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A Prayer for Putting on the Whole Armor of God

October 8, 2015

 

I must admit, some days I feel “dry” and don’t quite know where to begin praying.  We have a Tuesday night ladies prayer conference call and you are invited to call in.   Our pastor’s wife is the moderator and she has been encouraging us to pray the word of God.  We were assigned specific scriptures to meditate on throughout the week to pray.  One of the scriptures was Ephesians 6:10-18.

After meditating on the scriptures, I felt led to write a prayer starter/declaration if you will about putting on the whole armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18. I tried to incorporate other scriptures as well. This is pretty long but I want to encourage you to read/pray/declare this in those moments that you are feeling dry and I am almost certain that hearing the words of scripture will stir something within you.  It may not be a bad idea to print it out.  Be blessed!

PRAYER FOR THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Dear God thank you for showing me that you are not calling me to be strong in my own power but to be strong in your mighty power.  Help me to recognize that my strength fails and my power is limited but you are all-powerful.  Teach me Lord to stand in your power that is MIGHTY!  Father I see how you used those that stood in your power in mighty ways. You used the apostle Paul to preach your gospel with great conviction, rebuke the hypocrites and to heal the sick.  He did so without reservation or fear of losing his life.  You used the prophet Elijah to call down fire from heaven and stand against the prophets of baal.  You gave them the power to stand and to obey.

Help me Lord to put on all of your armor so that I will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil.  Help me to not forget that the enemy is after me. He came to kill steal and destroy. He has laid traps for me but I thank you God that your armor is devil proof.  I thank you that I don’t have to be afraid of the tricks of the devil. I thank you that no weapon that is formed against me by the enemy will prosper because I have on the whole armor of God.  No weapon formed against my mind, my body, my children, my marriage, my purpose NO NOT ONE WILL PROSPER!

Father help me to recognize who the real enemy is.  Help me to be mindful that I am in a war but not with a natural enemy.  Help me not to get distracted by becoming upset with people and miss the spirit that is operating behind them. Help me to remember that I am not wrestling against flesh and blood but against the evil rulers of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in high places, in the heavenly realm.

 

Lord you tell me to use every piece of your armor so that I can resist the enemy in the time of battle and when the battle is over I will still be standing firm. Help me to declare that because of your shed blood and your victory over death I have already won every battle! EVERY SINGLE ONE!  Help me not to be fearful. God let a spirit of boldness overwhelm me knowing that even after the battle I will still be standing, not wobbling but standing firm!

Make me a bona fide warrior one that puts on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness.  My righteousness is as filthy rags but I thank you God that I can now take on the righteousness of God.  You have clothed me with righteousness.  I thank you God that for shoes I will put on the peace that comes from the good news, the good news that I will not be ashamed of.  The good news that is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone that believes.

I thank you God that I have faith as my shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at me by Satan.  God I won’t buckle under pressure. I will not doubt you.  I will not walk by sight.  I will stand in faith knowing that without it I cannot please you.  Knowing that whatever is not of faith is sin!  You were pleased with Abraham because of his faith, and God I am a spiritual descendant of Abraham so I take on the shield of faith!

I will put on salvation as my helmet. The salvation that gives me the mind of Christ. I thank you that I have the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.  The living and powerful word of God, the word that cuts straight to the heart of the matter.  The word that is powerful and active and sharper than any two edged sword.  Thank you that I will imitate Jesus and use the word to combat the devil when I am in a season of being in the wilderness. I will not yield to the voice of the enemy when I am most vulnerable, depleted, hurt and when the pain is overwhelming.  I will use the sword of your word to fight. When the enemy comes to whisper that I am worthless and that I am without purpose I will use the sword of your word to rebuke the devil declaring that you knew me before I was even formed and that you have great plans for me, plans to give me a future and a great end.  I will not wallow in self-pity when everything seems to be working against me.  I will declare that all things are working together for my good because I love you and I will press toward the purpose you have for me.  When the devil tries to make me feel condemned for past mistakes, I will fight with the word declaring that I am not condemned.  I am forgiven.  I am new.  When he attempts to attack my body with sickness, I will declare with boldness that by your stripes I am healed!

