Encircling Prayers

An ancient form of prayer, dating back to the Celts, asks for God to surround us, protecting us from danger. These prayers are also known as “Caims”

The idea  of God “encircling” us goes back much further than this – in my favourite Bible song, the writer says to God “You hem me in, behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me” (Psalm 139 v 5).

There are many published encircling prayers, and their format allows us to adapt them to whatever circumstances we face.

They can be used as an active, kinesthetic prayer – on the beach you can draw a circle around yourself in the sand as you pray; you could turn around, drawing a circle around you in the air with a finger; or even (as I have done!) find a circle feature on the pavement (or the floor tiles at the Trafford Centre) and stand in the middle of it to pray.

An example you may like to use and adapt:

Circle (name), Lord.

Keep (comfort) near and (discouragement) afar.

Keep (peace) within and (turmoil) out.

The eternal Father, Son and Holy Spirit shield (name) on every side.



courtesy of Dr Annie Campbell @ Etsy

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2 Responses to Encircling Prayers

  1. Pamela Pritchard says:

    I like this Lyndsey. Excellent in fact. I look forward to following you.

    Liked by 1 person

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