I get up early in the mornings, shower, dress, and grab something to eat right before I head out the door. I then spend my 15-20 minutes of driving time to finish dressing on my way to work. It’s the perfect time for me to put on the full armor of God.
As with The Lord’s Prayer, I use the portion of scripture on the armor of God, found in Ephesians 6:10-18, as a topical outline of prayer points. Rather than pray in the order the points are listed, I prefer to “put on the armor” starting from my head down, because it’s easier for me to remember.
The following is an example of how I use this section of scriptures, and other verses that the Lord brings to my remembrance, during my prayer time.
Lord, I put on:
- The helmet of salvation. I thank you that you are my Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Creator, Protector, Provider, and Friend. Thank you for being Lord over my mind and my thoughts. Thank you for keeping my mind in perfect peace as I keep my mind steadfast on you. I fully trust you (Isa 26:3). I choose to set my mind on things above (Col 3:2). I choose to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy (Phil 4:8).
- The breastplate of righteousness. I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh (Rom 7:18). But I have been made righteous by the blood of Christ that was shed on my behalf (Rom 5:19) and that gives me clear access to the throne of grace to which I boldly come (Heb 4:16). I thank you that you sit on the throne of my heart and rule and reign over every area of my life. Thank you for being Lord over my feelings and emotions, and for helping me to guard my heart, because out of it flows the issues of life (Prov 4:23).
- The belt of truth. I choose to live a transparent life before you and all men. I choose to speak the truth, do all things in truth, and be honest and fair with everyone. I will not lie or use deception, trickery, or be crafty or deceitful in any way. If possible, so far as it depends on me, I will live at peace with everyone (Rom 12:18). May my words and actions always bless others and bring you glory and not shame.
- Shoes that are fitted with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. I thank you for the Gospel – the Good News, and how it brings peace to the hearts of those who hear it. Please provide me with opportunities to share the Gospel with others. I thank you for your peace, the peace you leave us. It is nothing like the peace of this world. (Jn 14:27). Your peace remains. It surpasses all understanding and guards my heart and mind (Phil 4:7).
I hold/take up:
- The Shield of faith. I thank you for the measure of faith you have given me (Rom 12:3), and I ask that you, please, increase my faith (Lk 17:5), and help me overcome any unbelief (Mk 9:24). I do have faith the size of a mustard seed! I can say to the mountain to move and it will move! Nothing will be impossible for me! (Mt 17:20). I believe!
- The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Your word endures forever (Isa 40:8; 1 Pet 1:25). Your word is truth. Sanctify me with your truth. (Jn 17:17). Thank you that your truth sets me free (Jn 8:32). I am transformed by the renewing of my mind (Rom 12:2), as I delight myself in your word and meditate on it day and night (Ps 1:2). I hide your word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Ps 119:11).You are the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through you (Jn 14:6). I choose to listen to the truth, speak your truth, share your truth, walk in truth, and live in truth, all the days of my life.
- Praying for others. I then pray for others that God brings to my mind (Eph 6:18).
Why is it important to put on the full armor of God?
- It makes me strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Eph 6:10)
- It enables me to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph 6:11)
- It reminds me who the real enemy is. I don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12)
- It enables me to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Eph 6:13, 14)
- It enables me to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph 6:16)
If you want to be spiritually prepared and equipped for unexpected challenges on any given day, begin by putting on the whole armor of God.
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for giving us clear instructions on how to be victorious. Amen.