A Guide To Intercessory Prayer
by Rev. Richard W. LaFountain

Our Protection In Prayer
"Our Hiding Place"

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"
- Matthew 23:37 & Luke 13:34
Jesus spoke to the disciples about abiding in Him. He spoke to Israeland wept over her because she WOULD NOT nestle herself under hisprotective, caring wing. Restlessness will keep us from staying inthe protective care of our Heavenly Father's strong wings. It is likechoosing to take refuge under an umbrella, on a rock, in a rock, in apavilion, in a fortified building, in a secret cave. The winds of adversity, the attacks of the others and the fiery dartsof the wicked one will come our way. In what we nestle for comfortand protection says where our hearts really are. We need to learnthe nestling instinct by secret time or prayer, or in times of troubleHis wing will be an unfamiliar place. Observe the Scripture's use of synonyms for God's protective place ofsecret prayer. There is strength and safety abiding in Him. Studythese Scriptures, there are many more. The first number you seeindicates the Hebrew word, according to Strong's numbering system, thatis being translated. Strong's Numbering of Hebrew Words(06738) Shadow of thy Wings - shade - Ps 17:8/ 36:7/57:1/61:4/63:7(04869) Refuge from floods - high place - Psalm 9:9 / 14:6/ 46:7,11(04268) Refuge from rain - shelter - Psalm 42:1 / 61:3(05521) Pavilion - royal canopy - Ps 27:5/ 31:20(04686) Fortress - stronghold, fort - Ps 18:2/ 31:3/ 71:3/ 144:2(05553) Rock - crag, cliff - Ps 18:2/ 31:3/ 40:2/ 42:9/ 71:3(06697) Rock - strength - Ps 18:31,46/ 27:5/ 28:1/ 31:2/ 62:2,6-7(05643) Hiding Place - shelter, secret place - Ps 32:71 / 119:114(04583) Strong Habitation - lair, refuge - Ps. 71:3(04020) High Tower - castle, elevated stage - Ps 61:3 / 144:2

Psalm 91 is God's protective passage.

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

After you have studied these words think of hymns and songs that referto God by these titles. Make these prayer songs to use when you comeinto your secret place of prayer.

Hymn: O Worship The King "Our Shield and Defender,
the Ancient of Days.
pavilioned in splendor
and girded with praise."