The Loudmouth Protestant

February 13, 2009

A Prayer for Air Travel

Filed under: God,prayer — nickisym @ 10:11 am
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I woke up this morning to the news of the Continental Connections flight 3407 plane crash in Buffalo and I thought to myself, “Not again.” A few weeks ago, US Airways Flight 1549’s passengers and crew survived a splash down in the Hudson River. Every passenger and crew member was rescued with minimal injuries. But such was not the case with the Continental Connections flight that left Newark on its way to Buffalo, NY. All 49 passengers, the crew, the pilot and the inhabitant of the house the plane crashed into died.

My heart dropped as I watched this and immediately I thought about the millions of people who will have no choice but to board planes to get to their destinations. Including the family members of the deceased that may have to board planes to confirm their loved one was indeed one of the casualties of this tragedy. And it struck me, anytime we board a plane we are entrusting our lives to someone. To some, they believe it’s in the hands of the pilot, but really, it’s all in God’s hand. Now this is not to say that God meant for the plane to go down last night, I don’t know that. But this is my call to those who travel, by air in particular, to gird themselves up with prayer. This is my prayer for air travel:

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for your great creation of aircrafts. The machinery that you helped engineers create through your creative spirit to take your children from point A to point B efficiently.

As people walk down the ramp to board the plane

Let your hand of protection would be upon it

Upon every passenger, making them cool, calm and reserved as the flight crew helps us board this plane in an orderly manner

Upon the flight crew making sure that they take every necessary precaution to secure the cabin and the persons therein

Upon the pilot of the plane who has been given the great task of navigating people from point A to point B at altititudes so high one would think they are closer to you than the ground below

Give the pilot knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Give him or her the discernment so that they may be sensitive to your spirit to know when they should stay and when they should go

Father, allow them to trust your guidance to tell them the most safe and effective route to take on the journey.

It’s a massive undertaking to board a plane and to trust that they will land on dry ground alive and well, but let them trust you with their lives.

Father, from this day forth, be with every man, woman, boy or girl that will board a plane. Displace fear with faith.

Wrap yourself about the wings of the plane, be in the propellers, pour your Spirit all over the plane and make it your co-pilot.

Be the providential God we know you to be henceforth now and forevermore.

In Jesus’ Name,




  1. Thank you so much for this prayer. I have to fly at the end of this week and no matter what I try to tell myself, that I should be trusting fully in God, I have found myself plagued with fear and dread. I will keep a copy of this prayer with me on the plane and remember that it is God we are trusting in most of all.

    Comment by Diana — July 19, 2009 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

    • You’re welcome Diana. I trust that traveling mercies were with you and that you certainly trust in God to get you to and from your destination safely. God Bless.

      Comment by Nicole Symmonds — July 21, 2009 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you for this beautiful prayer. I am traveling today along with my husband. I have to admit, that flying scares me. The idea of not being in control is the part that scares me. After reading this prayer, I feel a lot more at ease. I have trust in God and know that he will be in control.

    Comment by Rima — July 24, 2009 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  3. thank you so much for this prayer. i get extremly scared flying. i always freak out no matter how much i try. this has eased my mind and soul. i have full trust in god and i know he will guide me and my son on our journey safely. this is the first time im taking my son on a plane and i needed something to give me the strength to have confidence for both of us. 🙂

    Comment by lola — August 15, 2009 @ 12:36 am | Reply

  4. Thank you so much. My job involves lots of traveling by air. Everytime I have to travel I don’t take it for granted. I tell God that so long as I am in that plane and I have prayed. He should spare us any misfortune. I just give it all to him and I know it’s a covenant between us. He will protect us always.

    Comment by Adjoa — November 7, 2009 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  5. Thank you so much for this powerful prayer. My husband is travel from one county to another in our home country Liberia, and I was searching through the prayer websites for prayer to travel and I came across this very powerful prayer or yours.

    After praying this prayer for his trip, I’m very relax and know that his going and coming will be bless to the glory of God the father.

    Still bless,


    Comment by Rosetta — November 13, 2009 @ 6:27 am | Reply

  6. May we use this prayer on our web site and possibly in a coffee table book printed from the web site for the families (about 40 copies) after the event? We have our group of 40 returning from the National Jamboree on Wednesday along with 400 in a larger group.

    In Him, Peter

    Comment by Peter Gruenbeck — August 3, 2010 @ 11:26 am | Reply

    • Hi Peter,

      Absolutely you can use the prayer on your website and the coffee table book. Apologies if my response is too late for use but I hope it will be just in time.

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — August 12, 2010 @ 11:09 am | Reply

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