The Full Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10-20 (The Message)
A Fight to the Finish
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Last night we had an amazing prayer meeting… several hundred individuals from our church came out in force against the enemy. To show our resolve and our unity as a Body of Christ. I am encouraged by what I saw last night and although this is still VERY hard, I feel the healing process has begun.
Ways to Pray:
- Our staff (Esphesians 6:10-20)
- The familes involved (Lamentations 3:17-26, 30-31, 40-41)
- Healing for our church (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Acts 1:8)
- Marriages (Espesians 5:22-33)
- The future direction of our church (Hebrews 12)