Special Prayers from Parishioners
PUTTING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
- submitted by Gerry Connell
Back in 2012 I wrote out a Scripture Passage and an exercise for the Fellowship that I do using Eph. 6: 10-18. I pass it along to you now in the hope that, sparked by the Holy Spirit, Our Lord uses it to reveal Himself more fully to you, especially as we protect ourselves with God’s graces during this challenging time.
Eph. 6: 10-18: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
I picture Jesus giving me each piece of armor, actually gripping “the shield” with my left hand, taking up ‘the sword’ in my right, etc.
In the evening, I often review how well I have worn the armor ... how truthful was I? How well did I bring peace to someone or an incident? Did I protect and defend someone, or did I share in humor at their expense? It’s not intended to be an conscience examination exercise, but I think it follows that line of thought.
MORNING PRAYER: PUTTING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD:
In your name, Jesus, and by Your authority, I put on Your armor, Lord.
I accept from You and put on Your belt of truth.
I acknowledge that You are The Way, The Truth and The Life, that I may be truthful in all that I do this day;
that I may recognize Your truth in all areas of my life and relationships; that I may be true to my spouse, myself and to You.
I accept from You and put on Your breastplate of righteousness.
I acknowledge that You are my righteousness. Help me to live out Your values and discard any values that are not of Your will. Grant me a softened heart to receive Your love and allow that love to change me; that everything that is right and true comes by You and through You; that I am only right in You.
I accept from You and shod my feet with Your footwear of peace,
that I may go where You want to take me today, that I may walk with and support others in their effort for peace, that I may seek out those in need of You and Your love today, that I may be swift in leaving areas of temptation and not stumble and fall.
I accept from You and put on Your helmet of salvation.
Thank You, Lord, for saving me, not just for eternity (though that would be enough), but for saving me from foolishness and sin … keeping me from destroying the relationships that are so dear.
Thank You for Your love and friendship, that my mind be protected by Your thoughts for me and others and not occupied by those of the world, I do pray for and accept Your gifts of wisdom, knowledge and discernment and the courage to act on them to bring You glory this day
I accept from You and take up Your shield of faith, that I may protect and defend myself and others from the fiery darts of Satan. Help me to recognize hate, fear, despair, discouragement and loss of hope and use Your shield wisely.
I accept from You and take up Your sword of Your Spirit – Your holy word, the Scriptures, that I may cut through the jungle of lies and deceit, that I may see You more clearly, that I may defend myself and others against hatred and violence.
Please grant me confidence in Your protection, and may You be worshipped and glorified in all Your works You do through me and all of Your people today.
Note: This exercise was submitted by Elaine Cervera and consists of the two vertical, blue boxes (not side-by-side as stated in text of larger box...)