In God's Hands: Best Prayers For Travel & Journeys

January 2023

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Travel can be a joyous, yet nerve-wracking experience. It’s important to be physically and spiritually prepared for any unforeseen event that may come your way. Hopefully, you’ll be able to have an amazing time with the protection of God during your whole journey. For that, don’t forget to confide in Him before leaving and trust that He’ll lead you safely home again.

Prayer is a universal language. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, or Budhist, God will always understand your plea and guide you during your travels. In fact, asking for His protection it’s a way to enjoy your time out of home with peace of mind and heart. Many explorers in the world come to our Lord in search of shelter. Different languages and religions are not a problem, since our God is one and listens to us all.

Wherever you’re from or going, keep in mind that a strong prayer can change your whole journey. Whether you travel by vehicle, plane, or boat, saying a petition before you start your next adventure will keep the bad luck away. When getting back, it’s a good idea to thank God for the safe trip. This simple action shows how thankful you are.

Before your next trip and after it, remember to pray to God and ask for protection and peace of mind during all your journeys. If you don’t know how to start, check some powerful prayers that people from different religions use to supplicate for His wisdom guidance.

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Roman Catholic Prayer

"O Almighty and merciful God, who has commissioned your angels to guide and protect us, may they be our companions from our setting out until our return. Clothe us with their invisible protection; keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of falling; and finally,having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen

Orthodox Christian Prayer

"Be mindful, O Lord, of those who travel by land, by sea, and by air; of the old and young, the sick, the suffering, the sorrowing, the afflicted, the captives, the needy and the poor; and upon them all send forth Thy mercies, for Thou art the Giver of all good things.
Amen.”

Anglican Prayer

"O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.”

Jewish Wayfarer’s Prayer (Tefilat HaDerech)

"May it be Your will, o Lord, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You, our Lord, Who hears prayer.
Amen.”

Irish blessings for those who travel

"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
"May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.”
„May the Saints protect you
And bless you today
And may troubles ignore you
Each step of the way.”
„God be on your road every way you go.”

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Prayers for someone else’s safe travel

„Dear God,
I’m praying for the safe travel of (…),
please guide & protect her/him so that she/he may reach her/his
destination safely.
I’m also praying for the pilot of the plane – to
give him the presence of mind that
he may be able to do his duty and responsibilities
for their safety as they travel.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

Conclusion

Prayer is powerful. It’s never too late to ask for help, guidance, and assistance from God in your journeys. A plea coming from your heart will get our Lord’s attention, and He will come on your behalf. Therefore, always dedicate a bit of time before your trip to ask for His protection, so you can feel prepared to have a safe journey.

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