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The Prayer of Protection

The Prayer of Protection

by Joseph Prince


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INTRODUCTION

We live in dangerous times. A time in which a person could be attacked by terrorists while watching a concert. A time when a bomb could go off as someone sips on a latte in his favorite café. 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.

We can hardly get away from the constant bombardment of such negative news. It comes in through our newsfeeds. It turns up on social media. It screams at us from newspaper headlines and flashes across our screens as news outlets update us live on the senseless violence that wrecks so many lives.

My heart goes out to those whose lives have been devastated by hate- fueled attacks, as well as to those whose realities have been shaken in disasters beyond their control.

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 and untouched can be an even greater reality in your life.

That is why I wrote this book.

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; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). I particularly like how the Amplified Bible says it: 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!

I wrote this book because I want you anchored in His protective love for you. I want every trace of fear to be expelled from your heart. Perhaps terrorism, wars, and calamities do not weigh your heart down, but fears of more immediate circumstances do. Fear of losing your job as rumors of retrenchments and job cuts travel through the grapevine. Fear that bodily symptoms you have been experiencing could develop into something sinister. Fear that your children could somehow get into trouble and be hurt.

Whatever fear it is that grips your heart, I have so much that I want to share with you that I know will garrison your heart. 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.

This is why I want to show you how you can pray the prayer of protection found in Psalm 91. Together, let us uncover what the Bible says about divine protection and learn faith- building truths that I know will strengthen you. I want you to be encouraged by amazing testimonies from people around the world who have experienced God’s protection firsthand. Our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In the same way He supernaturally delivered the precious individuals whose stories you will get to read in this book, He will deliver you too. 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.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;

My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler

And from the perilous pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with His feathers,

And under His wings you shall take refuge;

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,

Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

And ten thousand at your right hand;

But it shall not come near you.

8 Only with your eyes shall you look,

And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

10 No evil shall befall you,

Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways.

12 In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “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.

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

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”


Chapter 1

THE SECRET PLACE
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. You and I know that this peddling of fear isn’t going away anytime soon. Your local news outlet is not going to start reporting on the thousands of planes that landed safely today. Fear generates viewership and is an effective clickbait for online publications.

It is vital that we do not let fear take over our hearts.

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?

The Place of Rest
I want to share with you a powerful key from the very first verse of Psalm 91, the prayer of protection. Read it with me (boldface mine): He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. The Hebrew word for “dwell” is yashab, which means to sit down, to remain, or to settle. So 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 (see Eph. 2:6). We can dwell in the secret place of the Most High— a place of peace, safety, and security— because the blood of our Lord Jesus has paid for every blessing of protection in Psalm 91!

We can dwell in the secret place of the Most High— a place of peace, safety, and security— because of the blood of Jesus.

Now, because of the completed work of our Lord Jesus, we can have 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 by the power of His living Word. 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. His divine protection, as you will discover in the course of this book, isn’t one- dimensional— it covers every area that concerns you.

Growing Well Despite Premature Birth
I received this precious praise report from Carina, who lives in North Carolina:

Dear Pastor Prince,

I want to share with you a testimony regarding my grandson, Caylen.

Caylen was born three months premature, weighing 1lb 7oz. He was in the hospital for almost six months and while he was there, he had three surgical procedures. We were told that his survival rate was low. Even if he did survive, he would have significant development delays due to the extreme prematurity.

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 even know if my daughter had any idea of the power of putting that psalm above his incubator. I myself 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. He is advanced in almost every area, not behind in any way or having delayed development in his mind, body, or spirit.

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.

Thank you for ministering to him and so many others.

Oh, how reading this precious praise report warms my heart! I speak our Lord’s favor and wisdom over Caylen— may he grow up to be a mighty man of God and continue to be a living testimony of His great love and grace. Thank you, Carina, for writing in and sharing this testimony of God’s goodness with me. There is no doubt that there is power in the Word of God. There is healing power in the prayer of protection!

There is healing power in the prayer of protection.

Is the Secret Place for a Select Few?

Carina mentioned that God took little Caylen into the “secret place.” Where is this secret place 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, like 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 can have 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. Can I have a good Amen?

The Secret Place— in Christ
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!

The secret place of the Most High is being in Christ, the safest hiding place.

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).

m Knowing you are righteous in Christ makes you live responsibly and in honor to the Lord.

Valuing the Secret Place
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.

