Prayer for Protection – Curtis Almquist

Matthew 8:28-34

In Jesus’ day, demons were thought present most everywhere, especially in the desert, in places without cleansing water, in woods and gardens, to those with sickness, around tombs, accosting lone travelers, to the newly-married, to a woman in childbirth, to someone who sneezes.[i]  Demons were especially unruly at sunrise and sunset, and in the heat of midday. Demons were troublesome when one was eating, so the mealtime prayer was not just for thanksgiving but also for protection.

Saint Paul presumed a battle being waged in this world between good and evil, and it is we who are being fought over. He writes, “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against… the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”[ii] Meanwhile, Saint Paul adds the assurance that “we are more than conquerors” to every spiritual distress.[iii]

Whatever kind of spiritual armor or spiritual vaccination you need for your own protection, pray for that. It is a good way to begin the day. Pray it for yourself, and for those who have a place in your heart. And at the end of the day, pray for a kind of inner cleansing of any distress which could otherwise infect the soul. This is a way of co-operating with God’s provision, and protection, and power to face the challenges of life – the physical, mental, spiritual challenges – with confidence and freedom.[iv]


[i] In addition to Matthew 8:28-34, similar accounts of Jesus’ power over demons may be found in Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39.

[ii] Ephesians 6:12.

[iii] Saint Paul writes, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)

[iv] The English word “confidence” comes from the Latin, confidere: “to have full trust or reliance,” that is, confidence in God’s presence, and power, and protection.

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4 Comments

  1. Faith on July 15, 2024 at 05:34

    Thank you Br Curtis for your message. Though I am listening to it in July 2024, it still remains relevant. Healing balm to my weary soul; which still seems to have troubles releasing traumas experienced. I’m praying prayers of protection and peace not only for myself but for my loved ones. I pray that any harm caused by neglect, etc in my younger years would be healed supernaturally so that I can serve God in a more joyful manner.

    Thank you again for this beautiful and meaningful message. God bless

  2. Cara Alfieri on July 11, 2024 at 10:35

    Just what I needed…thank you, Br. Curtis for all your efforts to reach others in such a loving, effective way.

  3. Christina Abbott on July 11, 2024 at 08:12

    Dear Br. Curtis, Your message came this morning as I was struggling with the infection of past sexual trauma in my maternal grandmother’s family. I’ve done some hard work on this in the church and in therapy, etc, but the old infection keeps getting inflamed whenever someone brings up the subject. It’s very toxic and difficult to deal with when it’s active. I gave some time at EDS to the subject of evil spirits and exorcism but decided that I wasn’t tough enough to withstand that force yet. The demons are being troublesome. So, this morning I am putting on the armor of love and God’s grace to get through this episode and to encourage my relatives to forgive. Thank you for relaying God’s message and presence.

  4. Thomas DeFreitas on July 20, 2022 at 05:10

    Thank you, Br. Curtis. This understanding meshes nicely with thoughts on the same subject by Dean Kate Moorehead of the Jacksonville cathedral. (I cannot summarize them neatly, but in her book “Healed,” Dean Moorehead acknowledges that there are realities in the face of which we need divine protection and, if I may be permitted the old-fashioned term, succour.)

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