I love the passage in Scripture about the Armor of God listed in Ephesians 6:14-17. I’ve heard a good many teachings on this passage, and these are usually the things discussed: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Spirit(which is the word of God).
What I don’t hear as often in these teachings is the specific way Paul presents how to use our spiritual armor. In fact, it’s outlined in the very next verse:
“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 saints.”
Following the Florida State football team the last five years, I’ve heard this phrase a lot: “the best defense is a good offense.” In the realm of the Spirit, our offensive weapon is the very word of God’s Spirit Himself, and the only way we can talk and appeal to Him is through prayer.
There is also an incredible protection we receive by being connected to God. When we choose to seek His righteous will through prayer, our minds and hearts are changed to be like Him. Our faith is built, and we receive supernatural peace. The revelation of the truth of His love gives us the assurance of salvation.
So all this to say, just pray. Don’t let anything get in between you and God. Make time and make room in your heart. When you pray, you are strong. We are going to need that strength for the days ahead.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”–Philippians 4:6-7