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Praying Through the Armor of God

Posted by Cinda On April - 16 - 2013

armorofgod“Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle, you will be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.” Ephesians 6: 10 – 18

Father God, thank you for assuring me of victory today! By faith I choose to follow Your battle plan and to prepare myself according to Your instructions.

In preparation for the battles I may face today, by faith I put on the belt of truth. Your Word is true. Renew my mind through the truth of Your Word. Help me to not compromise Your truth through my thoughts, speech or actions. Expose in my heart the lies that I can be tempted to believe. The truth about me is that I am Your child – bought and paid for by the blood of Christ. The truth is that You love me dearly. The truth is that nothing can separate me from Your love today.

By faith I put on the breastplate of righteousness. Your word says I am righteous in Your eyes because I trust in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. And, You have accepted me as your child. I also make a commitment before You to seek to do, say, think and believe what is right, today. May I be known as one who does what is right regardless of what it costs me. May the righteousness of Christ shine through me.

By faith I put on the sandals of the Gospel of Peace. I know I will face situations today that could cause me to become worried or concerned. I also know that is not how You want me to live my life. I make a commitment to, “…not worry about anything but pray about everything” (Philippians 4: 6-7) so that I may experience Your comforting, reassuring peace throughout my day, regardless of what circumstances come my way.

armor_of_god02Lord, I hold before me and around me the shield of faith. My faith is in You and You alone. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Apart from You, I can do nothing. Help me use my shield of faith today in a strong, effective way to stop all of Satan’s fiery darts in whatever form they may take. Help me to use my shield of faith to resist and extinguish his attempts to make me doubt You or view myself or others negatively. By faith I can claim victory over _____________.  When I face temptation, strengthen my faith in You; remind me that the victory has already been won at the cross.

By faith I put on the helmet of salvation. Thank You for saving me and bringing me from darkness into the light. Thank You for forgiving me in Christ. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to live inside of me. I surrender myself to You today. Help me keep every thought under Your control and in accordance with Your truth.

Lastly, I take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Bring to my mind verses to help extinguish every fiery dart of Satan. Let Your Word be a sharp instrument in my mouth to defeat the lies of Satan. In every situation I face, help me be vigilant and alert to the deceptions of the enemy. And help me use Your Word to gain victory because I realize that as I know the truth, the truth will set me free.

So, Lord, I go now into my day rejoicing that You have chosen me to represent You to this lost world. May others see Jesus in me.  I know that You live in me and I know that You are greater than Satan, who is in the world. Father, as I walk through this day with You, let me walk in the confidence that I am prepared for the battles of this day, for by the power of Your Holy Spirit,  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4: 13)

In the name of Your precious Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ,  Amen

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