The Prophet Ezekiel wrote, …”you have not gone up into the gaps to build the wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.” (Ezek 13:5).
Our hedge in Bible times was a special barrier or fence placed around great vineyards. Depending on its design, it was placed to keep insects, bugs, rodents, thieves, or birds from coming in and stealing the harvest.
Spiritually, a hedge is God’s wall of protection promised for all those who believe on him. As Christians believing what He has promised, it is time that we declare, “I’ve come to get back what Satan stole! I want God’s protective barrier around my life and that of my family.”
Most gaps and unprotected hedges happen because we have made choices that left us open to any attack. Because of these choices we feel miserable. We are hurt. We are bothered. We are struggling. We are failing, and we are walking through difficulty. The good news is, you can allow God to build a fivefold hedge around you and around your family that the devil cannot touch.
Hedge of Protection Prayer
Job chapter 1, verse four and five, says, “So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, ‘It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ Thus Job did regularly.”
Verse 10, “Satan asked God, have you not made a hedge around him?” How do you think that hedge got around Job’s children? God saw the earnestness of Job’s faith.
But here is a practical, tangible way to pray a hedge around family. If you began sincerely praying you will see an amazing difference
Hedge of Spiritual Leadership
If you have placed yourself under the authority of the local, Bible believing church led by a pastor who is sensitive to the Holy Spirit, there is protection in that place. Living under the ministry of a man of God will put a hedge around you. Remember Ezekiel 22:30. “I sought for a man among them who would make a wall (hedge) and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land.” God places blessing upon church families who stand for the truth of the Word of God.
Hedge of Unity
People and unity can build a hedge. You may recall the story of Abraham pleading with God for Sodom and Gomorrah to be spared. Abraham asked, …”would you spare it for 50 righteous people found there? God said, I will spare it for 50.” Abraham bargained all the way down to 10.
Amazing things could happen if we would begin to seriously pray about the governmental issues that are harming families and churches today. What if we began to pray in unity? If 10 righteous people living in purity, He would have spared Sodom. What could a group of an interceding Christians today accomplish in our nation?
Hedge of Angelic Protection
Holy Angels will help you place a hedge around your family. Psalm 34:7 says, …”the angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them.” Imagine the grounds around your home with the Angels of the Lord encamped all around! Read Daniel 10.
Some of us give up too quickly. You are praying, the Angels are at work, demons are fighting them, but God is on his way with the answer. The Angels could be bringing the answer home to you even now.
Hedge of Revival
Revival builds a hedge. Psalm 80:14 says,”Return we beseech you, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and see, and visit this vine.” Again in verse 18 is the plea, “Then we will not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name.” When revival comes, it puts a hedge around everything going on in the house.
Recall again the picture of the great vineyard. Those who raise grapes in Bible times valued their vines and protected them at all cost. The protection around the precious crop was multi-layered. First, they would often put a stone wall around it. Second, they would follow with a thick hedge of thorns. Third, right before the harvest, they would build a fire to keep the flying insects and birds away.
What a thrilling picture for us!
- First, the Stonewall is a symbol of God the Father, who is eternal, unchanging, and a solid foundation. With our families firmly planted upon the rock of ages we can find peace and security in the father’s strength and guidance.
- Secondly, the hedge of thorns is Jesus, whose blood provides everlasting protection for our souls.
- Thirdly, think of the symbolism of the wall of fire we arrive at harvest time when the grapes are ripe, following the long season during which we have waited and waited and waited.
The Father has watched over us and the blood has taken care of us, but now the fruit is ripe and the fragrance is wafting. It is when we are at the point of reaping the greatest blessings in our lives that every demon of hell, every insect and foul bird wants to lodge in the branches! But God says, “I am sending Holy Ghost fire.” And when that fire begins to burn, the smoke of his glory rises, and nothing can come and get our harvest.
Aren’t you tired of the enemy coming around and tampering with what is yours? We have a promise from Almighty God to be our protection against the Devils onslaught. Satan has devoured a lot of harvests in the past, but he cannot penetrate the powerful hedge of God. It is time for you to have all the protection He’s provided. Pray this prayer; “Lord, build a hedge around me, around my church, around my family, and around our nation. Protect my possessions, Lord, because it all really belongs to you. Lord, let me live long enough to see revival, to taste the new wine. Thank you for the harvest that is coming.”