12 Prayers | For The Armor Of God
As a Mama to five small children I don't give a lot of thought to what I wear. If I have the time to take a shower and get out of my sweats, I typically grab a soft graphic tee, skinny jeans, and some flats. I am no fashionista but I do know one thing: armor is not in style unless it is Under Armour. I mean, armor is heavy, cumbersome, and not really pretty. Or is it? What if I took the time to put on truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God? What if each day we dressed ourselves in the clothes God has given us for our protection? What if we helped our kids get dressed in these clothes? I have written these 12 Prayers based on the Armor of God in Ephesians 6 so we can do just that. Seven of the prayers include a special kid-sized prayer that I hope you will use regularly to encourage you and your children to put on your armor. My hope it that these prayers are prayers you can come back to again and again as a spiritual practice of asking God to dress you in his spiritual armor, so that you can remain safe until the day of salvation. I hope these prayers bless you. I can't think of anything more frightening to Satan than an army of women armed and clad in God's armor!
Prayers for Children and Mama:
1.Father, we know that Satan hates you and wants us to hate you too. He tries to get us to turn against you by getting us to sin. But God, you love us and have given us the armor of God so that we can stand against the devil and fight and defeat sin in our life. Please help us to take up this armor and wear it every day.
2.Jesus, we put on the belt of truth, which is like our tool belt. In it, we hold the truth that Jesus died for our sins. It tells us we can call on your name and ask to be forgiven. Please help us to know we are loved and forgiven.
3.Jesus, we put on our breastplate of righteousness, which protects our hearts from doing wrong. If we try on our own, we will do what is wrong. But if we rely on you to help us, you can give us the ability to do what is right.
4.Jesus, we put on our shoes of readiness so that we can bring your gospel of peace to those who do not know you. Would you please give us a love for those who don't know God and help us tell them about you?
5.Jesus, we hold up our shield of faith to cover our doubts and struggles. The more faith we have in you, Lord, the less likely we will be hurt when Satan attacks us. Please help us to always remember that you are faithful.
6. Jesus, we put on the helmet of salvation so that we will not doubt that we are yours. Please help us to believe that you have saved us and you are changing us to look more like you, and that one day you will be taking us to live with you forever.
7. Jesus, we lift up our sword, which is the word of God. You gave us this sword, not as a piece of armor to put on and wear, but as a weapon for us to keep sharp and ready to use each day. God, would you please help us to hide your word in our heart and memorize your scripture so that we can be expert swordsman?
1. The Armor of God:
"God has made provision for us so that we can stand and not fall. And that provision is armor. God is able to keep us from falling, Jude says, and the way he keeps us from falling is by fitting us for successful spiritual combat. So if your aim is to persevere in the Christian life and not be defeated by the wiles of the devil, then you must put on the armor described in these verses. This is how God means to keep us safe unto the day of salvation." - John Piper
God, you have given us armor to enable us to stand against the attacks of Satan and the sin fighting for our hearts. Help me to take up this armor so that I do not fall. When one day I enter into your presence, I long to hear the words, "welcome home my good and faithful servant." So please help me to persevere by taking up truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God as my covering and armor each day.
2.Be Strong :
Ephesians 6:10: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of this might."
Isaiah 40:29: "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."
God, I want to be strong, but not in my own strength. I am tired and burdened from doing it on my own. Strength is possible in and through you. God, would you reveal my weaknesses so that I can rely on you to increase your power where I am weak. I want to recognize my need of you but my self-reliance gets in the way. Please forgive me and help me to be strong in the strength of your might.
3. The Battle Against Sin and Satan:
Ephesians 6:12: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
God, your word tells us that there is a war waging in this world for our hearts and souls. Satan wants to steal, kill, and destroy our hope, faith, and belief in you. He wants to destroy our joy and make us ineffective so that we will not lead others to you, the fount of living water. Help me to see the spiritual battle that is going on around me. Help me to intentionally put on your armor each day so that I will be able to stand firm in your strength.
4. Stand Firm:
Ephesians 6:13: "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 4:14 "So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes."
Lord, I ask that you would help me to stand firm. Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, so it is not always the things that seem obviously evil that can cause me to slip. Often it's the things that appear harmless, or even good, that can cause me to stumble. Help me to see through the disguise. Give me discernment and wisdom. It can be easy to be lulled to sleep and forget that I am in a war for my soul and the souls around me. Jesus, please help me stay in the battle and hold the line. Help me remember who and what I'm fighting for so that I will stand firm.
5.The Belt of Truth: Ephesians 6:14a Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth,
John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
Lord, we live in a world that denies there is an ultimate truth. Or we claim to personally hold the truth. It is easy to believe there is not a central, timeless truth that comes from something greater than ourselves. Your word tells us that there is a truth. You are the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through the son. I pray that the belt of truth, the gospel, would hold my armor together. The truth that holds our armor together is the reality that God our creator loved us so much that he gave his only son as a ransom for our sinful souls. I pray I would put the belt of truth on today and that this great truth would hold my whole faith together.
