Praying on the Armor
Stand therefore . . . praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:14, 18
When Roman soldiers went into battle, they had their choice of at least seven deities to whom they could pray. Mars was the god of war; Minerva was the goddess of wisdom; Nerio was a warrior goddess; Virtus was the god of bravery and military strength.
When Paul used the dress and armament of a typical Roman soldier as a metaphor for the Christian’s spiritual armor, he also included a reference to prayer. Prayer is obviously not a tangible piece of armor, yet Paul summed up his message on spiritual armor with a fervent exhortation to prayer. Unlike a Roman soldier, the Christian’s spiritual armor comes from God and is only empowered by God as we seek Him through prayer. A fictional Roman deity could not bless a Roman soldier’s armor, but God can bless the armor He gives us.
Tools and weapons of spiritual warfare are nothing without God’s blessing. Put on your armor today—and pray. Ask God to make you strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10).
We must not confide in the armor of God, but in the God of this armor. William Gurnall
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