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Best Traveler’s Prayers for Safety

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Travel is a big part of our lives. We go on vacations, travel during the holidays, and go on business trips.

Having been cooped up for months on end due to COVID-19, we're desperately looking forward to getting out and exploring the world again. However, travel isn't without risks and anxieties. Even though the pandemic seems to be slowing down, it seems it won't go away anytime soon.

But there are also plenty of other worries and fears on our minds regarding travel.

In this article, we will discuss the best way to pray for safety during a trip to ease your worries.

Why should we pray?

As Christians, we pray because it's our way of communicating with God. 

While it may feel silly asking this elementary question, even Jesus' disciples had to ask how to pray:

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).

A person's ability to pray is the most important skill they can have. In prayer, we learn how to communicate with God, understand him, connect with him, and reveal ourselves to him.

But we can also use prayer to help protect ourselves in all situations. We want to keep ourselves and those we love safe in every aspect of our lives. 

When traveling to new and exciting places, it’s important to pray for protection. Life can be really scary, especially when we’re in an unfamiliar place. 

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We all have an instinctual desire to protect the things in our lives that we cherish most, and fortunately for us, we have extra protection to guarantee that they remain safe. 

Although we may not realize it, our Lord is always watching over us. God stays with us, even when we're on the road. 

There are different prayers for safe travel that you can read, say, and meditate on when you want that feeling of extra safety or just a bit of satisfaction knowing God is listening every step of the way. You can pray for yourself or for a loved one.

When we know God is always with us, prayer can ease any stress or anxiety that traveling may cause us. 

The Lord knows precisely what we need at precisely the right time. No matter what you're praying for, whether it's for protection for yourself, your family, or your children or simply for safety during your travels, know that God is always there, listening.

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Tales of Jesus’ travels

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The life Jesus lived in his time was full of great travel, and he was well aware of the importance of prayer. The Gospels claim that Jesus visited numerous sites across modern-day Israel, Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem but spent most of his childhood in Nazareth, in northern Israel. Archaeological research indicates that in the first century A.D., Nazareth was a Jewish settlement, and its inhabitants resisted Roman culture.

In several Gospel stories, Jesus appears beside or near the Sea of Galilee (also called Yam Kinneret in Hebrew). The story of Jesus walking on water took place near the Sea of Galilee, and some of Jesus' followers worked as fishermen there.

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The Bible also says that Jesus spent some time in Capernaum, a town located near the Sea of Galilee. 

The Gospels claim that Christ’s miracles there included healing the paralyzed servant of a centurion (a Roman military officer). During his time in Capernaum, Jesus taught in the synagogue as well.

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was another place Jesus visited during His lifetime. The Temple Mount was the location of the Second Temple, which was the holiest spot for Jewish devotees during Jesus' time. 

Matthew records that Jesus was furious when he saw money changers (those who exchange coins) on the Temple Mount. He threw over their tables, declaring that they were turning a house of prayer into a den of robbers.

During his visit to Jericho, Jesus performed a miracle by restoring a man 's sight. 

There were large crowds roaming the city as Jesus stayed in the house of Zacchaeus, a tax collector who was so eager to see Jesus that he climbed a tree to spot him over the crowd. 

While Jericho was destroyed several times, it was always rebuilt and continues to be inhabited today.

Prayers for safe travel

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You can pray for a safe and enjoyable trip and trust that the Lord will call forth a guardian angel to protect you. Use the following four powerful prayers for protection to ask the Lord for safety and guidance as you prepare for your next journey.

Prayer for a safe flight

“Dear Lord, I pray over the trip we're about to take on this plane. I pray that no mechanical errors or emergencies will occur. I pray for our pilot that he or she be alert, have sharp eyes, and have steady hands during this flight. I pray for our flight attendants that they'll be friendly, alert, and adequately prepared for our trip. I also pray for my fellow passengers that everyone will be in good spirits and in good health. I pray that everyone will be able to make it where they need to go safely. In Your name, I pray. Amen.”

Short prayer for safe driving

“O Lord, here is my prayer for protection in our car on our road trip today. I ask that no unexpected mechanical or tire issues will occur. Please keep us safe on these crowded roads, as well as the others we are sharing it with. As the driver, give me the discernment as to when to take breaks so that I don't push myself to the limit. Release Your angels to surround us and protect us until we get to our destination. In Your name, I pray. Amen.”

Prayer for a safe journey

“O God, I come before You and confess my fears about traveling. I give You the concerns I have about my safety and security and my anxieties in making this journey. I come to You and lay all these worries down at Your feet. Lord, I choose to put my trust in You. I proclaim that my faith will be restored in the light of Your hope, for You have always kept me safe. I declare that my love will be renewed in Your love for me, for You'll hold me firm and steady. I confess that my mind will be filled with Your peace, one that surpasses all my troubles. Thank You for being with me now, dear God. Amen.”

Prayer for a safe vacation

“Dear Heavenly Father, please protect us on the journey we're about to take. Support us with Your strength and grace when we're weary. Help us to be mindful of Your presence and love in times of stress and guide us to make our time together meaningful and memorable. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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Happy trails to you

There can be a lot to worry about when traveling, like your safety, missed flights, lost luggage, and changing weather. 

A holiday that should be fun and relaxing can quickly become stressful and worrying.

We all want to have a safe trip, no matter where we go. It's important that we get to the destination safely, enjoy our time there, and head home without incident.

Therefore, our prayers for ourselves and our loved ones during travel can be incredibly powerful. When we pray, the Holy Spirit enters our lives and makes sure we stay safe and healthy no matter where we are in life. 

Try saying a prayer for safe travel in order to protect yourself and connect with the Lord.

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