Let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
Lord, I gird up the loins of my mind, and will be sober, and rest my hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to me at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I stand therefore, having girded my waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness. I have the shield of faith with which I will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And I take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word, Lord God.
You will swallow up death forever, and You will wipe away tears from my face; the rebuke of Your people You will take away from all the earth; for You, Lord God, have spoken. And I will say in that day: “Behold, this is my God; I have waited for Him, and He will save me. This is the Lord; I will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The battle rages. Thank You for providing the armor, the strength, and the faith I need!
1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 Peter 1:13; Ephesians 6:14, 16–17; Isaiah 25:8–9; Hebrews 11:1
Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades?
Can you loose the cords of Orion?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons
Or guide the Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth? (Job 38:31–33)
I know that You can do all things
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2)
Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.
I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not his own;
It is not in a man who walks to direct his steps.
O Lord, correct me, but with justice—
Not in Your anger, lest You reduce me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:23–24)
Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
May I receive the words of wisdom
And treasure her commands within me,
Turning my ear to wisdom
And applying my heart to understanding.
If I cry for discernment
And lift up my voice for understanding,
If I seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures,
Then I will understand the fear of the Lord
And find the knowledge of God.
Then I will understand righteousness and justice and honesty—
Every good path.
For wisdom will enter my heart,
And knowledge will be pleasant to my soul.
Discretion will protect me,
and understanding will guard me. (Proverbs 2:1–5, 9–11)
Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.
Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me;
O Lord, be my helper.
You turned my mourning into dancing;
You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
That my heart may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever. (Psalm 30:10–12)
Relationships with Others
Greater love and compassion for others
Those who do not know Christ
Those in need
My activities for this day
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, I will pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers into His harvest. (Matthew 9:37–38; Luke 10:2)
You are my hiding place and my shield;
I have put my hope in Your word. (Psalm 119:114)
Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. (Proverbs 30:5)
The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19)
Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they sing of the ways of the Lord,
For the glory of the Lord is great.
Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He looks upon the lowly,
But the proud He knows from afar. (Psalm 138:4–6)
Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.
My days are like a lengthened shadow,
And I wither away like grass.
But You, O Lord, will endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
Of old, You laid the foundations of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish, but You will endure;
They will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing, You will change them, and they will be discarded.
But You are the same,
And Your years will have no end. (Psalm 102:11–12, 25–27)