Psalm 91: Most Powerful Prayer For Protection

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.’
Psalm 91:1-2

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Psalm 91: The Most Powerful Prayer for Protection

Psalm 91 is quoted as being one of – if not the – most powerful chapters and prayers of the entire Holy Bible. Commonly invoked during times of uncertainty and hardship, those who pray with and believe in the words of Psalm 91, truly trusting in the Lord, need not fear the power and deception of the enemy.

Whenever you are in need of the Lord’s protection over your life, a reminder of His loyalty to you, and how He provides for His children in times of famine and in feast, prayerfully and slowly read over this psalm. Meditate on it daily. Reflect on what God is promising you specifically. If possible, memorize your favorite verse(s) and repeat them often throughout the day. In times of great need and uncertainty, if committed to memory, the Holy Spirit will graciously remind you of what God has promised you. These words will protect you, those you love, and the whole world. Let us pray…

Psalm 91: God’s Impenetrable Prayer of Protection

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91 Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your continued presence with us. Thank You for Your Almighty wings which cast an impenetrable shadow of protection. Thank You for going before us; and for covering us from behind. Thank You for choosing to be in our midst, for lifting our burdens, and for securing the Heavenly place You have prepared for us. Your divine Words bring so much hope and comfort to our hearts. Remind us daily of Your strength, and may we always see glimpses of Your infallible glory and blessing as we seek Your face throughout our days. Victory and salvation are found in You alone, Lord. It is in the Mighty Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Words of The Greats

“It is one of the most excellent works of this kind which has ever appeared. It is impossible to imagine anything more solid, more beautiful, more profound, or more ornamented” -de Muis, cited in Spurgeon.

“This psalm is one of the greatest possessions of the saints” -G. Campbell Morgan.

“In the whole collection there is not a more cheering Psalm, its tone is elevated and sustained throughout, faith is at its best, and speaks nobly” -Charles Spurgeon.

What is the 'secret place' of Psalm 91?

The “secret place” in Psalm 91 refers to the Lord’s shelter. The “shelter” being referred to in the first verse is (actually) a ‘fortress’ or a ‘tower.’ The Jerusalem Bible states as follows: “If you live in the shelter of Elyon (High), and make your home in the shadow of Shaddai (God), you can say to Yahweh: My refuge, may fortress, my God in whom I trust!” Amen.

What does 'pestilence' mean in Psalm 91?

Pestilence is a fatal epidemic disease or plague that can affect people all over the world. Pestilence is also known as one of the four Horseman of the Apocalypse divinely revealed in the Book of Revelation (the final Book of the Bible).

See Also:
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49 comments on “Psalm 91: Most Powerful Prayer For Protection

  1. Janie Uribe

    Pray for my son Roger, May he stop using drugs n please God touch his heart. I leave him in Gods Hands. In Jesus Name l pray.

  2. Pray for my son Timmy and Laura. Keep keep them both safe on their travels.

  3. Please Jesus take care of me and my spouse & children and all there problems. May they find love & happiness in there time of need.

  4. Juanita Uribe

    Please help me with my family:
    Rogelio Uribe
    Lisa Rodriguez
    Richard Uribe
    Raymond Uribe

  5. THE HOLY TRINITY IS MY GOD . I Always Pray 4 d SALVATION of my Wife & all my kids , together w my Brother & Sisters 4 His Love & Mercy ,AMEN ✝️

  6. Heavenly Father, please guide my son because he is an alcoholic and a weed smoker, he is physically and emotional abusive towards his father. I ask you Lord to heal him and touch him in you paths, whatever the devil is trying I ask you to seek him, heal him, guide him in your righteousness for you name sake. You said in Psalm 91 you will protect us under your wings and said to trust you. Almighty Lord, I trust in you to keep on my son safe from hell and I ask your angels which is your messengers to report to you on his health. in Jesus name I pray. Amen

    • I am sorry to hear about your son, I understand, I was an alcoholic myself. But you should not be an enabler, he should not be allowed to hurt you or your husband. Call the police it might be the thing he needs Keep praying

  7. Anonymouspraying

    Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (Say 3 times). Pray for 3 days. Publish after 3 days. God says all things are possible through him. Amen.

  8. Powerful prayer from the book of Psalms. I found this really helpful. Thank you!

  9. ITUMELENG klaas


  10. Please pray for me I’m homeless and a senior women living in a motel waiting on an apartment soon I pray please pray for all struggling everywhere

    • CassieJayne

      I pray for you Christian sister! In Jesus name. I will b in similar situation as you.

  11. Ednah Ratemo

    Pray for my mother-in-law her ct scan to be successful

  12. Ntombenhle

    This prayer brings tears to my eyes always..My husband had a stroke last August but now he is able to walk a little, I am thankful because others passed away due to the same stroke

  13. Loreen Marie Collins

    Please pray for me cause my husband is a alcoholic and is mentally and emotionally abusive. Divided our family with his lies and words. All I ask in the name of Jesus is to repair what is broke to keep our marriage and family together and live by Our Lord’s Words. Thank you my Lord God.
    Hear my prayers 🙏 Amen

  14. Anonymous

    Please pray for me to heal in my suffering also for others who are in pain. Help my strength and faith in The Lord be stronger. I believe fully in the Lord even though I don’t understand some things. I am learning. I am very thankful and grateful for all God has done for me. I believe in God Blessed Mother and the saints. I know as my faith grows stronger God will help me, Heal me and protect me and all those who are suffering

  15. Gloria M Moore

    Please pray for my daughter Dana Jackson.

