Praying for Your Children: A Hedge of Protection

Part 6 of 6

The sixth in a series of six articles designed to re-energize your prayers for your children. Adapted from material by Jim Logan, except where noted otherwise.

In our struggle against evil, we are dealing with spiritual powers. Therefore, we must put on the whole armor of God and stand against the attacks of the wicked one. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (II Corinthians 10:4).

One powerful weapon that every Christian parent has is the ability to pray a daily hedge of protection around each of his or her children.

Job experienced this protection, and Satan complained about its effectiveness against him: “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?” (Job 1:10).

There are three parts to a prayer for a hedge of protection:

  1. Ask God to bind and rebuke the power of Satan in the life of each one in your family. Be mighty through God to pull down strongholds. “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man”(Mark 3:27).
  2. Pray in the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). Christ’s name is Protector, the Good Shepherd that gives His life for His sheep.
  3. Claim the Scripture that relates to the kind of protection that is needed. For example, for protection from sin, you can claim a verse such as Romans 6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you”. For protection from discouragement, you could claim the promise “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

Sample Prayer

“Heavenly Father, I ask You in the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to bind and rebuke Satan and to put a hedge of protection around me and each one in my family. ‘Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in … [us] will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ’ (Philippians 1:6). In the name of Jesus Christ our Shepherd, Amen.”

August 2004