How to Pray on the Armor of God
INTRODUCTION: As Christians, we're engaged in a spiritual warfare against a powerful enemy. The battlefield is everyday life, and the conflict is intense. But as a child of God you have spiritual armor within your reach that is described in Ephesians 6:10-17 where we again read,
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
In essence the Apostle Paul is saying, “As a Christian, you're going to face a powerful, invisible enemy every day – that old serpent, the devil. You must be strong and take your stand against him. Put on every piece of your battle dress and be prepared to fight him and his demonic hosts."
Paul then describes seven pieces of equipment every Christian should wear if we're to win this spiritual battle:
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
In review here again are the six pieces of that armor.
FIRST piece of ARMOR mentioned is the COMBAT HARNESS, "gird about the loins with truth." For the Christian, this combat harness is TRUTH. That means Christians must implement truth in their lives.
Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the … truth."
John 1:14 says that Jesus was “full of grace and truth.”
Jesus said in John 17:17 that “God's Word was truth.”
Jesus told His disciples in John 8:31-32, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
We need to know the truth about God, the truth about the power of the Cross, and the truth of the Scriptures; and we must not be afraid or ashamed to speak the truth, even when it isn't "politically correct" to do so.
In addition to knowing the Word of God is truth, I believe this also has to do with me being TRUTHFUL.
Here is a point of interest – I believe you'll find that no one was ever immoral that was not first dishonest. Our honesty and purity are closely related.
SECOND piece of ARMOR mentioned is the BULLET-PROOF VEST, "…having on the breast plate of righteousness." This piece of armor covers the chest area.
A MAIMING wound to the arm or the leg would take a man out of battle, but the wound would heal up and he could fight again another day. But a MORTAL wound to the head or the chest would take his life and put him out of the battle forever.
Nothing so demoralizes and discourages a warrior as being involved in a spiritual battle, knowing there is a problem of character and integrity in his own life.
When we find little ways of lying, cheating, and shading the truth, we give Satan a foothold.
The little sins we tolerate represent dangerous "holes" in our bulletproof vests. You can be sure that sooner or later, Satan will aim right at that spot.
When Paul said that the well-dressed Christian soldier must wear the "breastplate of righteousness," he meant that the righteousness of Christ should be like our "second skin."
THIRD piece of ARMOR mentioned is the TACTICAL DUTY BOOTS, “your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace." These are our soul-winning shoes. If you are not a soul winner, then you are a BAREFOOTED SOLIDER.
SOUL-WINING is an essential part of the spiritual armor that we must be doing to have a VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE.
If the DEVIL can get our spiritual shoes off, he knows you will shortly be a defeated Christian on the spiritual side-line.
Over the years in my ministries, I've hit some rough stretches of road and in some cases SOUL-WINNING has allowed me to KEEP ON GOING.
For encouragement, there is nothing like being able to share the gospel with someone and see them come to a faith in Jesus Christ.
FOURTH piece of ARMOR mentioned is the SHIELD, “the shield of faith. In I John 5:4; we read, "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Here is a simple yet profound definition of faith; "FAITH IS WHEN THE WORD OF GOD IS ENOUGH." God's Word is enough to act upon.
FIFTH piece of ARMOR mentioned is the HELMET, “the helmet of salvation.” This helmet has to do with protecting my head with RIGHT THINKING. That is to allow the principles of God's Word to govern my thought life.
In this day of evil philosophy, and situation ethics in both religious and worldly minds, there are a lot of Christians who have been knocked out of the spiritual battle.
They have a saved soul, but a lost mind. They think like the world thinks, they make decisions on the same basis that the world decides, and it is to their destruction.
My friend, our own personal battles are won or lost in our minds, and the battle for our culture will be won or lost in the realm of ideas. We read in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5,
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…”
SIXTH piece of ARMOR mentioned is the ASSAULT RIFLE, "the sword of the spirit." This is our offensive weapon that represents the Word of God.
In Matthew 4, when Jesus was confronted by the tempter, He confronted Satan with three simple words: "It is written…” And then He quoted passages from Deuteronomy. Isn't it interesting that the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, used the Scripture to defeat Satan? Satan can't do much with people who keep assaulting him with Scripture.
Now it is it important for us every day to put on every piece of this armor with PRAYER. Prayer is the energy that enables the warrior to wear the armor and wield the sword. Paul ends his discussion of the body armor of the Christian by saying in verse 18,
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…” Prayer is a battle, and God wants to bring us to the front line of the battlefield.
Prayer isn't just for little kids; prayer is for everyone.
Prayer should be the tool used by all those who are strong in the Lord, the prayer warriors, so to speak.
Prayer should be every Christian's activity.
God is establishing a kingdom not in a political realm; rather, the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom in the hearts of mankind. Because of this Satan uses subtle tactics to try to prevent God's kingdom from being established here on earth.
There is no doubt whatever the devil opposes, our approach to God is prayer. His chief way of hindering us is to try to fill our minds with the thought of our needs, not with thoughts of God, our loving Father, to Whom we pray.
Satan knows that if God's people ever picked up the weapon of prayer and stepped onto the battlefield, he would be done!
How does Satan hinder prayer? He does so by tempting us to postpone or curtail it, by bringing in wandering thoughts and all sorts of distractions; through unbelief and hopelessness. There are seven ways a warrior’s prayer can be strengthened:
1. There is the PERSISTENCE of the WARRIOR'S prayer: “Praying always.” These words remind us of I Thessalonians 5:17, which says: “Pray without ceasing.” That doesn't mean we should constantly walk around muttering prayers all day.
