Learn what is the armor of God – protection. A prayer for protection and article on the armor of God. The armor of God provides protection from the strategies and deceitful methods of Satan.
Protection – the Armor of God
We are exhorted twice in the book of Ephesians in the Bible to avail ourselves of the armor of God. “Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground” (Ephesians 6:11-14 GNB).
Resist means to stand against, as in `antihistamine’. Some drugs are used to minimize the effect of histamine in certain allergic conditions e.g. hay fever, bee stings and drug allergies. We `put off’ and resist destructive forces cast against us, by equipping ourselves with God’s armor. So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you.
The armor Paul is talking about here in Ephesians 6:14-18 is, in reality, the Lord Jesus Christ and, by placing the armor on, we are expressing our dependence upon Him for His care and protection.
Truth as a belt
Jesus, you are my truth: if we are to defend ourselves effectively against the enemy, then truth and honesty is our first defense against Satan.
Righteousness as your breastplate
Jesus, you are my righteousness: the breastplate of righteousness covers our heart – the heart being the center of our emotions. It protects us against negative emotions.
Peace as shoes in preparation
Jesus, you are my peace: the shoes are to help us stand firm on the truth of the gospel of peace – and their purpose is to prevent us from slipping and sliding in the battle and be ready to share the good news.
Faith as a shield
Jesus, you are my faith: by taking the shield of faith, we are protected against doubt and unbelief.
Salvation as a helmet
Jesus, you are my salvation: just as the breastplate of righteousness protects us from emotional distress, so the helmet of salvation protects us from mental distress. The mind is the focal point of satanic attack, where the powers of darkness seek to bring us into confusion, depression and doubt. They also attempt to bend our wills in order that we might compromise and disobey God.
The Word of God as the Sword
Jesus, you are my living Word: nothing defeats more thoroughly and effectively than the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Revelation 12:11).
Having put the armor on – stand firm. Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then…”
Equipping ourselves with God’s armor is not a mechanical operation; it is, in itself, an expression of our dependence upon God. This prayer will help you depend on Jesus and in so doing protect you from the devil’s attacks. This is how you put on the armor of God.
Prayer for Protection
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.” Ephesians 6:11
Thank you, Jesus, that your truth frees me from sin and its consequences. Help me to recognize the deceptions and lies of the evil one so I can replace them with your truth.
Thank you, Jesus, that others will see your good and holy nature through all I do and say today. Fill me with your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Thank you, Jesus, for directing my steps as I depend on your power today. Help me to stand firm and share with others how they can know your peace.
Thank you, Jesus, for promising to care for me when I trust you. Replace my fears and doubts with your faith as I ask you to help me with the challenges I face today (be specific).
Thank you, Jesus, that your salvation is blessing me with your goodness in every area of my life – healing, providing, protecting and delivering me from sin.
Thank you, Jesus, for your Word. It is written in the Bible that you triumphed over all the powers of darkness when you died on the cross, and through your blood, I will overcome today.
Ephesians 6:10-18, John 8:32, Galatians 5:22, Acts 1:8, Mark 11:22-23, Acts 4:12, Revelation 12:11, Colossians 2:15
A prayer for protection from Derek Prince