The armor of God has always been one of my favorite passages, but Lord when I’m fighting I seem to forget almost every bit of it! In the heat of the moment I run into the fight without being prepared. I let the confidence in my faith replace my faith. Lord, renew my mind. Renew my thinking. How can I be strong in You if I am focused on me? How can I fight with my hands when You are the one “who has trained my hands for war and my fingers for battle”? (Psalm 144:1)
Lord, be my strength and my armor. The only way I can stand against the schemes of the enemy is by Your power. If I have been made the righteousness of God, then let me walk in that righteousness and not my own! I’m not fighting a physical fight. I’m fighting a spiritual fight. A fight that never ends, but one that I can endure through your power. I know it’s not against flesh and blood that I fight. So, Lord, help me not to fight in flesh and blood. Help me to fight in spirit! Clad in your salvation, your righteousness, your peace, your truth, your faith, and your Word.
It seems so obvious God. You don’t just cover me with the armor of your own body, you fill me. You and I are one if only I would let you rule in my heart! You have given me “a new self, a new life, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24)
So, God, I’m asking you to keep me clad in your robe of righteousness. Keep me clad in your full armor, day and night, so that I am indeed ready for the siege of the enemy. He is relentlessly barraging me with arrows, but your Faith is enduring. It doesn’t fail. It doesn’t falter. Help me not to partner with the darkness and the desires of my flesh. Help me instead to partner with you, in your light and love. Help me to honor all that you have done for me by taking the time to be obedient to your requests so that I can conquer the enemy day in and day out through the power of your Spirit.
It’s not rocket science, God. It’s so simple. It’s so honest and gentle and perfect because that is who you are, Jesus. That is who you are. So, in order to be perfect as you are perfect, I must let you lead me in all things. I need to diligently relinquish myself to the desires of my sinful nature, and fully embrace the gentle cleansing and perfecting of Your presence in me. You create in me a clean heart. You restore my soul. You wrap yourself around me and place your tent over me to protect me. No weapon formed against me can stand against You.
I will pray at all times in the spirit, and keep alert with perseverance, because you have made me to endure and to persevere. I will stand and boldly proclaim the gospel for which I am an ambassador. Then people will see you and know you through me. And you will be glorified. And you will be exalted. And you will truly be the king of my heart.
I love you, Jesus. I will keep trying.