Perhaps the state of the church can be best described by two men. One is called Disciple, and the other is called Enemy. Disciple is a foot soldier in the army of the Lord. He has everything he needs to defend himself and defeat Enemy. He has defensive equipment that cannot be penetrated.
His equipment includes the belt of truth. The belt of truth has three places where the remainder of the gear can be fastened to it. First, he can fasten to it the truth about Jesus, who is the exact representation of the nature of God. Second, he can fasten to it the truth about life. Psalm 119:160 says, “Thy word is truth.” Third, he can fasten to it the truth about himself. “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). He is well-equipped with the belt of truth.
Disciple also has the breastplate of righteousness. He knows that his righteousness is nothing more than a bunch of dirty rags. Therefore, he has clothed himself with the strong and mighty righteousness of the Lord that is found in Jesus Christ. The vital areas of his life are protected by the righteousness of Jesus.
He has placed on his feet sandals called “peace.” The sandals of peace are the result of his faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). They enable Disciple to be decisive and move quickly when Enemy attacks.
In addition to this, he has the shield of faith. His shield was invented, designed, created, and completed by the Lord Jesus, who is “the author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
Finally, he has the helmet of salvation. The helmet offers total protection. It protects him in the past from the penalty of sin. It protects him in the present from the power of sin. And it will protect him in the future from the presence of sin.
The summation of all this armor is Jesus. Prayer is a time where Disciple clothes himself with Jesus. He must allow Jesus to fill and engulf every area of his life. He does not have to be defeated by Enemy; Jesus has given him everything that he needs for a life of victory.
Victorious Savior, thank You for the victory that is mine through Jesus! The armor You have provided for me enables me to have protection, faith, and Your righteousness! I am able to stand firm, to fend off the attacks of the enemy and to be equipped with truth for my life! How gracious You are, Lord, to give me everything I need to live and walk in victory.
Praise God, the one who is your “light” and your “salvation” (Ps. 27:1). Thank him for shining his saving light in your darkness. Confess times when you’ve preferred to live in the darkness of sinful actions and habits rather than in the light of Jesus. Commit yourself anew to living in his light. Ask God to surround you every day this week with his light and salvation.
Pray for Christian ministries which bring healing light into some of our society’s darkest corners. Pray for those who work with the homeless, with substance abusers, with the poor, with persons in mental institutions, and others. Ask that the love of Jesus will soothe every hurting heart.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.