A Prayer for Defense

Many frightening battles that we face require a defense—an advocate for our cause. What better defense could you possibly have than the Creator of the Universe? There is none.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 34:7, “For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.”  

In the story of David and Goliath, we find one of the most dramatic pictures of God’s defense at work in the lives of His faithful. 1 Samuel 17 tells the story.

The Philistine army was camped across from the Israelites. Goliath was a Philistine giant, standing over nine feet tall. Day after day, Goliath taunted the Israelites, asking for one man to fight. If the man defeated Goliath, the Philistines would become the slaves of the Israelites; but, if Goliath defeated the man, the Israelites would become Philistine slaves.

Jesse, David’s father, had been helping to tend sheep and run errands while his three oldest brothers were fighting against the Philistines. One day, Jesse sent David with some food for his brothers, and asked him to report back as to how they were doing. When David learned about Goliath, he told King Saul that he wanted to fight Goliath. David’s brothers and the King scoffed at David, but he was undeterred. David said, “The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” (I Samuel 17:37)

David gathered five smooth stones, placed them in his sling, and the God of the Universe enabled him to defeat Goliath, without spear or sword.

Do you have faith in God? If so, you have the greatest defender in the Universe on your side in defense of you today.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We need You as an advocate today, Father. We need You to come to our defense with regard to ____________________________________.

 We thank You and praise You, Father, that Your Word tells us that wisdom is a defense, as money is a defense (Ecclesiastes 7:12). We thank You that these defenses come from You and You alone.

Father, we praise You for being the defender of the defenseless, orphans, widows, and all the things that the world views as “lost causes”.

Lord, we thank You that we have victory in and through You alone. Help us to defend those in need of our help—in need of an advocate. May we always follow Your example in being a defender of what is true and right.

Forgive us for the many ways in which we have failed You. Draw us close to You so that we may be obedient to Your plan and purpose for our lives here on earth.

In Your precious, holy name we pray.



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