While I’m tempted to say “God works in mysterious ways”, He has made a certain amount of His ways known through scriptures.
In the Old Testament, those who walked with God hardly embarked on a journey except as instructed by God. They knew that if God commands it, then He’d protect them in the way. In Exodus chapter 33, there was an anomaly, God told Moses to lead the people of Isreal to the land He had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but that His presence would not go with them. When Moses heard that, he told God that if His presence would not go with them then it’s better they don’t leave were they were at all. God had to agree before Moses obeyed.
The old testament pattern isn’t so different from how we secure God’s protection in the New Testament, except that this time, we act in faith. Let’s see how scriptures put it;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
So there’s something about faith in God, it shields you from all devices of the wicked. Faith isn’t just a bold declaration you make with your mouth, it’s a strong conviction from God’s word you have in your heart.
It’s okay to pray to God to protect you as you travel, but it’s important that you exercise your faith before and during that journey. There’s a dimension of faith that prays to God, while there’s another dimension that speaks to mountains. Don’t speak to God when you should be speaking to the mountain. Let’s see how scriptures put it:
23 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Did you see that? So after you’ve spoken to God about the journey, speak God’s word into the journey. As long as you believe in what you’re speaking, then God would certainly back you up – confirming every word you speak with signs following. Let’s see how scriptures put it:
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Notice verses 17 and 20, because they believed, the Lord was working with them and confirming the word with signs. That’s powerful!
Let me show you an example from how I make declarations of faith when I’m about to go out of the house;
“As I go today, I go in the name of Jesus. The lines are falling unto me in pleasant places, I have a goodly heritage. The Lord will be my sun and shield, He’d give grace and glory, no good thing will He withhold from me. He’d preserve me from all evil, He’d preserve my soul, He’d preserve my going out and coming in from this time forth, and even forever. He will keep me and water me every moment, and lest anyone tries to hurt me, He will keep me day and night. I shall be above only, and not beneath. I shall be the head, and not the tail. I shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, my leafs shall not wither, and whatsoever I do shall prosper. The Lord shall be my shepherd, I shall not want, He’d make me to lie down in green pastures, He’d lead me beside still waters, He’d restore my soul, for His name sake, even though I walk through the valley and shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for He is with me”.
That’s it, and even more sometimes. Please understand that I don’t just recite those words, I have a personal faith conviction about those scriptures, to a point that I don’t need to reference where they are quoted in the Bible.
So now you see, that beyond praying to God, you also have to speak to the road by exercising your faith in God. There’s a possibility of praying to God and still be afraid, but you couldn’t have spoken God’s word to the road and still retain fear in you.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!