“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies…” (Eph. 6:10-11); “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 13:14)
Lord Jesus, we easily forget our greatest enemies in life aren’t people, but principalities and powers. Though you crushed the devil’s head on the cross, he awaits his eradication at your return. Hasten the Day.
Knowing his time is short (Rev. 12:12), the devil, overtly and covertly, seeks to harm everything you treasure and cherish. Help us recognize his snarly schemes (2 Cor. 2:11), and prowling ways (1 Pet. 5:8). As we surrender to you and resist our defeated foe, he will actually flee from us (James 4:7).
Indeed, you are our greatest peace and protection—not juggling and adjusting 17 pieces of armor. As surely as we get dressed each day, so we must “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” You don’t just give us armor, you are our armor—our “righteousness, holiness, and redemption.”
The best way to do spiritual warfare isn’t by fighting the devil; but by preaching the Gospel to ourselves and abiding in your love. In you, we have all the riches of grace. By you, we have wisdom, joy, and hope. For you, we long and are being kept. With you, we enter this day—dependent, expectant, and ever-so-grateful. Unto you, we will live and love. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and tender name.