Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor 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, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Father, we are in a war! I don’t know how more plainly Paul could make that point. The enemy is scheming against us. Evil is afoot. Flaming arrows are being shot at us. We are in danger of losing ground if we don’t stand firm. Being alert is paramount.
But you don’t want us to fight human beings. In fact, we might actually be in chains as we do our fighting. We might be in the weakest of situations personally or politically. Nevertheless, there is an armor to don and a battle to fight and it is all on the spiritual level.
And so our armor is spiritual. Truth, to keep us from succumbing to the lies of the Devil and his demons. Righteousness, positionally and personally, to keep us from despairing. The gospel message that brings peace to those who embrace it. Faith, to ward off the evil one’s attacks. Salvation, to keep us secure in the midst of battle. The Word of God, to slice through the deceptions of our foe. And prayer, to give us a lifeline to God who gives us boldness for the preaching of the gospel.
Keep me alert, Lord!