For several weeks you have heard me talk about walking a prayer circle around Lauren’s car before she leaves for work.  I have had several ask you about the book in which I refer.  One of my favorite authors Mark Batterson who wrote the story The Circle Maker.  Batterson explains how you should pray circles around your biggest dreams and greatest plans.  God honors bold prayers because bold prayers honor God.

After I read this book, I thought to myself, why not walk prayer circles around my children?  Why not place a hedge of protection around those I love?  Why not pray bold, big prayers?

I have been known not just to walk prayer circles around cars, but around houses, churches, and places where we may be.  There is an abundant amount of security knowing that with God walking with me He guides me to place a hedge of protection around that which I love.

DIVE INTO THE BIBLE

In the old testament, wild animals were more prevalent than they are today.  The bible mentions lions, wolves, bears, leopards, and hyenas.  The walls that would work best to keep animals out would be those made of stone, but these walls would take a long time to build.  Wood was not plentiful enough to waste on a fence.

So they would put a hedge of thorn bushes around where they lived. A hedge is a living thing that, with care and attention, will grow thicker and stronger over time.   The hedge of protection will be so protective that nothing will be able to crawl or chew through them.  As Satan is compared to a lion looking for someone to devour, a thorn hedge is an appropriate metaphor for the protection God gives his followers.

We should ask for God to place a hedge of protection around us or anyone for that matter.  The assurance of God’s protection is located within the words of Psalm 91.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]

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[b] 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.”

 

God protects us if we allow Him to, if we will take refuge under His wing.

There is one who doesn’t like it when we take shelter, and that is the Devil.  He attempts to lure us away by tempting us with sins that look wonderful.  The psalmist writes this by saying the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the pestilence that stalks in the night, the plague that destroys at midday.

Speaking of the Devil in Job 1, Satan is talking to God.  God points out to Satan that Job is “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). Satan replies, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?” (verses 9–10).  God had to take down the hedge for Satan to attack.

Many things in our lives need to be protected.  We need to place a large thorny hedge around that which we love.  The first step is to realize that this hedge begins by dwelling in God’s shelter.  The longer we go to God for shelter, and the more attention we put in growing in our relationship with Christ, the more protective our hedge will be.

In an article written by Cameron Buettel, I found great words on the hedge of protection and how to build your hedge:

There is a hedge of protection that comes through Jesus for you and your house. It’s invisible, but it’s there. As we pray, the Lord will put a hedge around us, our family, our household, and around all that we touch and all that we have. You can visualize this as a physical hedge, or as we often say, think of it as a bubble of God’s glory. There is an atmosphere around you that has a force. It carries the presence and power and promise of Heaven. Negative things can be all around you, but as they encounter that bubble, they hit a barrier they can’t penetrate. Within that sphere, the blessings of God will come as well as increase. It carries a vibration of Heaven that brings everything else into harmony with God’s plan and purpose. [1]

There are specific ways we can build a hedge: First, steward your atmosphere. . . . Stay in joy, praise, and thanksgiving. Keep a childlike heart of faith and expectation. . . . Speak the Word of God into that situation. . . . What you say makes a difference. Your words have power. Agree with faith not fear when you speak. Stay in the glory bubble. Confess the blessing of the Lord over your children. Speak destiny and promise over your house, your Job, your church, city and nation. Speak in harmony with God’s truth. Release life, shalom, and wholeness. . . . You may face a reality that looks like complete defeat. You may even be attacked. But there is another vibration that you can tap into where the living glory brings a different message and a higher reality. In the glory, opposition becomes opportunity for great victory. [2]

With God as your shelter, there is a hedge of protection around you that the enemy cannot cross. What is meant for your harm, God said He would use to your advantage.  Go to God and grow your thorny hedge.

CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK

  • Keep your daily appointment
  • Dive deep into the word
  • Pray the hedge of protection
  • Fill your cup with Christ

 

RESOURCES

The Hedge of Protection, Cameron Buettel, 2-1-2016 https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B160201/the-hedge-of-protection