Pray – Your word is truth and truth sets me free to function without restriction in the boundaries of your love and truth. I am set free from doubt and insecurity; you said it, it is so.
Repent- I repent for the times I allow the thought that I am inadequate to color the requests you make of me. I am a daughter of the King; made in His image; given His righteousness and able to accomplish what He gives me to do. I repent also for allowing feelings and emotions to determine my actions rather than following what I know from your Word.
Ask – May my action be determined by your Word; your promises are true.
Yes – Thank you for forgiveness and for the truth that enables me to move forward encouraging others by your Word.
Now help us take on the day beginning and ending with prayer:
Putting on Armor daily follows a series of steps:
- Rise with prayer and song.
- Put on the uniform; belt or girdle of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace and helmet of salvation.
- Pick up the shield of faith and the sword of God’s Word.
- Pray, repent, ask, and say Yes! Thank you.
The belt of truth – we are strengthened by truth and use the truth found in God’s Word to stand strong. The belt surrounds the inner core of our being; that area that enables us to stand upright. It gives us the strength to endure any force that may come against us.
The breastplate of righteousness – a gift from God through Christ. He gives us His righteousness and we rest secure that our most vulnerable places are protected. The belt supports the breastplate and we do not have to carry the weight of it in our own strength for that would be our righteousness, weak and incapable. Our heart is protected by God and His righteousness; right living leaves no room for accusations of wrong living, something that can become a source of guilt leading to depression and from there to death.
The shoes of peace – are a gift from God; His peace allows us to stand firm when needed and dig in when necessary to advance. The turmoil and doubt that abound in the circumstances do not cause anxiety in the inner parts of our being and have little to no effect on our actions in the situation. This sets the believer apart from the norm. The shoes of peace keep the believer stable; not blown about by external conditions.
The helmet of salvation – begins with belief and faith that what God says is so. Salvation includes blessings, status and identity – a transformed being drawing from the spiritual blessings available upon request. It protects the mind from external attacks for it is founded and rooted in the love of Christ. Salvation continues active in our daily walk.
The shield of faith – indicates action. Pick it up and advance, protected from the fire-studded arrows of accusation and doubt.
The sword of the Spirit is truth; God’s Word, a dagger sharper than any two-edged sword. It defends and leads an attack against evil perpetrated by deception.
The final piece is prayer – activation of the rest of the armor. It is communication with the Commander and more powerful than realized when praying God’s Word. Note the defense and routing of the enemy used by Jesus.
“If you continue in my Word; then you are truly disciples of Mine.”
Pray – Jesus, you say, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete…” “You shall know the truth and it shall set you free.” John later repeats, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” Implant in me your truth as I search your Word.
Repent – Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I desire to walk continually in your truth.
Ask – Do not withhold Your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me.
Yes! – Father, this moment I am choosing the way of truth. I want to set my heart on your laws. Help me to choose the way of truth the rest of my days.
Reference: 3 John 1:4, Psalm 119:30; 26:2-3; 40:11; Ephesians, John 15:11, John 8:32
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