In this imperfect world we live in, evil is inevitable, but God protects us against the enemy every moment of every day. Here are 25 powerful prayers for protection against evil.
Prayers for Evils Outside the Home or in the Workplace
Protection from the Evil One Prayer
Dear Father, I seek Your protection from the wickedness of the evil one. You are the Almighty God, and his power doesn’t stand a chance to the might You yield. I come to Your refuge with joy for You shelter me against the attack of the devil. Protect me, O Lord, from the craftiness of the enemy, and save me from his evil plots. Cover me with Your presence when I feel weak so that he will flee from my presence. Amen.
Protection from Violent People Prayer
Faithful Father, There are violent people out there who are eager to do physical harm without any respect for human life. You are our Savior from those who wish to do us harm. You are our Protector from the violent hands of the wicked. As we go about our day today, steer us away from the places where evil people lie in wait. Keep us out of reach from their harmful intentions and cradle us in the safety of Your loving hands. Amen.
Protection from Deceptive People Prayer
Father in heaven, May Your Spirit guide my every decision today. Lead me with Your wisdom and allow me to see things as they really are so that I do not fall victim to people’s deception. Keep me safe from harm from wicked people who try to cheat me. Spare me from the con artists who do not care who they defraud and how much damage they cause. Give me the discernment to recognize and avoid their schemes and their evil intentions. Amen.
Protection from Serious Diseases Prayer
Dear God, You regard our body as Your temple. You also commanded us to take good care of our health. Help me maintain good health. Remind me when I carelessly misuse or abuse my body that this is against Your will. As I go about my day, keep me safe from contracting or developing diseases or ailments. Help me to use extra precautions so that I may be spared from serious sicknesses or harm to my body. Amen.
Protection from Serious Accidents Prayer
Loving God, You have cared for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep. You protect us when there is danger, and You lift us and lead us to safety when we are in trouble. As I travel today, keep me away from accidents that could cause me serious harm. Keep me alert. May I have the presence of mind to avoid or prevent mishaps. Give me Godly discretion, that I may always be safe. And let me have the clarity of mind to warn or help others when the need arises. Amen.
Protection from Reckless People Prayer
Dear Lord, To You, our God, we come for safety. Protect us from the reckless actions of people who intentionally or unintentionally disregard the welfare of other people around them. Those who start destructive fires, those who cause serious vehicular crashes, and those many others who give no thought to the harmful consequences of their irresponsible actions. Shield us, I pray, from the injurious situations that these kinds of people cause, and let them be hindered from carrying out their malicious intents. Amen.
Protection from Questionable Opportunities Prayer
Lord over all, You direct the steps of those who submit to You. You open opportunities for those who follow You. I seek Your guidance today. O Lord, let me have mental clarity that I may properly assess the opportunity presented to me. Do not allow the promises of material gain to cloud my thinking and stir up greed in me. Bless me with Your wisdom, that I may have the discernment to determine what is questionable and what is reliable. Amen.
Protection from Contentious and Hostile People Prayer
Lord God, We know that everything we do reflects on You. As we do our best to live in peace with everyone, keep us away from contentious people, who might incite us to react in an ungodly manner. Lead us away from hostile individuals who might stir up our fleshly side to respond in a shameful way. Help us to confront unavoidable situations with gracious and gentle words that pacify, that we may glorify You and give testimony of our faith. Amen.
Protection from Criminals Prayer
Almighty Father, We ask for Your protection against criminals. Please keep us safe from people who might target us or break into our home, planning to steal from us and threaten us with bodily harm. Shield us from these wicked individuals, O Lord, and muddle up their plans, that they may not be able to further steal from others or do harm to others. Comfort us with Your guiding hand and let us find confidence in Your ever-present help. Amen.
Prayers for Evils Directed at You and Family Members
Protection for the Family Prayer
Gracious Lord, You are our Loving Father who grants our protection and guides our actions. I come before You to ask for my family’s safekeeping. I pray You will guard our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being at all times. Let not the enemy gain a foothold in any aspect of our lives. Help each of us to keep trusting You, recognizing Your victory over the devil and acknowledging the strength you give us to resist him. Amen.
Protection from People Who Take Wrongful Advantage Prayer
Our Father, You showed us what true sacrificial love is and You desire for us to express that same love to others. As we lovingly care for others, I pray that our sacrificial deeds will not be taken advantage of and that we will not be targeted for the exploitation of our kindness. Please do not allow anyone to try to unfairly benefit from our love and effort. Instead, lead us to people who are also kind and sincere in their motives and actions. Amen.
Protection from Bullying Prayer
Father God, Shield my children from bullying and do not allow them to be in a situation where they can be tempted to fight back or become discouraged, depressed and desperate. Allow them to have the right support group of good friends in the church, in school and in the neighborhood. Do not allow them to become bullies themselves, instead mold them to become good influencers, who will be a help to those around them and who will honor You with their lives. Amen.
Protection from Persecution for Faith or Principles Prayer
Father, You warned us that we will suffer just as You did. That because of our faith and principles, we will be insulted, persecuted and falsely accused of various wicked things. Keep us, O Lord, from dishonoring Your name by fighting back against such abuses. Constantly remind us how You received far worse persecution than any we have experienced. Surround us with Your love and empowerment, so that we will be able to respond honorably. Give us the strength to bless our persecutors, knowing You have already blessed us. Amen.
