The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I he afraid ?’— Ps. 27:1

ALMIGHTY GOD, whose presence fills the heavens and the earth, You control all things for Your children’s good; to Your paternal care I commit my way, in firm assurance that You will not leave me without protection, nor suffer my hope to fail. We are unworthy to ask anything of ourselves; but I come in the Name of our Lord and Savior, whom You always hear.

I am about to leave my home and go about my daily business which separates me from those whom You have made dear to me. My thoughts are resting on what is yet hidden in the mysteries of Your providence; on the time when my present purpose may be accomplished, and I may again return, and find my family, as they are now, surrounded with blessings of every kind, and trouble, sickness, and death, still strangers to our dwelling. We regard our separation as only for a short time. However we are too forgetful at times that in the midst of life we are in death, not knowing what a day may bring forth.

Praised be Your Name, for power, goodness, and mercy. We need fear no evil, for You are with us; and no enemy can harm, nor danger overcome the objects of Your care, unless sin should interpose to draw on us the strength of Your displeasure. Lord, be my guide, my helper, my preserver, in every place I travel. I pray for Your blessings to accompany me in my daily travels; keep me from harm. Help me to overcome every wicked, impure, unholy thought, or any thought which I dare not ask You to prosper with Your abundant grace.

In every circumstance of my journey, may I truly experience the consolation of Your all-prevailing watchfulness. I am never alone or unprotected, for You are at my right hand; and I know that You will require a due improvement of all the means wherewith You refresh my mind and body, to serve You more effectually.

All-bountiful Father, at the appropriate time restore me in good health to my home and family. For surely I am trusting in Your providence to keep and defend them. Permit me to look forward joyfully to the time when we may again assemble in Your Name, and be united with thankful hearts in declaring what rich mercies You have poured out on us. For Jesus’ sake, I humbly entreat all things necessary for our life here, in preparation for the life that is to come. Amen.

Book: Brief Prayers for Travellers
Author: Thomas Brittain Vacher
Publisher: London: Hatchard & Co. 187 Piccadilly 1868
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Henry©2014