallen as the storm waters crashed against the ark. But Noah fell in the ark; he never fell out of the ark.

Similarly, for the believer today, when the devil tempts you and you fall, you don't fall out of your position in Christ; you are still in Christ. In the book of Proverbs, it says, "For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again" (Prov. 24:16). You see, a believer doesn't fall in and out of righteousness. Our righteousness today is a gift from our Lord Jesus Christ (see Rom. 5:17). This means that even though we may fail from time to time because we are imperfect human beings, we are still in Christ our ark and do not forfeit His blessings of protection.

Now, in case you are wondering, does this make someone want to live recklessly? Certainly not! I believe that knowing you are righteous in Christ makes you live responsibly and in honor to the Lord (see Rom. 6:10–14). The revelation of our righteousness in Christ produces righteous living (see Titus 2:11–12).

Today's Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You that You alone are the ark of my salvation. Thank You that the Father sees me as righteous because my faith is in You. Thank You for giving me Your righteousness as a gift. I believe that even when I fail, I am still in You and Your blessings of protection are still mine. Amen.

Today's Thought

As an imperfect human being, I may fail from time to time. But I am still in Christ my ark and do not forfeit His blessings of protection.



To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

—Colossians 1:27

My dear reader, the more you grow in your revelation and valuation of how Jesus' finished work has placed you in Him—in the secret place where you are safe, protected, and secure—the more you'll find your heart at rest instead of filled with worry and fears. Something powerful happens in your heart and in your outward circumstances when you begin to value being in Christ, in the secret place of the Father's care, protection, and love.


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Joseph Prince

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Joseph Prince is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is the senior pastor of New Creation Church, a vibrant and fast-growing church in Singapore, which has a congregation of more than 30,000. He separately heads Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc, an international broadcast ministry that seeks to build, encourage and inspire people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the author of five books including Grace Revolution, The Prayer of Protection, and the New York Times bestseller, The Power of Right Believing.

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