Put On The Full Armor!
A loved one of mine once sufferred from PTS (post trumatic stress syndrome.) I became desperate to help him get through this time and as I stated last week, his help had to come from God and had to begin with prayer. I dove into the Word in search of just the right prayer to give him. I pondered all night through the scriptures. IN FAITH, HE... led me to settle on a quite simple and to the point prayer for God's "full armor" protection.
Our Lord knows first hand, just how much we need spiritual armor, not only to protect us from satan but, to actually go head on and stand firm in the battle. No doubt, there are times we must flee and let Jesus take the full reigns regarding the devil. He will do that! However, there are times we need to stand against satan and his demon crew, using the full armor God has lavished on us. We can be ready for spiritual warefare. The victory is ours through the Son of God and His Ressurection Power. Until the time God says this battle for the souls of mankind is over, we are to be vigilant on behalf of all the saints (that's you and me, brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as all those whom God would have us reach with His Gospel.)
In addition to Paul's instruction to the Philippian church, in chapter 4 verses 4-9, I was led to the verses in Ephesians where we learn of this armor God grants to the believer. Beneath these verses, I will give the prayer the Lord led me to compose, with instruction for my beloved to pray daily. This was a tough year for us, however our faith grew by leaps and bounds during this time and God was faithful to protect him in this battle over his mind.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then. With the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6: 10-18 NIV
Wow! These verses are far more valuable for you than any devotion I could ever write. I implore all Christians to take up their armor daily, not just in troubled times. As much as "Agape" (God's unconditional love) is a daily commitment and a day by day heart inspection. God's full armor is a day by day necessity!
A prayer to share:
Father in Heaven,
I thank you for the Helmet of Salvation, freely given to me through my acceptance of your Son, Christ Jesus as my Lord and my personal Savior. I praise You for the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. I stand on the truth of that Holy Word as you prepare me with the Gospel of Peace within my heart. I take up the Shield of Faith, so that every day I may be a testimony. I submit myself to You, Oh Lord, and cast all my cares upon You, for I know that You care for me. I put on the whole armor of God, by the power of the Holy Scriptures, and claim my right standing with You, through the blood of the precious Lamb of God. I do so that I may be able to stand against the schemes of the wicked one, and quench those fiery darts that are from the devil. Help me to be steadfast in faith and I pray You will make me mature in Jesus. Father, establish my soul with Jesus, strengthen me in Jesus and settle me in due time according to your perfect will. In the Powerful Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
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