Many Celtic prayers were for protection, for strength to survive, and discernment between good and evil. They recognized that we are constantly bombarded by the world around us, and it is through continual prayer that we can be victorious over our human fraility, and receive strength from God.
The Power of God
May the strength of God pilot us,
May the power of God preserve us,
May the wisdom of God instruct us,
May the hand of God protect us,
May the way of God direct us,
May the shield of God defend us,
May the host of God guard us
against snares of evil
and the temptations of the world.
We cannot evade darkness in our life, but Celtic prayer teaches us to expect the morning light. Light in darkness, hope in despair, life in death, is their constant theme (Celtic Way of Prayer). The darkness outside ourselves does not need to be let in, we can keep it at bay by building and maintaining a hearth fire of God's love within us. By doing so, we also then can send out the warmth and light to others, strengthening and encouraging them to keep the fire within themself kindled with constant prayer and invigorated with the breath of the Holy Spirit.