Prayer Of Protection Those With Dementia
A Powerful Prayer for God’s Protection With Commentary
What are some of the most powerful prayers in the Bible? They are the Psalms. Here is one from Psalm 91 that is one of the most desperate cries for protection that we can pray back to God.
Psalm 91 A Prayer for Protection
This psalm appears to be a prayer for protection for God’s people against the terrors and the ever-present dangers that surround God’s people daily but could also apply to missionaries who are overseas and fighting against spiritual attacks from the enemies, it could be a prayer that our modern day military veteran could utter in context with the language descriptive of present day settings, it could be about a person or army that is set against insurmountable odds who is about to enter battle, or it might be someone who is undergoing several trials in their life and having spiritual and human forces pressuring them to give up in doubt and fear or maybe even someone who is battling cancer or go into surgery. Some of the terrors are ambiguous leaving room for every Christian to apply it in their everyday struggles against their three enemies; the flesh, the world, and the Enemy. The conclusion is that nothing can thwart the child or children of God collectively, even when their eyes lie to them and the situation seems exceedingly hopeless because in the improbable our God does the impossible.
The shelter of God is to be under His shadow, Israel was in the desert wilderness of the cloud of God’s glory protecting or sheltering them from the scorching sun that would normally kill any human but He is our refuge (to run to) and our fortress (against all spiritual and human attacks) and in God we do trust because “He who dwells” with the Most High is in the most secure of all places on earth.
The Psalmist says here that He will “deliver” from the “snare” of the fowler or trapper. The fowler is an old English word for someone who hunts for game and setting a snare is really a trap for animals. The history of Christianity is full of people who set traps to imprison or kill them as part of the widespread persecution that has occurred for the last 2,000 years.Who is the “he” who “will deliver?” It is God Himself and He will deliver us from the traps and persecution hunters but also from pestilence, which is disease. He isn’t promising to deliver us from all persecution but He’ll cover us “with His pinions.
” The pinions of an eagle, which is often the way God describes Himself, is the terminal, or end sections of the eagle’s wings but includes the full wing; the carpus, metacarpus, and the phalanges. That places the believer “under His wings” where there is refuge. God’s faithfulness is as a shield (a lifesaver in battles of the mind, flesh, and the Enemy).
The “buckler” is a smaller shield that fits around an arm that is the one used for fighting, showing that while He protects us, He also fights for us.
During the nighttime is the time I must honestly admit that I have the greatest doubts…whether they be in the middle of the night or in my dreams or in a dark night of the soul. No arrow that is aimed at me, the fiery darts of the enemy (Eph 6:16) nor any disease or pestilence that comes in the darkness and not even that which comes at noon can, in the end, sleigh me.
Here is descriptive language for the armies of Israel or the U.S. Military and they have no problem identifying with this language because thousands have fallen and tens of thousands on both their right side and their left, but the child of God is not kept from God even by death (Rom 8:36-39).
We have no fear of death for in even in death we’ll be present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8) but those who do not have the Most High must fear both the death of the body and soul (Luke 12:5). In contrast, making the Lord our dwelling place ensures no plagues consumed Egypt.
Those who are God’s children have the privilege of having God’s angels given charge or orders to protect them (Luke 4:10) and will minster to those who are His saints (Heb 1:14) and if by God’s design, can save us from a deathly fall or injury.
The number of miracles throughout Christianity’s history is remarkable in the numbers of incidents and the impossible escapes from death. I believe when we get to the Kingdom of Heaven we will be shocked at the number of times that we have escaped death or serious injury without ever knowing about it in this life.
In verse 14, God is now the One Who is speaking to the psalmist and to us by extension as He says “because he (or she) holds fast to me (God) in love, I, God, will deliver him or her, and it is I, God, who will protect him or her.Why? Because he or she knows my name and remember that Jesus said that My sheep know my voice and listen to my voice (John 10:14, 27). Now, put your name in verse 14 as “Because [Sarah or Matthew] holds fast to me in love, I will deliver [Sarah or Matthew]; I will protect [Sarah or Matthew] because he/she knows my name.
