People today are overwhelmingly “dress conscious.”
When we wake up, we think about what we have to do that day
and then dress accordingly. Thinking about the spiritual battles
we will undoubtedly face each day, then we should
likewise be careful to clothe ourselves appropriately
–in the full armor of God.
Put on the Armor of God:
Each morning as you get dressed, say a prayer like this:
I put on the full armor of God
that I might stand firm in power, victorious
against evil and the schemes of the devil.
Lord, I strap on the belt of truth.
Wrap your Word around me –
around the very core of my being.
Protect me from error by keeping me in your truth.
I put on the breastplate of righteousness.
Guard my heart and emotions
from assault. Let me be governed,
not by my emotions,
rather by the truth of your Word.
I step into the sandals of peace.
Use me to take your peace and your hope
into the world today, and let me stand firm
in the face of any attack by the enemy.
By anchoring me in your Word,
enable me to keep my footing.
I take up the shield of faith.
Let the attack of the world, the flesh, and devil
fall flat against this defensive gear.
I put on the helmet of salvation.
Protect my mind from attacks by the enemy,
and give me sound thinking.
Finally, I take up the sword of the Spirit,
your Holy Word. Put your truth in my heart
and mind in a fresh way, so that it is able to pierce the hearts
and minds of those I encounter.