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Pray on the Armor

“Put on” the armor of God with this prayer based on Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 6:10–18.

Equip me, Lord:

With the belt of truth (v. 14). May Your truth rule in my heart and be in my mind and on my lips today.

With the breastplate of righteousness (v. 14). Apart from You there is no righteousness, but through Jesus I have been “born again” and made righteous in Your sight. May I live as a righteous person.

With feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace (v. 15). May I reflect the gospel in my words and actions, that through me, with my every encounter, others may be drawn one step closer to You.

With the shield of faith (v. 16). May I take You at Your word concerning promises about the present and future—promises of everlasting love, abundant life, and so much more.

With the helmet of salvation (v. 17). Remind me that nothing can separate me from Your love and that I’ve been saved by grace. In Your grace, help me to say “no” to all ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live a self-controlled, upright, and godly life (Titus 2:12,13).

And with the sword of the Spirit, the word of God (v. 17). May Your Holy Spirit reign in my life and bring to my mind Bible verses to be in my heart and on my lips. May I be filled with the Spirit and ready with Scripture as You were, Jesus, when the devil tempted You.

Finally, keep me in an attitude of prayer (v. 18). Remind me to “pray at all times in the Spirit.” Cause me to be alert and always praying for the saints; to be joyful and to give thanks in everything (see 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).