” Try putting a personal touch on all Scripture where it says he or she, you or they and put your own name in it. It makes Scripture come alive!
The conclusion is that whenever the children of God are in desperate situations, they can call on Him and know that He “will answer” them. In their times of great trouble there will be a Great Rescuer, the Redeemer.
God Himself not only rescues them but will honor them with “long life” (how about eternal life!) and then God will satisfy them and then show them His salvation. We who have been born again have seen Who His salvation is and that is Jesus Christ Himself.
The next time you feel you are in an impossible situation, turn to Psalm 91 and cry out to God, He will hear and answer you, and pray this back to God.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas.
Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon
How to Create a Prayer for Protection!
Praying is a very vital part of some people’s lives.
Many people say a prayer before they get bed in the morning, some will say a prayer before going to sleep at night, and others will only say a prayer when they desperately need the help of a divine, spiritual being.
In this article, we’re going to explore a common prayer for protection that you can use. We’ll take a look at what the Bible says on the matter, we’ll explore how to make a prayer more meaningful, and we’ll touch on several examples.
Your first stop when looking for information on praying is most ly going to be the Bible. You can find many prayers within its pages and many of these will involve protection from evil.
You only need to look as far as Psalm 5:12 to see an example of God being asked to provide protection: “Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
” This is a great example as it highlights one important thing and that’s the idea that God would favor those who are righteous.
In Romans 8:6 we can see that protection is not only related to the body: “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Here we can see that there is a warning attached to this verse.
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Those who abandon their spirituality in favor of physical and materialistic goals will ultimately meet death, while those who can begin a path towards enlightenment are destined to live and find peace. After all, enlightenment is a state of inner peace, a state that is found throughout many different religions and belief systems.
How to Pray
Many people view praying as being a simple task, and in many ways it is. However, for people who haven’t prayed before there can be a lot of confusion and this can create anxiety and fear. Many people wonder whether they are praying correctly and worry that by doing something incorrectly, they will, in fact, be jeopardizing their message to God or their angels.
Before learning any prayer for protection, you want to be sure that you’re comfortable praying. The first thing you have to realize is that there is no wrong way to pray. You simply have to find what works best for you.
You could pray in church, at home, in your car, at work, or even while you’re sitting in the library. Your location isn’t as important as people may lead you to believe. Secondly, the position of your body is also less essential. The important aspect of any prayer is your frame of mind.
You have to be focused (or at least as focused as you can be), you have to be honest, and you have to speak from your soul and from your heart. Don’t pray because you want something, pray because you NEED something.
Prayer for Protection from Spirits and Energy
We’ll take a look at an example of a protection prayer. This specific prayer of protection relates to the non-physical world. When you’re not worried about physical or emotional harm, it is spiritual harm that poses a threat.
The world is full of negative energy and this can latch onto us and drag us down. Similarly, although it is rare, lost spirits can have a similar effect on us. Sometimes this happens without us even realizing. If you’re feeling worn down, tired, and have a heavy heart, this prayer might be what you need.
“Oh Lord, I reach out to you now in the hope that you hear my prayer! I thank you for all that you have done in this world. I thank you for your love and your guidance that you bestow upon me and my family daily.
I feel the weight of this sinful world upon my shoulders and I ask that you give me the strength and clarity to carry this burden. Heavenly Father, I ask that you keep my spirit safe from all those who would wish negativity and harm upon it. Amen.”
Prayer for Protection from Negative Emotions
Many people are unaware of the damaging nature of negative emotions. In a moment, we will look at a prayer for safety from the negative emotions of others. For now, though, we’ll focus on a prayer for protection from our own emotions. It’s common for our minds to be our biggest enemy.
Our minds can trick us into sinful behaviors. We can find ourselves feeling envy over the success of a friend, we can feel fear where we should feel love, we can feel anxiety about the world, and we can feel hate towards our selves. Let’s explore a prayer related to easing this negativity.