Let me give you an illustration of what it means to value something. Suppose I brought you an old, dusty violin with two missing strings and I said to you, “Isn’t this beautiful?” Your reaction would probably be, “That’s not beautiful; that’s old and worthless.” But if I told you it’s an original Stradivarius that used to belong to a world- famous violinist, all of a sudden, your appreciation of this dusty, old violin would swell and you’d ask if you could hold it. What happened? Your appreciation of the violin changed when you understood its true value.

In the same way, I want to encourage you to value the preciousness of what it means to be in Christ— being in the secret place of inseparable closeness with Him, where we have His loving presence constantly with us, watching over us, and protecting us. I strongly encourage you to keep hearing anointed preaching that keeps revealing who you are and what you have in Christ. Keep hearing grace- based teachings on God’s promises to protect you, as well as praise reports of God’s grace and protection over His people. Why? Because as you do, you’ll begin to value being in the secret place more and more. As you do, you’ll find your heart and mind more and more at rest in Him. You’ll wake up every morning confident of His tender care, protection, and preservation. You’ll live life full of hope and zest instead of worry and fear, and see Him deliver and protect you from whatever the enemy may throw at you!

Let’s value what it means to be in Christ, where we have His loving presence constantly with us, watching over us, and protecting us.

My friend, the “secret place” speaks of a place in Christ, but it also speaks of intimacy, as it is a place of closeness. To be under the shadow of an object, you need to be close to that object. There are times when I travel to Israel with my pastors and the sun is scorching hot. When we are outdoors, whether it is on the Mount of Beatitudes or in Capernaum, we always look forward to being under the shadow of a tree. The difference in temperature when we are under the protective shelter of a tree is like night and day. Out in the open, we wouldn’t last long under the scorching heat of the sun. But under the shadow of a tree, we can sit for hours, just discussing the Word of God. In fact, during one of our outdoor trips, we made and brought our own sandwiches and had a most refreshing time sitting and eating together under a tree.

Beloved, being under the shadow of the Almighty speaks of closeness, intimacy, and protection. It speaks of a place of refreshing, coolness, and rest. When Psalm 91 talks about dwelling in the “secret place” of the Most High, that secret place is not a geographical location, but spiritual intimacy with our Lord Jesus. In the same way, the prayer of protection is not an incantation or some kind of magic chant that grants you protection. It is you valuing your position in Christ and your close relationship with Him, and being found in that secret place with Him. The secret place of the Most High is not a geographical location, but spiritual intimacy with our Lord Jesus.

He Watches Over His Own
Some years ago, I received a testimony of divine protection from a businessman who attended our church. He had been on a business trip and was staying at the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. While he was in the lobby of the hotel, he suddenly heard a loud explosion. A bomb had been detonated right outside and it tore through the lobby. The blast was so powerful that he saw a body flying past him. After the dust had settled, he checked himself quickly and realized that although his shirt was splattered with blood, and debris was strewn all around him, he was completely unharmed. Amazingly, he had stepped behind a pillar at the very moment the bomb went off, and that pillar had shielded him from the direct impact of the explosion.

All praise and glory to our Lord Jesus who watches over His own! Just think of what could have happened if this man had not reached the pillar at the precise moment the bomb went off. Walking past it a mere second earlier or being just one second too far away from the pillar would have placed him directly in the destructive path of the explosion! With all our intelligence and smarts, only our Lord Jesus can put us at the right place at the right time and keep us in His divine protection.

Only our Lord Jesus can put us at the right place at the right time and keep us in His divine protection. For more than a decade now, I have been teaching my church to declare Psalm 91 over themselves and their loved ones. I believe what happened to that brother in Jakarta was the power of the prayer of protection at work!

The Lord has put a now word in my heart for the times we are living in, and that word is “protection.” I want to show you from the Bible what Jesus died to give you in the area of protection. Even as I write this book, the Lord is commissioning me to preach strongly from Psalm 91 so that you can walk in His divine protection in these last days. Psalm 91 has just sixteen verses, but is loaded with many potent promises that we can stand upon.

Hold On to His Word
Unfortunately, when we are faced with problems, whether it is a sickness, an accident, or any kind of trouble, many of us don’t lay hold of and claim the Lord’s deliverance found in His Word. Yet, when you do hold on to God’s Word for deliverance, the devil is so afraid that the Word will become firmly rooted in your heart. That is why he will come immediately to try to steal the Word from your heart. He will point to your outward circumstances and taunt you with thoughts like, “Look, your child is still sick— where is God now? Where is the reality of Psalm 91?” At that very moment, you are presented with a choice. You can either back away from God’s Word and agree with the enemy, or you can stand in faith and continue to believe His promises.

