Thursday, March 15, 2007

Putting on Armor

Finally, Be strong in the Lord and the in the strength of His Might.
Lord, I feel so weak, I so desperately need your strength. May you be glorified in my weakness-the days where I am not patient or kind.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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.
Lord, I need your guidance and protection. My enemies overwhelm me--pride, selfishness, busyness, frustration, instant gratification. May I have courage to fight this spiritual war.
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.
Lord, I will clothe myself in your grace and love that I be able to stand for you even when the world seeks to move me. May I persevere until the end.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth,
May no gossip or false words cross my lips. May honesty and sincerity gird my efforts.
and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
May the righteousness of Christ strengthen my heart.
and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the
gospel of peace.
May I abound in the knowledge of the gospel which inspires obedience, even during struggles.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
When Satan attacks and tempts me, I seek shelter behind the shield of your grace and place my hope in the sacrifice and redemption through my Savior Jesus Christ.
and take the helmet of salvation,
I will not believe the lies of the enemy for we are more than conquerors through Christ
who is victorious over sin.
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
I strive for diligence in hiding your word in my heart, the word is a weapon that can slay the lies and deceptions of the enemy through skillful knowledge and use.
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, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
May I pray boldly in the Spirit for personal strength, but also for fellow believers.

--from Ephesians 6:10-20 and my heart


Lauren S. said...

What a beautiful post, and a nice reminder for me to be sure that I have on the full armor today. Thanks!

Susanne said...

My goodness, this was powerful Kelly! And picture was great to go with it. Gives you a real visual.

Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing your heart. I needed this today!

Cyndi said...

Oh, I thought I needed a cup of coffee this afternoon, but really I needed to read *this*! Thank you for posting your heart's response to these powerful, powerful words. Amen.

Kim said...

Wow! That was really good and powerful...what great prayers to go right along with scripture.


Susie said...

Praying this right beside you. Amen!

Darlene said...

That prayer is so powerful Kelly. I'm sure that God is warmed by your willingness to fight for Him.

Chris said...

Praying God's word. This was powerful! I prayed it right along with you.

Jenny in Ca said...

Just beautiful Kelly, thanks for sharing your heart. I really do feel that prayer that goes straight to the Father's heart is prayer that prays back his Word to Him. In His words we find His will.

Deidre said...

Praying God's word....powerful! Thank you for this today, Kelly. I need it after my long week. This is so great.

Elise said...

It's funny...I just got done with my post for the cafe this week, and I included this very scripture! I think it must be important, yes? Thank you for sharing your *heart*.