Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:11 ESV

We are not able to stand against evil by ourselves. It is why we need the armor that Paul speaks of in this verse. He goes on to describe this armor as both defensive and offensive in nature. Truth and righteousness protect us. Evangelical feet cause us to stand against lies. Salvation protects our minds. Faith guards us as a shield and scripture as a sword.

Each aspect of this armor is actualized when we pray. Paul puts it this way: "praying at all times in the Spirit". As we pray the Spirit opens the eyes of our heart to truth. He wraps us in His righteousness. He leads our feet to walk in paths of peace. He gives us the mind of Christ. He cause us to overcome by faith. He awakens our hearts to the Word of God.

Lord, help us to arise and, through prayer, clothe ourselves with your armor. That we might stand as your child.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.


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