“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).
When I put on God’s armor daily I am reminded that I am in a battle. Awareness floods into my soul that I have awakened to danger that day. But even more there is the quiet assurance that I follow the Commander-in-Chief of the Lord’s Armies. He has provided both victory and protection for me in the midst of the day’s struggles. He has loaned me His very own armor. So with great joy, I pray, gratefully accepting and clothing myself with His armor. Alert to the battle, prepared through prayer, I move through the day’s battles, not with fear, but with confidence in my Lord’s victory.
Father, help me to be continually aware that I am in a battle. Thank You for offering me such powerful protection from the enemy through putting on Your protective armor.
–Taken from The Devil Goes to Church (Prayer as Spiritual Warfare) by David Butts
Give praise to God as the Comforter, who feels deeply for those who have been mistreated and abandoned (Isa. 49:13). Thank him for calling many believers into compassionate ministries for the sake of those who are suffering.
Confess those times when you may have withheld comfort from others who needed it. Commit yourself to receiving God’s encouragement and grace each morning and allowing that to flow through you to others. Ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his love, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend