The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. – Proverbs 15:3 NASB
Before I knew about this hymn written by the fifth-century Celtic Christian St. Patrick, “Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left…” I ever prayed such a prayer from time to time. It reminds me about the omnipresence of an Almighty who is always watching over me wherever I am, and in whatever situation I am in. It brings great comfort and assurance in knowing that He is always with me.
Praying such a prayer helps to:
- re-align my focus on Him instead of my problems (Psalm 46:10);
- declare to the principalities that Christ is for me, who can be against me (Romans 8:31), therefore I shall not fear;
- affirm me that God loves me so much, to be watching over me at all times (Psalm 121:8);
- bring me back to the enduring presence of God (Psalm 139:7);
- fall back on the promises of God: (a) who goes before me to pave the way (Deuteronomy 1:30; Isaiah 45:2); (b) and He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5B);
- remember to partner God in whatever I am about to do (John 15:4-5);
- recall that God is Sovereign and in control (Colossians 1:17);
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).