“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11
The problems we encounter in life are relentless sometimes. The Bible reminds us in 1 Peter 5:8 to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” I have had another round of upsetting problems that has been leading me to gird those loins and pray for the full armor of God on myself and my family.
It has been a tough week for my daughter and I. My daughter went back to school. She is young but is already dealing with a “frenemy”. This child makes her feel bad one day and then the next day, they are buds. The first week, my daughter was struggling with her and cried everyday the first week of school. One day after school, my daughter three times try to engage with this frenemy and another friend. She was told to leave or was flat-out ignored. I was angry. I really wanted to let loose on this child and her mother, but knew it would be ugly. A few days later, my daughter catches a cold, then passes it to me. Then our dog got badly hurt and I thought I would need to put him down. In dealing with the vet, I ended up missing the parent meeting for the sport my daughter was to start this Fall. And lastly, I recommended a general contractor I used for my home for a project at work and it did not go well for the contractor or for my boss. I felt caught in the middle because both sides were seething mad at each other. So as we dealt with high emotions and sickly bodies, I wanted to crawl in a hole and wait out the battle.
The enemy looks to kill, steal and destroy our lives every day, especially if we know the Lord. These things that happened to me aren’t as bad as what many encounter, but I felt like I was getting kicked in the stomach. Before all of these things were happening, I was praying for the full armor of God to be on myself and my family everyday. At first, I felt like my prayers weren’t being answered. However, even though my dog looked like he was on death’s door, I felt like he would make it. I also knew, that my daughter was learning about life and difficult people. I want to protect her, but if I handle everything for her, she can’t fend for herself without me. But she can look to God and know that His hands are on every situation and He will never leave her lonely or abandoned. We can rest in His might, not our own.
Lesson Learner: Be vigilant always and pray the full armor of God and a hedge of protection daily!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I wholeheartedly pray Ephesians 6:10-18 over myself and my family. I pray that WE be, finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. I place the full armor of God, so that WE can take OUR stand against the devil’s schemes. For OUR struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, WE may be able to stand OUR ground, and after WE have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around OUR waists, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with OUR feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, WE take up the shield of faith, with which WE can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And WE will pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!