Even as the Lord put it on my heart to write this book on divine protection, He told me that there are people reading this who might think, I have claimed the promises in Psalm 91 before and it didn’t work. My dear friend, I want to encourage you to hold on to His Word. Whatever your experience has been, the Word of God stands eternal and unshakable. If you have not experienced full protection in the past, I believe that as you hold on to His Word and persevere in faith, you will walk more and more in the Lord’s total protection. As you hold on to God’s Word and persevere in faith, you will walk more and more in His total protection.

The Lord gave me this portion of Scripture to strengthen you: He shall deliver you in six troubles, yes, in seven no evil shall touch you. In famine He shall redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword. You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, and you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes. You shall laugh at destruction and famine. . . . You shall know that your tent is in peace; you shall visit your dwelling and find nothing amiss. You shall also know that your descendants shall be many, and your offspring like the grass of the earth. You shall come to the grave at a full age. — Job 5:19– 22, 24– 26 (boldface mine)

Let’s take a closer look at the first verse: “He shall deliver you in six troubles, yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.” Now, I have read this verse a number of times before, but the Lord quickened this Scripture in me, so let me share this fresh insight with you. I want to specially address those who have been greatly discouraged in the area of protection. Perhaps you have experienced a very difficult or even tragic event, or are going through a very challenging situation right now. Can I encourage you to build your faith upon His promises and not upon your experiences?

The Word of God says that in this world, we will have trouble (see John 16:33). The fact that God declares in His Word that He will deliver us from troubles tells us that we will experience troubles. But God wants us to know that the more we hear preaching on Psalm 91, the more we quote it and remind ourselves of the Lord’s protection daily, the more our faith in His protection will grow.

The more we remind ourselves of the Lord’s protection daily, the more our faith in His protection will grow. Faith comes from “hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17 nasb). The more we hear, the more we believe! The more we claim and pray the prayer of protection, the more we will walk in its blessings. That is the intention of this book— to saturate you with the hearing and hearing of the Lord’s protection promises for your life until your faith is robust and overflowing. The more you believe, the more you will experience deliverance from trouble after trouble until you come to the place of “in seven,” where no evil will touch you. Amen!

While we live in dangerous times, we have an almighty God who watches over us.

My dear reader, deliverance from trouble is fantastic, but there is a promise that is even greater, and that is when you are at that place where “no evil shall touch you.” That’s my prayer for you and your loved ones. While we live in dangerous times, we have an almighty God who watches over us. May we all increase and have a progressive revelation of the Lord’s protection in these last days. While none of us, myself included, are there yet, we are on a journey of faith, of walking fully in the promises of God’s protection. Let’s give thanks to the Lord for His deliverance from all our troubles as we continue to believe we will come to the place where no evil will touch our loved ones and us!

Chapter 2

“I WILL SAY”
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” — Psalm 91:2

I will SAY of the Lord.

What are you saying of the Lord today? Are you saying He gave you the trouble you are presently in to teach you humility? Are you saying, “Sometimes the Lord heals, and sometimes He gives diseases”? If you are saying these things about the Lord, then it’s time to change what you believe about Him. If you really believe that God is the author of your problems, would you really be running to Him for help?

My friend, let’s be like the psalmist who declared, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’ ” (boldface mine).

Your Refuge and Fortress
The Hebrew word for “refuge,” machaceh, refers to a shelter from storms and danger. This shelter is like the bunkers that many Jews have in their homes in Israel today to shelter them from small- scale attacks. In the figurative sense, when you say the Lord is your machaceh, you are also declaring that He is your place of hope.

Now, look at the verse again. The Lord isn’t just your refuge, but He is also your fortress. In Hebrew, the word used for “fortress” is matsuwd. It refers to a castle or stronghold, a place of defense and protection against large- scale attacks. Isn’t that a beautiful picture?

Whatever you might be going through right now, you can declare that the Lord is your refuge and your fortress— your protection in both small as well as big attacks. He is your shelter from all danger and your place of hope! The Lord is your shelter from all danger and your place of hope.

