INTRO TO SECTIONS // WARFARE PRAYERS
Prayer is not the only communion with God; it is also a confrontation with the enemy. When Jesus was on the earth, He came face-to-face with the devil when He was tempted in the wilderness (see Matthew 4 and Luke 4), and every time the enemy tried to tempt Him, Jesus responded with a reference from the Bible. He used the Sword of Truth to defend Himself from the enemy’s attacks. In these exchanges, Jesus didn’t confront the devil as God. He confronted the devil as a man with the Word of God. We should do the same thing. These spiritual warfare prayers and verses are examples we can use and adapt to our specific situations when we or someone we know is under attack from the devil.
“Lord, prepare my heart for warfare. Make me aware of what I am battling against. Place me firmly in Your spirit of Truth and grant me boldness to wage war. Bind any spirit of fear within me.”
Day 12 | THE ARMOR OF GOD
Based on Ephesians 6:13-17
Knowing that we are in a spiritual battle, God provides spiritual armor and equips us to take a stand when battles come our way.
“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. “
Acknowledge that you’re in a spiritual battle. Then, claim the protection God has given you by praying through the different pieces of armor described in Ephesians 6.
“Thank you, Lord, for my salvation. I receive it in a new and fresh way from you, and I declare that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ and the place I have in your Kingdom. I wear your righteousness today against all condemnation and corruption. Cover me with your holiness and purity—defend me from all attacks against my heart. Lord, I put on the belt of truth. I choose a lifestyle of honesty and integrity. Expose the lies I have believed, and show me your truth today. I choose to live for the Gospel in every moment. Show me where you are working and lead me to it. Give me the strength to walk daily with you. I believe that you are powerful against every lie and attack of the enemy and I receive and claim your power in my life. Nothing is coming today that can overcome me because you are with me. Holy Spirit, show me the truths of the Word of God that I will need to counter the traps of the enemy. Bring those Scriptures to mind today. Finally, Holy Spirit, I agree to walk in step with you in everything as my spirit communes with you in prayer throughout the day.”
Today Pray for Pastor James Hilton and his family. Pray for protection. Pray for the Lord’s blessing and favor upon them. Pray, they too have greater influence in our community.