We are beings of both conscious and unconscious thoughts and actions. Sometimes the unconscious ones are the ones we need to protect ourselves from having. Satan looks for ways to get to us and trip us up. The unconscious and subconscious mind is one way of doing that.
As a Christian, the one thing I never thought to do was to protect myself. By protect myself, I mean the spiritual armor of God.
The Devil is out there. Him and his cadre of demon servants hide in the shadows waiting for us. They come to us in both our waking and sleeping hours. They present to us things to tempt us and steer us from the path to God.
However, God provided a way for us to protect ourselves from the Devil’s schemes. He gave us his armor. The armor can be found in Ephesians 6:10-17 (KJV):
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. And you feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
As we minister to those around us, both known and unknown, we may encounter the devil and his schemes. We need to get “suited up” before doing battle. Be sure to make this part of your day so that we can protect ourselves from the evil that wishes to do us harm.
I found this prayer online and I will re-post it here. It is something I pray every morning so that I am protected during the day. Please make this part of your daily routine. We are now and always will be part of God’s army to defeat satan. We need to put on our armor before engaging in battle.
“Dear Lord, as I get out of bed today I know I’m stepping onto a battlefield. But I also know You’ve given me everything I need to stand firm. So in the power of Your Holy Spirit, I put on the Armor of God.”
“First, I place the helmet of salvation on my head. Protect my mind and imagination. Guard my eyes, allowing no sin to creep in. Focus my thoughts on the things of God. Let the breastplate of righteousness keep my heart and emotions safe. I pray that I won’t be governed by feelings but my truth. Wrap your word around me like a belt and safeguard me from error. I put on the sandals of peace to guide my steps. Plant my feet in Your Truth. Empower me to stand firm against attack.”
Next, I take up the shield of faith. Protect me from Satan’s fiery arrows. Place me shoulder to shoulder with your army to oppose the devil’s schemes. Finally, I take up the sword of the spirit, Your Word. Help me to read the Bible in a fresh, exciting way so I will always be ready to deflect attacks and pierce hearts with Your Truth.”
“I know I’ll face assaults today, Lord, but You’ve given me everything I need to stand firm. Give me strength for the battle today.”