In my time with the LORD I was reading from one of my favorite authors in his book “They smell Like Sheep (Vol 2)” and it was on accountability. He shared that several years ago when he begins traveling for speaking engagements an old pastor friend gave him this prayer that he still uses today. I thought it was worth sharing with my ministry friends as well when we are on the road by ourselves.
He writes (pages 86-88) I know a number of Christian leaders who refuse to travel unless accompanied by a family member or a Christian brother, again to practice and model accountability. I know why. I often find myself on the road …far from home … where no one knows me. Maybe I get to the hotel exhausted, maybe even hurt or depressed. And then I walk into a strange room – all alone. Sometimes evil seems to lurk everywhere. And without accountability, in a weary and depressed and loney state, I feel vulnerable.
Probably you understand. You, too, have stood at such dark, anonymous doorways. “Often,” you say. So, you know what I mean!
Let me pass you a bright secret for such dark places. Years back, a friend gave me a strong weapon for times like those. He taught me to step through the door, set down my luggage, fire up my laptop, and open a file in “My Documents” under “Prayer of Cleansing.” Then I pray the prayer aloud. It goes like this:
LORD, I claim this place for Your purposes. I stand on the truth of Your Word: “The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous” (Psalms 125:3). I believe You have given me this place for today. I dedicate it to you and ask You to fill it with Your holy presence. I separate myself from any iniquity that has occurred here in past times. I apply the power of Jesus’s blood to remove any desecration of God’s name in this place. I ask You, in Jesus’s authority, to set watching angels around this property, protecting Your servant from the work of the evil one.
If this is a hotel or motel room, he adds, I will add the following:
Father, I ask for Your holy presence and holy angels to linger here, to touch the lives of those who inhabit the room after me. Bring conviction to their hearts and draw them to seek after You.
I stand on the authority of the LORD Jesus Christ, whose name is above every name, to weaken the power of evil in this place. Through the blood of Christ, I remove all desecration of the name of God that was prompted, whether by human or demonic beings. I command all enemies of Jesus Christ that have access to this place, or who may be here now … to leave. Go now where you are ordered to go, by the voice of the Holy spirit. I claim this property for the Kingdom of Light. I order all darkness to flee, in the name of Jesus the King.