Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:11–18
Key Verse: Ephesians 6:11
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
It’s late in the evening. You sit down to enjoy God’s Word and pray. But soon after you bow your head, your mind wanders. An evil thought creeps in and won’t go away. Where did that come from? you wonder. You try once more to put your focus on the Lord. As the minutes go by, however, you feel sleepier and sleepier. Before you know it, you’re waking up the next morning.
This scenario is a familiar one, and for good reason. Satan is pleased when your attention is diverted, and you feel like a failure in your prayer life. He knows God can use you most effectively when you pray, and harming your prayer life is the fastest way to short-circuit your ability to serve Him.
That’s why God has given you special prayer protection. The spiritual armor that guards your faith is also designed to keep you firm and strong as you talk to God. The breastplate of righteousness will keep your mind pure; the shield of faith will help you put out “the flaming missiles of the evil one” (Eph. 6:16 nasb).
Ask God to fit you with His armor when you pray. Trust the Lord to guard your time with Him. If you fail, don’t be depressed. God still waits for you. The victory in the battle of prayer is yours.
Almighty God, I claim Your prayer protection—the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the girdle of truth. Victory in the battle of prayer is mine!