IN JESUS’ NAME I PRAY AMEN!

 

 

Use Your Prayer Power

September 4, 2015

James 5 reminds us that the prayers of a righteous person are powerful!  Getting caught up in life and our struggles can make us forget this.  Please listen to the below clip and be encouraged! Have you been tapping into your prayer power?  After watching, please leave a comment and let me know.

 

How Do I teach My Child to Pray?

September 1, 2015

 

 My pastor mentioned this Sunday that the devil always comes with His “A” game.  While the devil is on the attack, prayer is a powerful weapon against the enemy.  I want my children to be spiritually successful so I try to emphasize the importance of prayer.  Below are some tips to teach your child to pray.

    • Encourage your child to begin prayer with thanksgiving and adoration for Jesus.  When my children are younger I tell them what to say to start their prayers. My two year old prays the same prayer everyday but it is a starting point.  I start off saying, “I love” and she blurts out JESUS! With time we add on.  One of the first things they learn is that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and that is something to be thankful for.  I have them repeat the following after me, “Thank you God for sending your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins.”  This is foundational.  We then thank God for meeting our needs.  I may have them repeat the following,   “Thank you God for waking me up this morning,” “Thank you for giving me a house.”  “Thank you God that I have clothing and food to eat.”  These prayers of thanksgiving makes them mindful that God is a provider and He is worthy of our praise. As they get older and more comfortable with praying, I take the training wheels off if you will and allow them to pray from their hearts.  They offer up their own thanksgiving.  I must confess that they sometimes can become lengthy in their thanksgiving but praise God for teaching me patience.  I sometimes have to offer up a soft “amen” when they are praying, which is an indicator to them to wrap it up and give the next sibling a chance to pray.  Don’t worry I am not a mean mommy that is hindering the spirit of God.  They are more than welcome to continue to give thanks to God on their own.  I certainly don’t want their worship to go cold.  

 

    • Teach your children about the need for repentance, initially and throughout their walk with Christ.  I love how my Pastor’s wife offers up such a simplistic explanation for repentance, which is saying sorry to God and really meaning it.  Children also need to learn that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s standards and that there is a need to repent (Romans 3:23).  Teach them to say sorry to God in prayer and let them know that it is important to admit their sins to God and ask Him for cleansing (1 John 1:9).  I have had to ask my children for forgiveness.  I have also had to repent in prayer in front of them on more than once occasion for being too snappy.  This is such a humbling thing to do but I want them to understand that we are all in need of God’s forgiveness.
    • Encourage them to tell God their needs.  I have been guilty of trying to be God to my children.  Allow me to explain.  Yes I have been given the task of training them, but God did not ask me to solve every one of their problems or pretend to know the answer to everything.  I am limited in what I can provide, what I know and even my ability to love. The Lord is teaching me not to become anxious about meeting my child’s every need and want, because truth is I cannot.  My job is to do teach my children to bring their requests to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6).  Humbly admit to your child that you can’t do everything and be everyone but God can.  This kind of response puts God in His rightful place in your child’s mind and heart.  Help them to connect the dots when God answers a prayer that they prayed. This then becomes their personal testimony which helps to foster a relationship with God, which is the end goal.  I want my children to understand that I can’t always be there but God is ever present. Prayer teaches them to tap into His presence!  Again this helps them to understand that I am not their savior, God is!
    • Encourage your child to pray for others beyond her immediate family such as church family, teachers, and government officials (I Timothy 2:1-It is so easy for us to become “self-centered” in prayer.  I want my children to cultivate a heart of intercession.  They sometimes come home with interesting stories about their classmates.  I encourage them to pray and not just think about how horrible a situation is.  I also make it a practice to pray for their teachers and other adults in their school building and they catch on and begin to pray for them as well.  Teach them to pray for the persecuted church.  Voice of the Martyrs have great resources for children.

 

How about you?  What have you done to help your child learn how to pray?  Leave a comment below and let me know.

 

 

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