This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God. that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Stand firm therefore, having GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the SHIELD OF FAITH with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (Eph. 6:10-18).
The armor described in Ephesians 6 is compared to that of a Roman soldier. A common complaint of the soldiers was that the armor was very heavy. Without proper exercise and discipline, the armor became weighty and would cause a soldier to lay it aside, leaving him undisciplined for battle and unprotected from the enemy.
Your spiritual armor fulfills the same function spiritually as the physical armor fulfilled for the Roman soldier. You are called to walk with Christ
daily. You must be disciplined not only to put on the armor, but also to wield your weapons in battle against the forces of darkness. Your armor is to be a defense against the strategy of the devil to protect you from assault. The sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) is an offensive weapon to attack, overpower and plunder the spoil of the powers of darkness. Lack of exercise and discipline will leave you open to assault. Therefore, be diligent as a soldier of God’s army, always wearing your armor and ready for battle.
Keep in mind that the Roman soldier was expected to be in full-time service to his commanders. Paul makes reference to this in writing to Timothy:
No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier (2 Tim. 2:4).
This symbolizes the Christian’s loyalty to Jesus Christ, the Commander in Chief, living a life of single-minded allegiance to Him.
Romans 13:12,14 says: “Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light…put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Your spiritual armor is, in reality, the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants to be your defense by clothing you in Himself You walk in total security when you walk daily covered in Jesus. Unlike conventional armor, your spiritual armor should never be taken off!
The following are reasons you need to daily put on the armor:
• It helps you to stand against the schemes ofthe devil.
• It keeps you strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
• It enables you to resist in the evil day ofthe enemy’s attack.
• It secures your safety and repels the enemy.
• It accomplishes the Father’s will.
Excerpt from Chapter 7 (You’re in a battle) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves