Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 6:10-20

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”  (Ephesians 6:13)

There is an amazing urgency in these words.  The command is crisp and clear — “Take up the whole armor of God!”  Do it at once!  We must be prepared for the battle.  We do not know when the attack will come.  Therefore we must always be ready.  Put on the armor and stand firm!

In Mark Bubeck’s book entitled “The Adversary” there is a wonderful prayer for putting on the armor of God.  The following are excerpts from that prayer.  Make this your prayer today.

“I delight to take the armor You have provided and to put it on by faith as effective spiritual protection against the spiritual forces of darkness…I confidently take the loin girdle of truth that You offer me.  I take Him who is truth as my strength and protection…Thank You for the breastplate of righteousness that You offer me.  I eagerly accept it and put it on as my protection.  Thank you for reminding me again that all my righteousness comes from You.  I embrace that righteousness which is mine through justification…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 of God, which touches my emotions and feelings through prayer and sanctification…Eagerly, Lord, I lift up the shield of faith against all the blazing missiles 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 I deserved…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, my thoughts, with Your salvation.  I recognize that the Lord Jesus Christ is my salvation…With joy I take hold of 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…Thank You, dear Lord, for prayer.  Help me to keep this armor well-oiled with prayer…All 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.”  (Mark I. Bubeck, “The Adversary,” Moody Publishers)


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