A Road Trip Prayer

Cruising along highways at 60+ miles per hour in a minivan, on a road trip with your family, presents many risks, whether driver error, other drivers, mechanical failure or inclement weather. And have you ever experienced an actual close encounter or worse? I can recall several near accidents of my own.

That’s why, whenever I begin a long distance road trip, I pause to reflect on Psalms 34:7.

The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.

The Promise

This promise tells us how the Lord responds to the danger his children encounter. He surrounds us with His invisible, angelic armies.

Do you remember the occasion when the assistant to Elisha feared, because the massive Syrian army surrounded the city to capture Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17)? Elisha asked the Lord to open the eyes of his assistant to the angelic realm. And what did his assistant see? Myriads of angelic horses and chariots surrounding the Syrian army. This angelic army blinded the Syrian army and protected Elisha from danger.

The Condition

But this promise of protection contains a condition. God provides invisible, angelic protection to those who fear Him. What does this mean? David desribes this exactly in Psalm 34:13-18. He says, “Come, children, listen to me: I will teach you what the fear of the Lord is” (Psa. 34:11).

To fear the Lord is to:

  • Refrain from bad and dishonest talk (Psa. 34:13)
  • Change direction away from bad behavior and towards good behavior (Psa. 34:14)
  • Seek peace, and pursue it (Psa. 34:15)

So when I reflect on this promise before a long road trip, I give attention to my spiritual condition. Does my life reflect the qualities of a person who fears the Lord? If not, I should recognize my failures and turn to the Lord for the change that I need. And if I find that I am resting in Christ and walking in the fear of the Lord, then I quietly, confidently and gratefully ask for the angelic protection that the Lord provides.

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