Weekly Prayer Focus (22)

By Rebecca Clopp

‭‭MONDAY

BELT

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬ ‭NASB 

‭‭TRUTH 

Satan fights with lies, and sometimes his lies sound like truth; but only believers in Jesus Christ have God’s truth, which can defeat Satan’s lies. God has provided supernatural power to defeat Satan by giving us His Holy Spirit within us and and His armor surrounding us. 

Remember the words of Jesus to Peter, “Upon this rock I will build this church, and the gates of Hades will not over power it.“

Matthew 16:18

(Life Application Study Bible.)

Before you go put on the full armor of God ! 

‭TUESDAY 

BREASTPLATE 

“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭NASB

‭‭RIGHTEOUSNESS 

Satan often attacks our hearts—-the seat of our emotions, self-worth, and trust. God’s righteousness is the breastplate that protects our hearts and ensures his approval. He approves of us because He loves us and sent His Son to die for us. (Life Application Study Bible).

Open your heart to Jesus as you pray. 

‬‬‭‭WEDNESDAY

FOOTGEAR

“and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭15‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Readiness to spread the Good News

Satan wants us to think that telling the Good News to others is a hopeless task. He convinces us that we are not ready or capable to share what Jesus has done for us. The footgear God gives us is the motivation to proclaim the true peace that is available by having a relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. Everyone needs to hear the Good News. ( Life Application Study Bible.)

Pray for yourself and pray for others. 

‭‭THURSDAY 

SHIELD 

“in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ ‭NASB 

‭‭FAITH 

Lie’s, insults, heartbreak, and temptations are all part of Satan’s schemes. But the shield of faith protects us from Satan’s flaming arrows. With God’s perspective, we can know that ultimate victory is ours. (Life Application Study Bible.)

Start your day with God and receive His perspective. 

FRIDAY

HELMET 

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭17‬ ‭NASB

‭‭SALVATION 

Satan wants to make us doubt God, Jesus and our Salvation. The helmet protects our minds from doubting God’s saving work for us. 

Our hole body needs to be armed. Fight in the strength of the church, whose power comes from the Holy Spirit. (Life Application Study Bible.)

Time in His Word 

Time in Prayer 

‭‭SATURDAY 

SWORD 

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭17‬-‭18‬ ‭NASB

The Spirit, the Word of God

The sword is the only weapon of offense in this list of armor. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted, we need to trust in the truth of God’s word. (Life Application Study Bible.)

“and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬-‭20‬ ‭NASB

‭SUNDAY 

Onward Christian Soldiers 

1 Onward, Christian soldiers, 

marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus

going on before!

Christ, the royal Master,

leads against the foe;

Forward into battle,

see his banner go!

Refrain:

Onward, Christian soldiers,

marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus

going on before!

2 At the sign of triumph

Satan’s host doth flee;

On, then, Christian soldiers,

on to victory!

Hell’s foundations quiver

at the shout of praise;

Brothers, lift your voices,

loud your anthems raise! [Refrain]

3 Like a mighty army

moves the church of God;

Brothers, we are treading

where the saints have trod;

We are not divided;

all one body we,

One in hope and doctrine,

one in charity. [Refrain]

4 Onward, then, ye people,

join our happy throng,

Blend with ours your voices

in the triumph song;

Glory, laud, and honor,

unto Christ the King;

This thro’ countless ages

men and angels sing. [Refrain]

Sabine Baring-Gould

Arthur S. Sullivan 

1865

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭10‬-‭20‬ ‭NASB

‭‭“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭23‬-‭24‬ ‭NASB

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