Want safe travel for your loved ones? Searching for the right prayer to pray? Here are eight powerful prayers you can pray for your family when they travel. These are representative of the loved ones in your life. You can add to any of the prayers to suit your situation or family relationship.
Whether it’s by vehicle, train, boat, or plane, travel can bring up concerns regarding safety. When the travel involves people in our family we love, the concern can increase dramatically. It doesn’t matter if our loved ones are behind the wheel or if there’s a pilot or other professional, the experience is still stressful. Knowing that you can lift them up in prayer can be a comforting practice, as you realize that God is present with them:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31.8, NIV).
While we know that accidents do happen, we still want to continue in hope and faith that God can, and will, keep our family safe and secure when they travel. It doesn’t matter whether a loved one is going down the street to the store, across the state to school, or to the other side of the planet for vacation, we want them to return to us in one piece.
You may find peace and assurance as you read scripture and pray for them. A favorite of mine has always been:
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139.9-10, NIV).
It doesn’t matter where we go, God is already there with us. There is no place we can go, or our loved ones can travel to, that God is not present. Isn’t that a wonderful piece of truth to grab hold of as you pray for your family?
Make these prayers a regular habit in your family. And feel free to write your prayer requests at the end of this article.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Mother
Dear God, I pray for my mother today. She is set to fly from her home to come see us and she hasn’t been on an airplane in several years. I pray for her safety at each point in her journey. She usually has someone with her but this time she’s traveling solo.
Keep watch over her as she drives to the airport and goes through security. Guide the plane safely here and enable the pilots to focus well as they takeoff and land. I pray for me to be attentive as I drive to pick her up and bring her to our house.
I look forward to her visit and so I pray for her safe travel in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Father
Lord, my dad has to travel across the country for a business meeting this week. I ask you to keep him safe throughout the whole travel experience. I know there’s nothing to fear and so I place him in your hands of protection.
I pray he gets the rest he needs so when he’s driving during the week, he remains focused on the traffic. I pray for his airplane to get him there safely and return him home safely. Strengthen his immune system as he will be around many large groups of people during this trip.
I pray for his safety in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Son
My son has his first spring break trip in a couple of days, Lord, and I’m concerned for his safety. He’s old enough to travel on his own, but I ask that you keep watch over him when I cannot be there.
He has to grow up and accept responsibility for himself and I have to grow in my trust of his decision-making ability. I pray he will remember all the things we’ve taught him about how to act in public and around other people. Keep him safe from harm due to the actions of others.
Guide my son and his group as they drive down there and throughout the week. I pray this, trusting in the God who saves us through Jesus, Amen.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Daughter
Lord Jesus, can you watch over my daughter this week? She’s going to visit our extended family for a couple of weeks, all by herself. It’s a nonstop flight so I’m thankful that she will not have to navigate changing planes or anything. I just want her to arrive safe and enjoy time with the family.
I pray for her to use good judgment as she navigates the concourse here, and then the subway when she arrives there. I ask that you surround her with your protective hand, and keep her aware of her surroundings at all times.
I ask these things through Jesus Christ, Amen.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Brother
I’m so happy Lord! My brother is coming so see us! He hasn’t seen my family in almost three years so we are looking forward to having him here. He’s driving all the way, so I ask that keep him safe on all the roads he travels.
It’s a 15-hour trip that he says he’s going to make in one day. Grant him refreshing sleep so he is fully attentive every hour he drives. Keep errant vehicles away from him and may his journey be accident-free. We just want to see him here safe and sound.
I pray for all of this through Jesus Christ, Amen.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Sister
Dear God, my sister is traveling tomorrow to see her boyfriend (and we think, soon-to-be fiance). I lift her to you, that you hold her safely in your hand through each point of her trip. She has a layover and has to change plans, so I pray there be no delays at all.
I ask that you keep her mind alert and her body relaxed so that when she arrives she is in good spirits to see (name). Let them have a safe visit together and then return her to us with no obstacles. I pray for my sister’s safe travel in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Husband
Lord, I know my husband has to travel from time to time, but I always get nervous when he has to be away for several days. I pray to you now, trusting that you will keep him secure wherever he goes this time. I pray he encounters no illness or danger.
I know as I pray that you are already present with him and watching over him and that brings me peace, Lord. Thank you for hearing my prayer, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Safe Travel for Wife
Father in heaven, as my wife travels this week to see her parents, I ask that you hold her in your mighty hand of protection. I don’t like that she’s driving alone but there was no other way for her to make the trip happen.
Please keep her safe at every meal and bathroom stop, and at every gas station where she fills up the car. Let there be no delays for her and no accidents in her midst. I can’t imagine what I’d do if something happened to her Lord, so I pray this prayer in the name of the Mighty One, Lord Jesus, Amen.
We want to not have anything happen to our loved ones, whether it’s when they are traveling, or working, or vacationing. We don’t have to be bound up in fear or worry that something might happen. We can lay our burdens and safety concerns at the foot of God. We can trust that God is guiding us (and them) at every step:
” I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32.8, NIV).
Back in ancient times, when the Hebrew people traveled regularly to Jerusalem for the different festivals, they would ordinarily sing songs along the way. Some of those are found in the Psalms (which means songs). A portion of one of them is worth saying and praying for. You may wish to memorize it as your “travel prayer.”
“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121.7-8, NIV).
As you pray these prayers for safe travel, may your heart fill with peace, your mind be calmed, and your spirit remain at rest. Please share these prayers with your family. You may wish to all pray the same prayer at the same time each day when someone is traveling. The person traveling can be filled with confidence that they are literally surrounded by prayers.
You may find that your own personal prayer requests come to mind as you pray. Please share them below in the comments section.