After having described the equipment God provides for His people, Paul talks about prayer.  Any soldier must be in direct communication with those he serves in order to be of use to them.  Paul connects the section about our armor with the section on prayer by the use of “and” showing they go together (Ephesians 6:18). 

            LESSON FOR TODAY:  The importance of a good, solid prayer life cannot be overemphasized (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9; Jeremiah 33:3).  Fasting can be an important part of prayer as well when God directs it.

            LESSON FOR TODAY:  God does promise ultimate victory for His people, not always immediately in this life but enough for now and the rest in the future (1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 1 John 5:5). 


PRAYER OF THE ARMOR OF GOD       Heavenly Father, I desire to be obedient by being strong in the Lord and the power of Your might.  I see that this is Your will and purpose for me. I recognize that it is essential to put on the armor that You have provided, and I do so now with gratitude and praise that You have provided all I need to stand in victory against Satan and his kingdom.  Grant me wisdom to discern the tactics and sneakiness of Satan’s strategy against me. I delight to take the armor You have provided and by faith to put it on as effective spiritual protection against the spiritual forces of darkness present in the world today.

            I confidently take the belt of truth that You offer me.  I take Him who is the truth as my strength and protection.  I reject Satan’s lies and deceiving ways which seek to gain advantage against me.  Grant me discernment and wisdom to recognize the subtle and sneaky methods in which Satan seeks to cause me to accept his lies as truth.  I desire to believe only the truth, to live the truth, to speak the truth, and to know the truth.  I worship and praise You that You lead me only in the ways of truth.  Thank You that Satan cannot stand against the truth.

            Thank You for the breastplate of righteousness which you offer me.  I eagerly accept it and put it on as my protection.  Thank you for reminding me again that all of my righteousness comes from You.  I embrace that righteousness which is mine by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is His righteousness that is mine through justification.  I reject and repudiate all trust in my own righteousness which is as filthy rags.  I ask You to cleanse me of all the times I have counted my own goodness as being acceptable before You.  I bring the righteousness of my Lord directly against all of Satan’s workings against me.  I express my desire to walk in righteousness before God today.  By faith I appropriate the righteousness of Christ and invite Him to walk in His holiness in my life today that I might experience His righteousness in total context of ordinary living.  I count upon the righteousness of my Lord to be my protection.  I know that Satan must retreat from before God’s righteousness.

            Thank You, Lord, for the sandals of peace You have provided.  I desire that my feet should stand on the solid rock of the peace that You have provided.  I claim the peace with God which is mine through justification. I desire the peace of God which touches my emotions and feelings through prayer and sanctification (Philippians 4:6).  Thank You that as I walk in obedience to You the God of peace promises to walk with me (Philippians 4:9), I thank you that as the God of peace You are putting Satan under my feet (Romans 16:20).  I will share this good news of peace with all others that Your Spirit will bring into my life today.  Thank you that You have not given me a spirit of fear but of love and power and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).  Thank you that Satan cannot stand against Your peace.

            Eagerly, Lord, I lift up the shield of faith against all the blazing darts that Satan and his hosts fire at me.  I recognize that You are my shield and that in Your incarnation and crucifixion You took the arrows of Satan which I deserved.  By faith I count upon You to shield me from above and beneath; on my right and my left; in front of me and behind me, that I might be protected, walled in, and encapsulated by You that Satan may gain no way to hurt me or keep me from fulfilling Your will today.

            I am willing that any fiery darts of Satan You wish to touch me should do so, but I shall look upon them as refining fires permitted in Your providence and by Your love for my refining and Your glory. Thank You, Lord, that You are a complete and perfect shield and that Satan cannot touch me apart from Your sovereign purpose.

            I recognize that my mind is a particular target of Satan’s deceiving ways.  I take from You the helmet of salvation.  I cover my mind and my thoughts with Your salvation.  I recognize that the Lord Jesus Christ is my salvation.  I fill my head with Him.  I invite His mind to be in me.  Let me think His thoughts, feel His love and compassion, and discern His will and leading in all things.  Let my mind be occupied with the continuing, daily,  saving work of my Lord in and through my life.  May You meet and defeat all Satanic thoughts in my mind.

            With joy I take hold upon the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  I affirm that Your Word is the trustworthy, infallible Word of God.  I choose to believe it and to live in its truth and power.  Grant me the love for Your Word which comes from the Holy Spirit.  Forgive and cleanse me from the sin of neglecting Your Word. Create in me a hunger and thirst to study and know Your Word.   Enable me to memorize it and to meditate upon its truth.  Grant me proficient recall and skill in using Your Word against all of Satan’s subtle attacks against me, even as my Lord Jesus Christ used the Word against Satan.  Enable me to use Your Word not only to defend me from Satan, but also to claim its promises and to wield the sword strong against Satan to defeat him, to take away from him ground he claims, and to win great victories God through Your Word.  Thank You that Satan must retreat from Your Word applied against him.

            Thank You, dear Lord, for prayer.  Help me to keep this armor well-oiled with prayer.  I desire to pray at all times with depth and intensity as the Holy Spirit leads me.  I trust the Holy Spirit to enable me and to intercede for me and through me.  Grant me great supplication and burden for others in God’s family of blood-washed saints.  Enable me to see their needs and to assist them through prayer as the enemy attacks them.  All of these petitions, intercessions, and words of praise I offer up before the true and living God in the name and worthy merit of my Lord Jesus Christ.     Amen.    (Adapted from “Prayers for Spiritual Warfare” by Phillip Kayser and Mark Bubek)


(If I can answer questions or offer personal counsel, or if you would like a free copy of my Spiritual Warfare Handbook, email me at Jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org or download it from http://sw.christiantrainingonline.org/.  My next book, Spiritual Warfare in the Bible, which is a more advanced treatment of spiritual warfare, is also available there for free.)


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