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Covering prayers

These two prayers can be used in the morning and before sleep at night. The idea behind them is to place every aspect of our being under God's covering. This is two dimensional in that we are seeking His protection but in so doing, we are submitting every part of our lives under His righteous rule. So, there is a key element of obedience here in that we cannot truly seek God's complete covering while there are areas of our lives that are being lived outside of His expressed will.

 

Morning prayers seeking God’s covering

Heavenly Father, I thank you for the rest of the night. I thank you for your care and watchfulness over me as I slept.

I commit this new day into your hands. I pray that you will cover my spirit, my mind, my emotions, my will and my body with your protection as I place all that I am under your authority.

I pray that you will guard and guide all my steps. Help me to be in step with Your Holy Spirit in all things, that I may faithfully serve you in whatever you give me to do.

This I pray, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Night-time prayers seeking God’s covering

Heavenly Father, I thank you for this day. Before I sleep, I ask for your forgiveness for any way in which I might have grieved you by my thoughts, words or deeds. I pray that you will help me to make only the choices that please you and that reflect your goodness and holiness.

I pray that you will help me to truly forgive any who have troubled me this day. May my forgiveness be genuine.

As I rest, I pray for your total covering over my spirit, over my mind and dreams, over my emotions and my body. I place all under the covering of your care, protection and authority.

I pray, too, that you will deliver me from all that is evil, including the evil one. I ask that you will bless me with your peace, so that I may be fully rested in the morning, and able to walk with you for another day.

This I pray, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.