Sometimes life feels like a battlefield. As soon as I’ve managed to conquer an attack against my health, my calendar becomes overwhelmingly full, leaving me burnt out and disconnected from God. After the calendar begins to clear out, the check engine light turns on in my car, sending me into a financial panic. There are seasons filled with a flood of conflicts that seem to knock us off our feet just when we feel like we’ve started to gain our footing again. This world has a way of making us feel defenseless.
That’s why God instructs us to put on His full armor as we prepare for each day. Ephesians 6:10 walks us through many different defenses to help us stay alert to the enemy’s schemes, and rely on God’s strength to fight against them.
When you’re feeling like you need an added layer of protection, let the promises of this prayer give you the strength you need to keep moving forward towards God’s best for you.
Today we put on your full armor to guard our lives against attack. We put on the belt of truth to protect against lies and deception. We put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect our hearts from the temptations we battle. We put the gospel of peace on our feet, so we’re ready to take your light wherever you send us this day. We choose to walk in the peace and freedom of your Spirit and not be overcome with fear and anxious thoughts. We take up your shield of faith that will extinguish all the darts and threats hurled our way by the enemy. We believe in your power to protect us and choose to trust in you. We put on the helmet of salvation, which covers our minds and thoughts, reminding us we are children of the day, forgiven, set free, and saved by the grace of Christ Jesus. We take up the sword of the Spirit, your very Word, the one offensive weapon given to us for battle, which has the power to demolish strongholds, is alive, active, and sharper than any double-edged sword. Amen.