Protection from Harmful Influences on Children Prayer
Merciful Father, I humbly ask for your guidance upon my children. Help them to be vigilant against subtle influences that can corrupt their thinking, weaken their convictions, cast doubts about their faith or sway their focus away from You. Keep them away from depraved, untrue friends who coax them into committing evil deeds. Lead them, O Lord, to Your Word, that their minds be renewed, and their hearts changed with a desire to please You and live by Your will. Amen.
Demonic Oppression Prayer
All-powerful Lord, You have triumphed over the devil. You have put his power to shame with Your mere word. In You, he cannot harm us. In You, he has no power over us. May we remember that always. Spare us from his oppressive ways that discourage or depress us. Free and shield us from wicked thoughts that incite and provoke us to think and commit evil. Clothe us, O Lord, with Your holy armor, that we may be able to stand against his schemes and resist his attacks. Amen.
Protection from False Teachings and Philosophies Prayer
Father, You hate people who lead others astray. You abhor those who deceive others into false teachings – people who reject the plain truths of Your word, preferring teachings that suit their depraved philosophies. Their sole purpose is to turn others away from the truth and into believing their myths. Give us, I pray, the wisdom to determine erroneous teachings so that we can avoid them. Infuse us with understanding that we may know how to confront them and warn others about them. Amen.
Protection from Slander & Gossip Prayer
Dear Lord, You commanded us to refrain from any unwholesome talk. You desire that we use words that build others up for the benefit of everyone listening. Teach us to be always mindful of our words and to keep a tight rein on our tongues. When people talk behind our backs or slander us, guide our words that we may continue to be a blessing with our conversations. Give us the strength to show kindness so that we can glorify You with our response. Amen.
Prayers for Evils Regarding Temptations and Personal Weaknesses
On Thoughts Prayer
Holy God, I surrender to You my heart and my mind for cleansing. I know You desire for us to love You wholeheartedly and willfully. Keep my mind from evil thoughts. Steer it away from the influences of wicked imaginations. Help me take every thought of mine captive to Your obedience, that I may experience joy in You. Put a hedge of protection around my mind. Help me will my thoughts to dwell on what is good, true, and positive. Amen.
On Retaliation or Revenge Prayer
God of Mercy, You are the God of Justice. You have declared vengeance to be Yours. Teach us to restrain our desire to retaliate, knowing that meting just recompense upon our offenders belongs to You alone. Prevent us from taking revenge for You have commanded us to never repay evil with evil. Help us to trust and leave everything into Your hands. May we gather strength to show kindness instead, that we can be a testimony of Your goodness. Amen.
On Extramarital Affairs Prayer
God of love, You instituted marriage to be a permanent bond. You established it as a lifetime companionship and fellowship. I pray that You will help my spouse and me to honor the commitment we made before You for as long as we live. Safeguard us from being susceptible to extramarital affairs. Help us keep our communication open and honest all the time. Guide us both in developing our union into a loving, caring, joyful, and mutually respectful relationship that seeks to honor You. Amen.
On Healing from Addiction Prayer
God, my healer, You remain faithful even when we are unfaithful. You graciously reach out to us even when we continually ignore You. Your steadfast love has been my motivation to seek healing from my addiction and Your loving presence is now my courage to break free from this bondage. Strengthen me, I pray, that I may continually resist my wrong desires. Heal me completely, O Lord, from the clutches of these evil desires and fill me with Your Spirit, that I may find peace within that will guard my heart. Amen.
On Recovery from Addiction Prayer
God of many chances, As I tread this path to recovery, I seek Your protection and Your guidance. Keep me away from places and activities that may expose me to my weaknesses. Lead me away from people who might capitalize on my vulnerabilities. Help me to fight any old urges I may still have by drawing strength from Your love and the love of the people who continue to assist and protect me. Encourage me, O God, with Your loving presence and lead me on to complete healing. Amen.
On Pride and Arrogance Prayer
Lord of my life, You desire humility from us. That is why you constantly show favor to the humble and You oppose the proud. Teach us, I pray, to always be sensible in our self-assessment and not arrogantly think that we are better and more important than others. Guard our hearts against pride, for such evil only brings disgrace and ruin. Let Your Spirit, O Lord, nurture in us a humble spirit that regards others with respect at all times and in all things. Amen.
On Covetousness and Greed Prayer
Generous Father, You have commanded us to never put our hope in wealth for the love of money is the root of all evil. You give us every chance to find contentment in You, for You promise to meet our needs. Teach us, I pray, to temper our desires for material things. Give us the strength to remove all holds of greed and all covetousness in our hearts. Bless us, O Lord, with the steadfastness and contentment to trust Your promises and be joyful in Your provisions. Amen.
On Self-Centeredness Prayer
Lord, You have said that self-centeredness is the cause of much confusion and every evil thing, and You have warned us that self-love will be embraced by many. Make us fully realize the evils of self-centeredness and guide us that we may watch ourselves from this vile attitude. Teach us true selflessness and let us learn from Your loving sacrifice on the cross. Allow us to see how important others are and how we should also look after their interests. Help us to selflessly meet the needs of others before our own. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.