living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for safe travel

Jet plane in the sky with dramatic clouds

Are you planning a long road trip, a flight or sea voyage? The following prayers remind us of God's love, care and protection when travelling. When the psalmist asks where he might go to be outside God's presence, he declares:

"Suppose I had wings
like the dawning day
and flew across the ocean.
Even then your powerful arm
would guide and protect me."
(Psalm 139:9-10, CEV)

Featured on this page are modern prayers for safe journeys, an ancient Irish prayer of protection (from "St Patrick's Breastplate") and a prayer message for the safe travel and return of loved ones (such as a husband or wife). There are also short quotes from the bible about travel and God's care.

prayer for safe travel

a beautiful prayer that reminds us of God's love and protection as we travel:-

N.B. The words to this prayer are reproduced further down this page ("Traveller's Prayer").
"You keep me safe, watch over me.
I choose to put my trust in thee."

Traveller's Prayer

(a prayer for safe travel)

O Father,

You are always there,
For your love reaches everywhere.
Above the clouds, beneath the sea,
I know your hand will cover me.
Through the darkened starry night,
Again at dawn when all is bright.
Upon the heavens, or over bridges,
Deepest valleys, rocky ridges.
You beside me, o so close,
Knowing when I need you most.

Through different lands of war or peace,
Where suffering stirs or riches twist,
I choose to walk the path you tread,
And carry your wisdom where I'm led.
I’ll bring your peace with every step,
And bless each place I rest my head.
You keep me safe, watch over me,
I choose to put my trust in thee.

"Traveller's Prayer" by Julie Palmer

Prayer for safe flight

Dear God,

Please watch over me as I fly out today. May your hand be on the pilot and crew, your strength be in the engineers that prepare the plane and your wisdom over the control teams on the ground.

I choose to trust in you, and give you my fears and anxieties. May I find peace as I travel. Take my heart on a journey of trust and hope as I look out over the beautiful world you have made.

I travel with you.

Calm me and cover me,


Quote from Phil 4:6-7 on the peace of God

follow this link to read prayers for inner peace

I arise today

(excerpt from the ancient Irish prayer of protection "St Patrick's Breastplate")

"Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise"

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You
(An ancient Celtic blessing suitable for giving to a loved one for their safe travel and return)

May the road rise up 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.

arrow rightread more prayers for travel
including a prayer for protection to say before traveling.

Short prayer for safe travel


I trust in your protection as I travel.
Keep me safe.


Prayer for inner peace and calm
(a prayer for calmness with nerves and anxiety)

Holy Spirit, please encircle me,
Come hold me safe and secure.
Wrap my mind up with your truth
Guide my thoughts and calm my fears.
Steady my emotions,
Lord that you would guide my feelings,
May I not be overcome by upset.
Sustain my soul,
With vision for the future,
And hope for tomorrow.

I need you.


quotes on protection in travel from the bible

"This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection."

(Psalm 91:2-4, NLT)

"The eternal God is our hiding place; he carries us in his arms."

(Deuteronomy 33:27, CEV)

"You'll travel safely, you'll neither tire nor trip. You'll take afternoon naps without a worry, you'll enjoy a good night's sleep."

(Proverbs 3:23-24, MSG)


further reading

arrow rightprayers for strength
featuring Christian prayers for strength, peace & guidance, with a simple prayer for strength at work

arrow rightarmor of God prayer
including an ancient celtic prayer of protection and a prayer about the full armor of God.

arrow rightserenity prayer
the famous three-fold request to God for wisdom, acceptance & courage.

arrow rightnight time prayer
a selection of short contemporary Christian prayers for bedtime and before sleeping.

prayer for peace of mind

a prayer to be led into God's still streams and receive his heavenly peace. With restful music and relaxing images of birds flying around a lake. About 2.30 minutes long:-