“Prayer warrior.” It’s commonly used. We apply it to our parents, or the sweet elderly ladies in our church.
But how often do we
apply it to ourselves?
Communicating with our Father is a big deal. Often, we take it for granted. I pray that this series encourages a deeper look into all that prayer can be.
The capabilities of prayer are by no means confined to the articles that follow. How we talk to God can hardly be quantified. I hope this series is encouraging, though. More than anything, I want you to see how big your prayers have the potential to be, and how much of the battle God wants to help with.
(Spoiler alert: All of it. He wants to help with all of it.)
Lets start with the basics.
A warrior cannot go into battle without protection. It’s veritable suicide. In fact, our King commands us to properly equip ourselves so we may face the evil to come.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. | Ephesians 6:14-18
That’s a lot in one passage. Unpacking it, we see two kinds of equipment:
Passive, which in the video gaming world (hello fellow gamers!) is qualified as something that is constant and “on” all the time. It isn’t something we have to think about using. It’s a part of our basic make-up.
“Fasten/Put On” (passive):
- Belt of Truth: God has shown us the truth—His love, His saving grace, our adoption. Fasten these truths around yourself, around your life. Gain confidence and peace in the knowing of who you serve and what He has done for you.
- Breastplate of Righteousness: Human hearts are fragile things. Heartbreak is no joke. But putting the righteousness that God grants around our heart as protection supplies us with confidence to face battles head-on. In Him, our hearts are safe. Trust that.
- Shoes of Readiness: “…and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace…” I debated what to call these shoes. There is not one specific name, and they have many attributes: readiness, the gospel, peace…they’re complex shoes. But to put it simply, we should always be ready to move toward opportunities to share the truth with whoever may need the peace of the gospel in their lives. Even if its ourselves.
Second, we see active. These are tools which are purposefully employed. Each has “levels” of learnable skill, and—thanks to God—those levels are infinite.
“Take Up” (active):
- Shield of Faith: “…with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one…” There is so much beauty to this. Through our faith, the flaming darts of the evil one can be extinguished. That’s not confined to some or most either. All of them…in God, all of them can be extinguished.
- Helmet of Salvation: Human minds are susceptible to suggestion. Protecting it with the knowledge of salvation is tantamount to putting on a helmet. More than that, the security of our salvation is a tool we can use when our enemy calls us to doubt.
- Sword of the Spirit: “…which is the word of God, praying at all times in the spirit, with all prayer and supplication…” Through the Holy Spirit, our reading of the Word becomes alive. Through Christ, our prayers are heard by God. The entire Trinity is involved with this sword. It is an offensive weapon of victory.
Looking at the armor God calls us to put on is daunting. It’s a lot, and it’s heavy. I think that’s the point, though. Going into battle is no small thing. Our enemy is no joke. We are supposed to take it seriously.