"Put on the whole armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil." - Ephesians 6:11
Ephesians 6 gives us all the components of a Prayer Warrior with the different pieces of armor God commands us to use while in spiritual warfare. Becoming a Prayer Warrior is more than just throwing on one of our awesome t-shirts. His words declare that we must put on the "armor of God" to face the battles happening in our lives today and stand FIRM against anything the devil throws at us. The 6 pieces of armor and the action of prayer can help us become Prayer warriors:
1. The Belt of Truth
When thinking of armor a belt is not the first that comes to mind, however it is essential to the armor of God's Prayer Warriors. Romans would usually use belts to hold essential weapons and tools to aid them in battle. Of course belts would need to be secured tightly to ensure that their weapon are safe and the body parts that it protects. Just as the Romans used this piece of armor to hold essentials and protect them, it is so important that we cling on to the truth of God's word and protect ourselves from the lies of the devil.
2. The Breastplate of Righteousness
The breastplate of a Roman warrior covers the heart and other important vital organs. Like the breastplate, righteousness protects our lives and hearts by living according to God's will. We do this by doing what is right in His name. The choices we make and the actions we take dictates who our lives are dedicated to and where our purpose in life lies. Just like all the others, this one is important because without this piece any attack from evil can creep in and create severe damage to our hearts and lives.
3. Feet Fitted With the Gospel of Peace
Our feet takes us to our destination but our footwear will vary depending on the environment we walk through. The gospel of peace is the "footwear" to our feet. In every circumstance we must be ready to share the gospel and give reassurance or peace to those who need it. Wearing the gospel of peace will help us walk into spiritual warfare as prayer warriors.
4. Shield of Faith
The scripture says that the shield of faith will protect us from the fiery arrows of evil. A shield is used by warriors to block attacks from the enemy and can be used as a weapon to knock their opponents down. Faith is understood as the belief in something or someone. God gives us the shield of faith to block us from evil and to knock it down with our belief in Him.
5. Helmet of Salvation
A helmet is used to keep the head safe and secure from attacks during battle. Salvation through Jesus Christ is knowing that we were saved from sin through Jesus. Sin may fill our minds if we are not careful. Using the helmet of salvation will help us keep sinful thoughts out of our heads and keep Christ in our mind.
6. The Sword of the Spirit
A sword is used as a weapon to attack others in battle and can also give protection when used. In Proverbs 12:18 it says, "The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Our tongues are the sword that God speaks of and the words we speak help us use it as a weapon against evil. God's word paired with the Holy Spirit can cause a fatal attack to the enemy when we speak life and truth against it.
7. Action of Prayer
None of the pieces of God's armor is useful without the action of prayer. Prayer is a declaration to all that your reliance is fully on God through the situation. Prayer is a designated time we call on Him to aid us through whatever it is we are going through.
Becoming a Prayer Warrior requires consistency and more importantly the faith that God has control over the situation. Use the armor of God to help you face the battles you have in your life and the outcome will not be what we expect but of what God had plan.