Sunday, June 9, 2019

Prayer to Take Up the Whole Armor of God

Lord Jesus,
We find ourselves in a battle for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. The battle isn’t, “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12). Forgive us for the countless times we’ve attempted to handle this battle alone.
Cover us in the mantle of Your love. Cloak us in Your armor, securing it in place with the belt of Your truth. Safeguard our hearts against the world’s depravity with the breastplate of Your righteousness. Shod our feet to stand firmly for Your gospel of peace. Protect our minds from Satan’s lies with the helmet of Your salvation.
In all circumstances, show us how to use Your shield of faith to extinguish Satan’s fiery darts. Show us how to disarm all forces of evil with Your sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:11-17).
Urge us to be persistent in prayer, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18).
And remind us, with every breath we take, the victory has already been won. For You are the victory!
In Your Name, we pray.
Amen.
(Sherry Schumann)

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