“Heavenly father, blessed is my life and the lives of all those around me. It is not my intent to sound ungrateful. I am aware of the incredible world that you have created. However, I find myself feeling scared of my own emotions.
I am full of self-doubt and self-hate which seem to grow heavier and heavier each day. I cannot begin to understand your plan for the world but I ask that you help guide me on my path so that I can find peace within myself. Amen”
Prayer for Protection from the Emotions of Others
The negative emotions of other people can leak from their life into ours.
We want to be there for people and we always strive to help our friends, family, and even complete strangers, but sometimes helping others means sinking your hands into the mud of negative energy and it’s not always as easy to get them clean again. In this prayer, we explore asking God for the power of healing white light to strengthen our auras and provide us with protection from evil.
“Dear Lord, I am reaching out to you in a time of desperate need. My spirit is weak and I can feel the negativity of the world cascading through my aura and into my very soul. I worry that I lack the strength to continue this way without your guidance and aid.
As such, I kindly ask that you to shine your white, healing light down upon me so that my aura can withstand the day to day barrage of negative energy. I am grateful for all that you have done, all that you do, and all that you will do. May your energy guide me down the path of righteousness. Amen!”
Prayer for Protection from Physical Harm
For many of us, protection from spiritual or emotional harm is only part of our journey. Some of us live in environments that pose a real threat to our safety. We just want to feel as if we can walk safely from work to our home or from the bus station to the shop.
Of course, many of us worry less about our own safety and more about the safety of our friends, family, or both. With this prayer example, we’re going to explore a way to pray for your family’s safety from physical dangers.
“Dear God, I worry every single day for the well-being of my family. My brother lives in a rough part of the city and his bus journey after work is always full of violent people. My sister is young and reckless and I am scared that she will bring harm to herself or others.
I reach out to you now in the hopes that this protection prayer for my family will be heard and considered. I ask that you guide them through the darkness towards the light. I am forever grateful for anything and everything that you do. Amen.”
Creating your Own Prayer for Protection
When creating your own prayers, you may want to refer to these examples. They can be used as they are or they can be adjusted to fit your own situation. However, a prayer for protection should be personal and individual.
You don’t have to spend months on a prayer for it to be effective, but you should spend some time on it, otherwise, it won’t feel as sincere. Simply grab a pen and paper and write down what comes to mind. Think of what you need and think of the best way to ask God for help or guidance on the matter.When it comes to any prayer for protection, look within yourself and speak from your heart or from your soul. If someone in your family is unwell then relay to God why you need his help. Don’t make demands and don’t ask for something just because you don’t want to put the work in to achieve it.
Of course, you can always use praying as a way to communicate with God, even if you don’t need anything in particular. It’s also a great way to display gratitude for all that he has done.
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The Dignity of Those with Dementia
Thanks for listening to the Ask Pastor John podcast, with longtime pastor and author John Piper. Today’s question comes from an anonymous man. “Pastor John, I heard the episode about caring for aging parents.” (That was episode 1078, published back on August 9th, and titled “Retirement Homes and Caring for Aging Parents.
”) “In that episode you got me thinking about my job. I work in a nursing home and see our elders in a way many of us fear becoming. Could you speak to the dignity of people in nursing homes with diseases such as dementia? This seems to be, perhaps, even more foundational under the answers about caring for aging parents.
Is that right?”
Right, that’s absolutely right. The God-given dignity of every human being — as created in God’s image and destined for final accountability before the living God, un all the other creatures — that dignity is foundational to our thinking about how families or caregivers care for aging parents, or for that matter, any person whose mental capacities are diminished for whatever reason.
Let me just share a few foundational and application thoughts about the dignity of those with diminished powers of thought and self-awareness.
First, we can hardly be reminded too often or go to deep into the staggering truth of Genesis 1:27: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
“You need to go to nursing homes and remember these people are on the brink of glory and power.”