Perhaps you have not been saying that God is behind your troubles. Perhaps you are not saying anything about the Lord at all. Perhaps God seems far away and you feel cut off from Him. If that is you, can I encourage you to take a break today from whatever you have on your busy to-do list, and simply take time to dwell in His sweet presence? God is not distant; sometimes we are just too distracted to hear His voice or sense His loving presence.

Take a moment and see yourself in His secret place. Abide under His shadow. Savor His favor. Receive His wisdom. And find rest for your troubled soul. The feeling of being distant from God is only a feeling, nothing more. He has promised in His Word that He will never leave you nor forsake you (see Heb. 13:5). Our Lord Jesus paid for you to have access to God’s constant presence. At the cross, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” when God turned His back on Him (Matt. 27:46). He took our place and was rejected by God when He carried our sins so that today, we can take His place of being in the constant presence of the Father and take Him as our refuge and fortress.

Are You Experiencing His Presence?
My dear reader, today you can experience God’s presence in your life. Say to yourself, “The Lord is with me and I have His favor, blessings, and protection.” Sense His shadow covering you. His shadow is a picture of nearness. You are not trying to get into the secret place; you are already there in Christ. In Christ, you can’t get any closer to God. God showed Moses, the great patriarch, only His back parts (see Ex. 33:22– 23).

That’s the old covenant— because of man’s failure, God was always departing and the children of Israel only saw His back. You can experience God’s presence by saying, “The Lord is with me. I have His favor, blessings, and protection.”

The picture of the new covenant is God sending His only Son, Jesus Christ. It is the picture of the father running toward the prodigal son in spite of his failures. Under the new covenant, we are seated with our heavenly Father in Christ and we see the smile on His face! That is how close you are to God today. So even if your feelings tell you that God is a million miles away, learn to trust His Word over your feelings. All you need to do is to utter the words “Father” or “Abba,” and immediately you will sense that He is closer than your own breath.

In the same way, even when you don’t seem to feel His presence, you can trust in Him. Trust doesn’t mean that there will be no butterflies in your stomach. Trust means that even though you have the butterflies, you still act on God’s Word. Whatever it is you are afraid of doing, do it afraid while keeping your trust in the Lord. There are people who are afraid to leave their house, fly on a plane, pursue a new career, start a new friendship, volunteer in a ministry, visit a care group in church, or even show up for work the next day.

Beloved, don’t let fear rule your life. If you’re thinking of embarking on something, most certainly, be led by the Spirit, seek wise counsel, count the cost, and make responsible decisions in your situation. Just don’t allow the butterflies in your stomach to dictate your life. When you say to the Lord, “In You I trust,” it doesn’t mean you instantly stop feeling any fear. Trust means choosing to act on God’s Word in spite of the fear.

Trust means choosing to act on God’s Word in spite of the fear.

Secrets of Protection in the Names of God
In the earlier chapter, I mentioned how we find two names of God in the first verse of Psalm 91 and how that brings comfort and strength to us when we feel afraid or weak. Each of the names of God has a divine attribute, and understanding and believing that He is each attribute will cause that attribute to flow into our lives. The first name of God mentioned in Psalm 91 is “Most High” (Elyon), which means He is the Most High God and there is no one higher than Him. He is the possessor of heaven and earth (see Gen. 14:19). The verse goes on to refer to God as the “Almighty.” In Hebrew, it is Shaddai— the God who blesses you with more than enough, more than you can contain. Man has limitations but we have a God who is abundantly unlimited.

Man has limitations but we have a God who is abundantly unlimited.

Now, the second verse of Psalm 91 contains another two names of God. Isn’t this so powerful? When the psalmist declares, “I will say of the Lord,” he is referring to Yehovah or Yahweh, the covenant- keeping God. It is the holiest name of the Lord, and Jewish scribes treat the name with great reverence.

Do you know that Jesus’ name in Hebrew, Yeshua, actually means “Yahweh saves”? It is not “Yahweh judges.” The name Jesus means “Yahweh SAVES.” If you are broke, Yahweh saves. If you are sick, Yahweh saves. If you have enemies that are coming against you, Yahweh saves. Whatever saving you need, Jesus is the answer, for His name means “Yahweh saves.” Hallelujah!

The psalmist in verse 2 goes on to say, “My God, in Him I will trust.” Now, the word “God” here refers to Elohim, the God of power, the Creator. The God who created the heavens and the earth (see Gen. 1:1). This is our God! He is the One we put our trust in. Now, knowing the different names of God used by the psalmist, let’s read the first two verses of Psalm 91 again (boldface mine): He who dwells in the secret place of Elyon Shall abide under the shadow of Shaddai. I will say of Yahweh, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My Elohim, in Him I will trust.

