May 11, 2017

1 John 5:14 (NLT) — 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.

Pray on the Full Armor of God

As  followers of Jesus we’re in a spiritual battle. Though the ultimate war has been won, the enemy and his followers still operate as if victory is within their grasp. Satan, God’s enemy and ours, will do all he can to leave us discouraged, doubting, and defeated.

But God has not left us defenseless. He has provided spiritual armor for the spiritual battle (see Ephesians 6:10-18). Here is a prayer that you can pray with confidence to help you prepare for the daily battle.

Daily Victory Prayer   Based on Ephesians 6:10-18 Lord, Your word reminds me that my “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (v. 12). I am going to pray on Your armor today so that when evil comes, I may be able to stand my ground (v. 13).

Equip me, Lord:

  • With the belt of truth (v. 14). May Your truth rule in my heart and be in my mind and on my lips today.
  • With the breastplate of righteousness (v. 14). Apart from You there is no righteousness, but through Jesus I have been “born again” and made righteous in Your sight. May I live as a righteous person.
  • With feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace (v. 15). May I reflect the Gospel in my words and actions, that through me, with my every encounter, others may be drawn one step closer to You.
  • With the shield of faith (v.16). May I take You at Your word concerning promises about the present and future—promises of everlasting love, abundant life, and so much more.
  • With the helmet of salvation (v. 17). Remind me that nothing can separate me from Your love and that by grace I’ve been saved. In Your grace, help me to say “no” to all ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live a self-controlled, upright, and godly life (Titus 2:12,13).
  • And with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (v. 17). May Your Holy Spirit reign in my life and bring to my mind just the right Bible verses to be in my heart and on my lips. May I be “filled with the Spirit” and ready with Scripture as You were, Jesus, when the devil tempted You.
  • Finally, keep me in an attitude of prayer (v. 18). Remind me to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” Remind me to pray in tongues often. Cause me to be alert and always praying for Your people, my brothers and sisters in Jesus; to be joyful and to give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Father I know that you heard this prayer because it was Your word that was prayed.  Help me to be Your person in this world to-day—salt and light, moment by moment.

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