Then you add the additional truth that even after the fall into sin this great reality of image bearing is still true about all of the people we deal with and should affect our behavior. James 3:9 says, “With it [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the ness of God.”
You see how James thinks that that fact should alter the way we use our tongues and talk about people.
Every human being, everywhere in the world — of every race, every ethnicity, class, male and female, rich and poor, sick and well — is utterly distinct from all the other kinds of creatures on earth.
Then, 1 Peter 2:17 says (amazingly), “honor all” — meaning, honor all human beings. And the honor clearly does not flow from moral worthiness. They’re not. A lot of them are wicked Nero. It goes on to say, “Honor the Emperor.” They’re wicked.
The honor is not flowing from their unique moral condition but from their unique standing in the image of God, different from all other creatures. That applies to an 80-pound, arthritic, diapered, drooling, glazed-eyed human being that we love, lying in bed and praying for death in the nursing home, or in the jungle hut.
Now, a second observation needs to be remembered — namely, that in God’s way of dealing with the world, he has elevated weakness to a place of extraordinary importance. “The weakness of God is stronger than the power of man,” Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:25. Meaning, when Christ died in weakness and dishonor, he accomplished the greatest thing in the world.
Then Paul refers to his own weakness in 2 Corinthians 12 as the best pathway for honoring the all-sufficiency of Christ in his life. Then he brings this weakness in connection with the dying process, and relates it to the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:43. He says, “It [the human body] is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
“I will never assume that anyone that is still breathing cannot in some way be reached at his innermost being.”
In other words, Paul is telling us that the weak, inglorious, demented shadow of a once-strong Christian in front of us is on the brink of glory and power. You need to go to nursing homes and think that way. These people are on the brink of glory and power.We must keep this continuity in mind between diminished powers of human beings here, and the spectacular powers they will have in the resurrection. This is so important. If we lose a sense of that continuity, we will assume that we are becoming less human rather than being on the brink of being gloriously superhuman.
If the question is raised (because I did mention the word Christian), what about the unbeliever in the nursing home? The answer is, we never give up praying that they too might participate in that glorious destiny.
This is what they could be. We’re not God; we do not determine anyone’s destiny. We treat people — we speak to people — on earth in the prayer, in the witness, in the hope of redemption and glory.
Which leads to one more thing — the mystery of personhood in the presence of dementia. Science cannot answer the question that relates to the soul that God himself created in connection to the body. The relationship is profound beyond all human comprehension. No one knows the precise connection between the demented mind and the real human person within.
My grandfather, just before he died, was curled up a fetus, wearing a diaper and looking a corpse. He was uncommunicative for weeks and had slow belabored breathing. But when my father bent over his head and prayed (almost at the top of his voice), my grandfather — almost with his whole body — gave a deep, guttural, unmistakable amen when my father finished.
That was the last we heard of him. We hadn’t heard anything for weeks. I will never assume that any human being that is still breathing cannot in some way be reached at his innermost being. I don’t know. I just won’t assume it.
The last thing I would say is that the encroachment of dementia in the lives of those we love is a gift to us. It tests our love as never before.
“Even after the fall this great reality of image bearing is still true about all of the people we deal with.”
One of the manifestations of dementia is that every moment is real to the failing person but the connection of the moment is lost.
As I was driving my father in his last days to his brother’s funeral (a brother he loved dearly), he asked me every two minutes in that twenty-minute drive where we were going.
In every single one of those questions, he really wanted to know. If he was really there, he was really curious in that moment about where we were going.
The real test and the real question for me was, Would I patiently, graciously — as if for the first time on the tenth time — answer him with grace and interest, engaging the person who was there in that moment? Such challenges of love are no accident. They are no accident.
God didn’t dream that into my life for nothing. That was a painful gift to me and a test. We all will have them, so let us be full of grace as we give ourselves to care for those who have become too weak physically or mentally to care for themselves. God’s priorities for efficiency in this world are not ours.
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