In just two verses, you find four names of God mentioned. Knowing, believing, and saying He is all these to us gives us protection in our everyday situations. Before the psalm ends, God Himself says, “I will set him on high, because he has known My name” (Ps. 91:14). He will deliver and rescue the one who knows His name. Hallelujah!

Believe with Your Heart
Jennifer from Taiwan shared this powerful praise report with me: I am from Taiwan but I live in Singapore, and for more than a year, I have been attending New Creation Church. When Pastor Prince started preaching strongly on Psalm 91 in 2014, I began meditating on the verses. I also began sharing the psalm with my family back home in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and declaring it over my family members.

On July 26 of that year, my brother, Daniel, got into a car accident and was badly injured. When my mother called and told me he was lying unconscious in the emergency room, I told her that Daniel would be fine because the Lord has promised to deliver us from trouble. My mother and I also took the Holy Communion on his behalf and prayed for him. Even though I was sad, I had a strong sense of peace and was not worried. In fact, I was able to sleep very well that night.

The next day in church, Pastor Prince continued to preach on Psalm 91. After the service, I received a text message saying that my brother had regained consciousness and was getting some tests done. The doctor said he was extremely “lucky” that he landed on his face. Even though he looked badly hurt, his brain and internal organs were all intact.

When my brother had completed all his surgeries and treatments, the hospital informed my mom that my brother had to give up his bed for more seriously sick people the very next day. We were very upset because he was heavily bandaged and still in pain. However, we had no choice but to comply because there were indeed a lot of people lying in the hallway waiting for help. So my brother was brought home and my mom and sister took turns to care for him, changing his bandages and such. I told my mom then that Daniel would be fine because our heavenly Father would take care of him. We also declared Psalm 91 together.

The next day, July 31, a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung ripped apart city streets across three districts, including the one where my mom’s house is located. However, her house was untouched as the effect of the explosions and damages they caused stopped just a few blocks away.

That was truly amazing as a lot of people we know had lost their homes and were trying to escape that whole night. It was mayhem as there were multiple explosions and fireballs that ripped up roads and overturned vehicles. People were screaming frantically everywhere. Thank God that Daniel was sent home to be cared for— my family could stay by his side and did not have to travel to the hospital and experience all the chaos out there in the streets. Also, with all the casualties from the gas explosion, it would have meant little rest and care for Daniel in the hospital, as there were simply too many patients.

My brother has experienced a supernatural healing and is recovering very well now. Interestingly, he has a red, heart- shaped wound on his leg. My brother himself says that instead of being reminded of the pain and fear from the car accident, the wound reminds him of the love, healing, and restoration of his heavenly Father every day.

We thank God for His supernatural protection and deliverance. He has not only delivered Daniel from the accident, but also protected my whole family from the gas explosion. A lot of things could have happened but the Lord took care of them all. We thank God that He is faithful and we thank Him for Pastor Prince’s ministry.

Thank you Jennifer, for sharing with me the Lord’s protection over your entire family. I am praying for your brother to experience complete restoration.

I want you to pay particular attention to the first portion of Jennifer’s testimony. Look at what she shared: “When Pastor Prince started preaching strongly on Psalm 91 in 2014, I began meditating on the verses. I also began sharing the psalm with my family . . . and declaring it over my family members” (emphasis mine).

Can you see that Jennifer was actively listening to messages on Psalm 91? Let me explain what active listening means. The author of the book of Hebrews describes it this way: “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb. 4:2). I pray that as you “listen” to the words in this book, you are coming alive and mixing your faith with the promises of Psalm 91. Many people heard me preach on the prayer of protection, but you can tell that Jennifer ran with the teaching, mixing it with her faith to the point that she began to share the psalm with her family members and declare the power of God’s protection over them.

Believing begins on the inside. Faith begins on the inside. When the Word of God is preached, faith is the hand that takes. Faith says, “That’s mine! The promises of God’s protection are mine!” What begins inside is then reinforced outside— you begin to speak the Word out loud.

Faith is the hand that takes. Faith says, “That’s mine!

The promises of God’s protection are mine!”

Speak Out in Faith
But Pastor Prince, can’t I just believe God’s Word in my heart? Why do I also have to say it out loud?

