Put on the Whole Armor (Ephesians 6: 11). Before each specific assignment Navy SEALs are given, they throughly assess their equipment. Each item they have with them is chosen for a specific reason-to protect themselves, fight the enemy, win the battle, survive, and return safely. Every aspect of their equipment is of the best quality and must be on perfect working order or condition. Because all of this has to be carried with them on their body, they assemble their camouflage uniform with precision and great thought. They know they can’t go into battle safely or effectively if they are missing something important or carrying extra baggage. Everything they take with them is designed to facilitate and anticipate their every need. By the time they are on a mission they are more than ready.
As prayer warriors we must do the same. God doesn’t want us carrying anything that is unnecessary because it will weigh us down and hinder what He has callled us to do. And we must not go to battle without the things we need in order to win. Our battle is spiritual, and what we accomplish in the spirit realm is as important as what the highly trained, prepared, and equipped soldier does in the physical. We must know our weapons and be highly skilled in using them. But first we must put on the armor God has given us in order to stand strong against the enemy.
The apostle Paul said, “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6: 10-11). He didn’t say, “if you are smart you might take up the whole armor.” Or, “If you feel like it and have the time, take up the armor.” Or, “Try to take up the armor at least once or Twice a year.” God’s word says, “Take up the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6: 13). This is not suggested; it ia commanded
The Bible would not have told us to take up the whole armor of God in order to withstand evil if evil could have been withstood without doing that.
To “stand again” literally means to stand in front of and in opposition to the forces and plans of evil. It means to be the one standing after the battle. It also means stand in preparation for the next battle. Standing against the wiles of the devil certainly doesn’t mean do nothing. If we are to do nothing until He comes, why do we need to wrestle against the enemy? “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness on the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6: 12). Why does Jesus give us spiritual weapons to withstand evil forces if He doesn’t want us to use them?
The reason wemust put on the whole armor of God is to withstand evil. We don’t war against people, but against a spiritual hierarchy of invisible power.
The forces of evil are invisible powers with a structure and specific levels of authority. We are not only to use our armor to protect and defend ourselves from them-as important as that is but also to go on the offensive against them as well. When we do that, we close doors to the enemy and open doors to the will of God to be done on earth. We advance God’s kingdom.
Every soldier knows exactly when the time is right to put on hiss protective battle gear. Prayer warriors need to put on the armor of God every day because the war is always going on. New battles continually need to be fought so that evil will be driven back, the kingdom of God advanced, and the will of God be done. Our spiritual armor not only protects us from the enemy, it also gives us what we need in order to push against him.
In order to put on the armor of God, we must first identify what the armor ia. Paul talked about how to identify and battle the forces of evil using the Roman soldier as his model. They were by far the most powerful army of that time, and he relates the pieces of armor they had with what God has given us in the spirit realm. The following is what he said :
- Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth
- Having put on the breastplate of righteousness
- And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
- Above all, taking the shield of Faith with which you Will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
- And take the helmet of salvation
- And the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God;
- 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).
This is not hard, so don’t give me that look says, “This is sounding like too much work.” You can do this! We can all do this because we stand strong in God’s power and strength, not our own. That takes the pressure off of us trying to do it ourselves. We just have show up and pray.
Some people thinks because Jesus accomplished everything on the cross, we don’t have to do anything at all. But if that’s true, why did Jesus teach us to pray, “Deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6: 13)? Why did Paul say to, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonias 5: 17)? Yes, the victory over evil was accomplished on the cross, but the enemy is still here. He ia a defeted enemy, but he still waging the war. We don’t want him winning any battle on our watch, especially as long as we can be part of the force God has Valles to stop him. We must have the whole armor of God protecting us at all times so we can stand successfully against the enemy’s plan for not only our life, but also the lives of others.
When you get up every day, put on your protective armor. Don’t leave your day to chance. Take possesion of it and surrender it to the Lord. Don’t let it get out of control and give the enemy am invitation to have input. You need this armor to stop any onslaught of the enemy’s destructive arrows into your life and the lives of those you care about-both now, and in the future.