In this warfare we must be in constant prayer ready at any moment in time to open the line of communication with our Commander in Chief in Heaven.
Remember, God’s telephone number found in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
2. There is the POSSIBILITES of the WARRIOR'S prayer: “Praying always with all prayer.” The word prayer simply means to “ASK.”
In Ephesians 3:20; we read, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…”
According to this verse, we can pray on any occasion, in any location, in any situation, and for any supplication.
We can offer all kinds of prayers – praises, petitions, confessions, prayers of anguish and prayers of exaltation, long prayers and short prayers, individual prayers and group prayers.
We can pray aloud and silently.
We can pray on our knees, sitting in a chair or as you are driving or as you are standing in line.
We can write our prayers and sing our prayers.
We can make prayer an exciting adventure rather than a boring routine.
3. There is the PETITION of the WARRIOR'S prayer: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication.” The word "supplication" means asking God for what you need.
In James 4:2; we are warned that, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” That's why we keep prayer lists, and that's why we share our prayer requests with others.
Asking is the rule of the kingdom, for God has the resources to meet our needs.
Someone said, "Prayer is the key which unlocks the door of God's treasure-house. It is not too much to say that all real growth in the spiritual life, all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all repose of spirit during times of great disappointment or loss, all habitual communion with God depend on the practice of secret prayer."
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:5-6, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (6) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
4. There is the POWER of the WARRIOR'S prayer: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
Praying in the Spirit means we pour over the Word of God to discover what the Holy Spirit wants for our lives. As we read the Bible, we discern the will of God, and the Holy Spirit interprets it in our hearts. Then we pray that back to God.
This is what Daniel did in Daniel 9:1-3 as he read the prophecies of Jeremiah and realized that God wanted to bring His people back to the land of Israel after their seventy years of captivity.
Having realized that from his Bible study, Daniel began to pray earnestly toward that end.
One day a school quartet from a Bible college went to a rural church and began setting up for the meeting that night. The downtrodden pastor of the church said, "I don't know why you're going to all this trouble. Nobody's been saved in this church for five years."
The leaders of the group gathered the students and offered this prayer: "Lord, I know You will do great things in this church tonight. You say in Isaiah 55:11 that Your Word “… shall not return unto You void, but shall accomplish what pleases You ….” Lord, we thank You that tonight Your Word will accomplish Your purpose. People will be saved and come into Your kingdom this very night. Thank you, Lord, for Your promise and the power of Your Holy Spirit." That night, many people came to Christ.
5. There is the PRECISION of the WARRIORS prayer: “…and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” The word "watchful" actually means to stay awake. It was used by the military to warn sentries of their duty.
Remember what Jesus said to the disciples in Matthew 26:41, "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
Spend time in prayer before you retire each evening or before dawn in preparing for the battles of the day.
The warrior must be vigilant in his prayer life. We must permit nothing to disrupt it.
The warrior guards his time, plans his schedule, watches for everything that feeds the prayer life, and guards against anything that will distract from praying.
6. There is the PERSEVERANCE of the WARRIOR'S prayer: “…watching thereunto with all perseverance.” Sometimes we don't win the spiritual victory because we give up too soon.
I have often told you of a lady in my boy-hood church who pleaded in prayer for her husband to be saved for years and every Wednesday evening even asked the church to pray for his salvation. One day I received a call from my mother while at college telling me this man had been lead to Christ by one of the missionaries from our church. Suppose this wife had stopped praying after a few years?
Let me challenge you. "Never stop praying no matter how dark and hopeless your case may seem."
7. There is the PURPOSE of the WARRIOR'S prayer: “…and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…” We don't have to fight this battle alone. We can hold up one another's arms.
The purpose of our praying is to pray for others, and Paul gave us a hint of how we should pray when he continued in verse 19: “and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known … the Gospel.”
In Romans 15:30 the Apostle Paul uttered this request, “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me…” The words “strive together” means to enter into the battle with me praying together for this request.
We must pray in particulars, not just for physical comforts, but for spiritual power to accomplish His work. Throughout Scripture, there are illustrations of the power of prayer in the midst of battle.
Moses prayed on the mountain, and God gave Joshua victory over the Amalekites.
Joshua prayed, and the walls of Jericho fell.
Gideon prayed, and his 300 soldiers routed the Midianites.
As we study the Old Testament, we see that when Israel fought in her own strength, she was defeated; when she cast herself on the Lord and trusted in the strength of prayer, she was victorious.
Prayer gives us the power to say, "God, let's bring kingdom righteousness to America once again.”
Prayer gives us the power to say, “God why not step into the Supreme Court of the United States and make a statement about re-introducing the Bible and Prayer into the public School, or reversing Roe V. Wade on abortion.”
Prayer gives us the power to say, “God you can bring the US Congress and Senate and even America to their knees.” He did that on 9-11-2001 and again through the destructive weather we have recently experienced. But America has not yet listened.
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.
We must be properly dressed for battle, and we must put on the armor with prayer. Don't go to war in your own human strength, in the armor of the flesh, but do it on your knees. Every day claim the victory over Satan by prayerfully putting on the whole armor of God piece by piece.
If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon, "How to Pray on the Armor of God,” right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in
Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”
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