Let me show you some Scriptures about faith and speaking that will help you. Romans 10:9 tells us that “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (boldface mine). Our Lord Jesus also said, “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23, boldface mine).

Now, see what the apostle Paul wrote: “since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Cor. 4:13, boldface mine).

Do you notice a pattern here? Faith involves believing in your heart as well as speaking with your mouth. You and I, we are made in God’s image. When God first saw darkness, He didn’t say, “Gosh, it’s so dark.” What did God do? He called forth light by speaking. He said, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3). In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus spoke to the storm and it subsided. He spoke to the fig tree and it withered. He spoke to the demons and they fled. He spoke to the sick and they were healed. He spoke to the dead and they lived.

Faith involves believing in your heart as well as speaking with your mouth.

Similarly, when we are faced with darkness in any area of our lives today, or trapped in a storm of challenges, we shouldn’t be looking at the problems and despairing. We should be calling forth what we want to see! If we find ourselves caught in a dangerous situation, we should declare, “The Lord is my refuge and my fortress.” If there is a sickness in our body, we can call forth our healing by saying, “Thank You, Jesus, by Your stripes I am healed!” Start speaking forth your protection, your health, and your victory today!

Start speaking forth your protection, your health, and your victory today.

Let me now encourage you with another praise report. This was written by Brenda, who lives in Connecticut: My twenty- four- year- old son, Lee, was crossing the street on a crosswalk in New York City when he was struck by a cab. He was struck on the leg and thrown onto the hood of the car before landing on the street. Miraculously, he was totally fine after the accident! He did not have a single broken bone, bruise, or even a scratch. We all urged him to go to the hospital but he refused and insisted he was completely fine.

I recall that just a few days before the accident, we were having a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving. Suddenly, I saw in my mind an image of Lee on a slab and dead in a morgue. I immediately dismissed that image, proclaimed that my son would live and not die, and pleaded the blood of Jesus over him. I didn’t tell anyone what I’d seen, but just thanked God for His protection for my son and all of my family members in Jesus’ name. The morning of Lee’s accident, I also felt led to pray God’s protection over my children from car accidents— not something that I usually do.

Then, later that afternoon, I received a text from Lee telling me about the accident and that he was fine and unharmed. After hearing my son was fine, I got on my knees and cried tears of joy, thanking my wonderful Father God! I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit warned me before the accident happened so I could pray for his protection.

My son had just been awarded an awesome position in his company and we were all celebrating his wonderful new title and how God had opened up doors of favor for him. The accident happened just one day before he started his new job. As I am typing this, I just texted my son to see how he was feeling and he replied, “Mom, I am one hundred percent fine. I just went to the gym and got a monster lift in!”

I should also mention that at the time I learned about Lee’s accident, I was just listening to Joseph Prince’s message on Psalm 91. I used to pray it over my family all the time, but over the years, I had forgotten about this powerful psalm. I am thankful to Joseph Prince for reminding me of the power of Psalm 91. When we pray the Word of God over our children or any situation, we release His angels to work on our behalf.

Praise the Lord! We rejoice with you and your family, Brenda! Our God is such a good God, isn’t He? I trust that you are beginning to see how important it is to invest your time in getting His living and powerful Word into your heart. Brenda was filling herself up with the promises of God’s protection. When the Lord gave her a vision of her son being in danger, her heart was already full of faith (not fear) and she spoke out with authority against the evil coming against her son. When she heard about her son’s accident, she was listening to preaching on Psalm 91. Coincidence? I think not. She was already building a shield of faith around her heart. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of Christ (see Rom. 10:17 nasb). What are you hearing today? The word of the world? The word of Wall Street? Or the word of Christ? It is so important for you to invest time in getting God’s living and powerful Word into your heart.

Build a Shield of Faith
I want to encourage you today to build a shield of faith around your family. Listen, believe, speak. Would you say it with me? Listen, believe, speak. Listen to Christ- centered messages, believe the Word of God, and speak out loud the promises you want to see in your life. I believe that the Lord wants to seal this truth in your life today. Say this out loud with me right now: Lord Jesus, You are our family’s refuge, our fortress, our God— in You we trust. We don’t trust in our own wisdom, our own limited intelligence, and our own abilities. We trust in You. We trust in Your grace and Your love for us. We trust You to keep us in Your divine health and strength all the days of our lives. We trust You to keep us from terror, from fear, from dangers, from disease, and from accidents. In You we trust. Amen.

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