  16. Janet Ann Brown

    Pray for me to let go of the past and forgive those who harmed me, cost me my job and subsequently my home.
    Pray that I become financially prosperous.

  17. melbill47


  18. Ekwaika Ibrahim Usman

    Pray for God’s breakthrough in my life, since I was prematurely retired, I have been devasted, pray for me for a spiritual breakthrough, financial breakthrough, and God’s favor, in the new endeavors I’m going to embark on in my life and may God bless me and my family

  19. James disseldorf

    My life is SO low, I hope and pray the Lord takes me to heaven.
    It is VERY difficult to forgive when people can be so evil to you, including family members, as it says in one of the psalms. If earthly afflictions do not change, then take me to heaven, Lord.

    • John who loves God

      Don’t give up. God wants warriors so you have to stick it out and fight. Many people are evil but evil can only win if you give up. Meditate, pray and hang in there my friend. God me with you.

    • Please forgive them. This about how much God has forgiven you and let it go. I know it’s not easy but ask the Holy Spirit to help you and He will

    • When you truly believe in the Almighty, you know not to give up.You giving up is the work of the devil. God works in mysterious ways. When you think no hope is for you,pray harder. Pray also with those family members.God loves you.Stay here please.

    • People and some family members are mean to me too but don’t let that bother you hold your head up and remember god loves you and he will protect you from such people we will have our day when we stand in front of god and he will prepare a table for us with our enemies! And he will favor us glory be god!

    • Anonymous

      Please stay with us. Trust God’s Promises. GOD SAID I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU. Trust God and his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit they hear you cries for help.

      • Psalm 91, oh so comforting tonight , having spent a few minutes crying about my lack of promotion at work after 12 years of relentless hardwork in an international organisation.
        A few people have been handpicked for promotion through the years but not me.

        I am a single mother of 2 and in need of this promotion for financial security as well as the advancement of the News of Gods kingdom.
        Pray for me please.

  20. Johana Doe

    After months of harassment, bullying, retaliation, discrimination, exploitation, abuse of power I was fired. I have at least 10 diagnostics that make me a disabled individual. I was trying to make a living for me, I live by myself and really don’t have anybody who can help me. This company (Hoogwegt US a global company) just fired me after all the abuse that I was object to only because I requested reasonable accommodations at work. They hired one of the largest employment defense law firms in the country to go against me, they know they have to defend themselves big because they know they did wrong to me. I just have an attorney that work on contingency basis, I’m not sure if he is really fighting for me; please pray for me, I’m looking for justice and if at the end I lost the case, I’m asking for my inner peace and acceptance. Please, pray for me, for my future, I don’t know what’s going to happen with/to me.

    After reading Psalm 91, I feel better. Thank you.

    *** Please pray for my children and grandchildren as well. They really, really need God in their lives.

    • May the angels watch over you and guide you to a strong attorney – it sounds like you have a strong case. Keep the Faith 🙏

  21. i have been going through so much of relationship problems for the last 10 months. i am a person who had so much of faith but since last month i feel i have lost all faith. just found this pray and i would like to know if i can make request by this prayer

  22. I rarely miss saying Psalm 91. I know it by heart. Can it be said for ill health. The reason I’m asking is because I have prayed every day for two years for a health problem which hasn’t improved.

    • God says “No” sometimes. B.M. Palmer in Theology of Prayer, tells of a woman who had spent the summer away from her children, and was quite anxious to get back to them. When she learned that all the rooms on a certain steamer were taken, she wept bitterly. Because she couldn’t get a passage on any other ship, she was detained two weeks in NYC. But the sorrow of being delayed was turned into thanksgiving when, within a few days, she learned that the vessel that denied her passage was buried at the bottom of the Atlantic. She didn’t see the “no” as a wonderful answer to prayer until the whole story unfolded.

    • Anonymous

      Try a dry fast for some days and keep praying…ask God for forgiveness, let go of all your bitterness then keep reading the scripture on healing and do praise and worship as well…

    • Ani Ezekiel Kenechukwu

      You can say 8t for health my dear.
      It’s well with you.
      Jesus loves you so much.

    • Be open to including praying for spiritual direction. Health miracles happen all the time.

      Be ready at all times. The first commandment is EVERYTHING. Nothing else is even close.

  23. I read psalm 91 3 times a day.i believe psalm 91 is the most powerful prayer for protection.

  24. Jean Atkins

    Absolutely love this website. Psalm 91 is one of my favorite chapters. God bless you, for blessing me.

    • God bless you, Jean! We are so blessed to have you with us. AMEN about Psalm 91 — one of the most powerful chapters indeed! God bless you!

  25. Hi i am still kind off new to psalm9q i love reading it i need special prayers. For open up my doors for everything turn out well for me. Thank you my lord i believe in my lordd i pray for everyone thats need this special prayers thank you my lord amen protections kindness

  26. Maggie Guadalupe

    I read the Psalms every morning before I start my day.I love this website God Bless everyone.

  27. Wonderful website which centers one of the most beloved scriptures of the bible. Genius!

  28. A powerful promise, indeed!

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