6.The Breastplate of Righteousness:
Ephesians 6:14b and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Php 3:9: "Not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith."
Father, I thank you that through Jesus' righteousness I can put on my breastplate. God, I am not righteous enough. I have tried to do what is right and have failed over and over again. I need your righteousness, your perfection, your holiness to be my breastplate. The breastplate covers my most vital organ, my heart. I need your righteousness to protect me. I need it to help me choose what is good and right. For without it, I will drift toward that which is wrong. So, Jesus, give me your righteousness.
7.The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace:
Eph 6:15: "Your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace."
Ephesians 2:13: "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. 14) For he is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility . . . 16) and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. 17) And he came and preached peace to you who were far off [Gentiles!] and peace to those who were near [Jews!]; 18) for through him we have access in one Spirit to the Father."
Rom 10:15 "As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!'"
Lord, you have told us to ready our feet with the gospel of peace. Our shoes are meant to take us to those who do not have your peace. We are called to go and tell them of the peace with you and with man that's provided for us through Jesus' death and resurrection. God, I confess that I am often afraid, lazy, or apathetic when it comes to sharing my faith. Would you change me into a person who is always ready to give the gospel to those who need it? Thank you that when I do put on the shoes of the of the gospel of peace, my own heart is ignited for you. I preach the gospel to myself, and by it, draw closer to you.
8. The Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16 "In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one."
Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen."
Lord, you tell us to take up our shield of faith in all circumstances. A shield is used to fend off blows from the enemy. Blows meant to harm us can come in all sorts of circumstances. Our faith is what was given to us when we first believed. It is the confidence and assurance we have in the crucified and risen Christ. Jesus, when I step up in my faith, trusting you with the unknowns, I am actually fending off darts from the evil one. So help me to step out in faith so that I can fight off these attacks. Help us to make steps of faith in all sorts of circumstances.
9. The Helmet Of Salvation
Ephesians 6:17a "And take the helmet of salvation"
1 Th 5:8 : "But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love; and as a helmet, the hope of salvation."
Romans 5:10: “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life”
Jesus, you are my salvation. You are my deliverer from sin and its consequence. If my head is uncovered in battle there is no hope of survival. I need your saving grace to be my head covering. In salvation we are justified, sanctified, and glorified. But Satan wants to discourage us and cause us to doubt our salvation. God, you have not promised a trouble-free life but you have promised to be there in the trouble. I pray that you will help me to put on my helmet, believing that once saved, always saved. Help me to fight off the deception of Satan that would keep me from seeing your gracious work and hand in my life. Help me to wear my helmet, protecting my mind with the truth that I have been saved until you finish my salvation and bring me to glory.
10. The Sword of Spirit:
Ephesians 6:17b "The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God"
Heb 4:12-13: "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."
Jesus, I take up my sword, the very word of God, not as a defense, but as an offense. I can actually use the word of God, hidden in my heart and memorized in my mind, as a way to speak truth and life over myself and others. It's a way to proclaim the gospel to those who are lost and a way to bring joy and hope in all circumstances. God, help me to be a devourer of your word through study, reading, meditating, and memorizing.
11. Prayer, the Battle Plan:
Ephesians 6:18 "praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints."
God, my armor is on but I need your help to know how to fight this spiritual battle. Jesus, you are the leader of this battle and you've give me prayer as a way of talking to you directly. So I beg you to make me a person of prayer. Not just someone who prays when I need something, but rather as a person who is constantly checking in with my commander. I want to be in constant communion and connection with you. Make me a prayer warrior.
12. Declare It Boldly:
Ephesians 6:19 "and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak."
Jesus, you have given me this armor and given me a line of communication with you through prayer, so all that is left is to declare your beautiful gospel to everyone I meet. I pray that the spiritual battle will become so real to me that it sends me to my knees, then out into the world to proclaim each piece of the armor I wear every day. Help me to proclaim your truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God with great boldness. Let me wear your armor with honor. Amen.
Thank you all for joining us in putting on God's amazing armor. Oh how I hope these prayers will be used again and again for the perseverance of the saints. Thank you so much to Thrive Moms for asking me to write these prayers in conjunction with their Warrior Retreat. It was my honor! I adore what is happening in this ministry. If you are a mama and are not already plugged in with Thrive Moms, you need to be. They have so many awesome resources to help you not just survive Motherhood, but thrive! Also, a special thank you to Mackenzie / @pintsizedmama, the prayer ministry leader for thrive Moms. She is a gem! As always, thanks to my little #12Prayers team, @kpeterson my amazing graphic designer and @applebomber01 my fearless editor. Last but not least, thank you to @theandersoncrew, @krystalmdonovan, @danielleburkleo, and @lovesarahschneider the pretty mamas who shared their beautiful photos with us for these prayers.
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