I’m in a YouVersion Daily Plan with some men from our church. I love that we can read the same devotional and scriptures, interact with our thoughts, and develop the discipline of daily fellowship with God and one another. In one section of the reading was a reference to the spiritual armor found in Ephesians 6. It reminded me that I had written a prayer based on this text that I prayed daily for a long time. But somewhere along the way I didn’t any more. I think I’m missing some of the strength this prayer asks God to bring into our lives. So, in this post I’m revisiting this text, this prayer, and my desire to pray it often. Eight verses that shape a power-filled prayer life:
Ephesians 6:10-20 (NLT)
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
I do not doubt for a minute that many Christians are trying to face up to a powerful enemy on their own strength – and failing miserably. I can speak from experience. It is only when we put on God’s armor that we are able to stand. This is a spiritual battle and it requires spiritual resources. Putting on God’s armor is not like putting on a metal suit, but it is a spiritual exercise for a spiritual battle. In an effort to bring to mind the spiritual armor of God and to engage in prayer, I have taken the Apostle Paul’s words and lightly formed them into a prayer for each day as we face a merciless enemy.
God, I am calling out to You from the battlefield of my life. I face an enemy I cannot defeat on my own power. I must have Your help to overcome. I confess that only You have the strength to help, enable, empower me to stand against a smart and strong enemy who is working against me. In faith, I enter the battle with Your presence to equip and sustain me. I take up the FULL ARMOR of Your Strength so I can resist and stand.
I take up Your truth to see Your will clearly, unclouded by the enemy’s deception, to protect my mind.
I take up Your righteousness to protect my heart and impact my life and others, by living for You.
I take up an attitude of readiness to protect my will…to bring the Gospel of Peace to overcome in spiritual conflict.
I take up faith to protect my spirit so that the devil’s attacks can be extinguished.
I take up salvation to protect my soul so that I may find my confidence in Your ability and not mine.
I take up the Scriptures to advance your word, defeat every false way, and empower every struggling believer.
I pray these things with the Spirit … alert … persevering … interceding for others.
In the Powerful Name of Jesus, Amen.
In some of my earlier prayer journals I wrote this prayer and the Lord’s Prayer in the front cover. It was important to begin each session of prayer by acknowledging that without God’s help I can do nothing, but with His Son by our side, we can experience victory. Journaling reminds me to pray – to pray specifically – and to keep up with the requests for which I pray.
The Spiritual Armor of God is ESSENTIAL in the fight against our enemy, Satan. We can’t put it on like we do a new pair of shoes. Putting on God’s Armor is a spiritual exercise. Write it down. Say it out loud. Memorize it. Say it throughout the day. When it becomes a part of our way of thinking about spiritual things, then we are advancing forward in the battlefields in which we used to be defeated.
Thanks for reading.