Since the beginning of time, humanity has been inundated by the attacks of the Enemy. After his expulsion from the heavens, Satan started his conquest of humankind. The Devil tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which led to their obedience to God’s command. The spiritual battle between good and evil had begun.
The sins of our first parents brought about the Fall of Mankind that produced pain, disease, brokenness, and death. Today, the Devil lurks in our homes, workplaces, and on street corners to lure us into his kingdom of darkness.
Satan’s main weapon and strategy is deception. Left to ourselves, we are helpless in opposing the cunning attacks of Satan and his vile cohorts. But with God on our side, all the Lord’s people can defeat the Enemy by wearing the armor of God prayer.
- 1 What Is The Armor Of God?
- 1.1 The Enemy Is Real
- 1.2 Spiritual Warfare/Casting Out Evil Spirits
- 1.3 Components Of The Armor Of God
- 2 What Are The Prayers For The Full Armor Of God Prayer?
- 2.1 Prayer For The Belt Of Truth
- 2.2 Prayer For The Breastplate Of Righteousness
- 2.3 Prayer For Feet Fitted With The Readiness That Comes From The Gospel Of Peace
- 2.4 Prayer For The Shield Of Faith
- 2.5 Prayer For The Helmet Of Salvation
- 2.6 Prayer For The Sword Of The Spirit, The Word Of God
- 2.7 Prayer For A Habit Of Prayer
- 3 Bible Verses On How To Put The Armor Of God
- 4 Conclusion
What Is The Armor Of God?
The Enemy Is Real
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.—2 Corinthians 11:14-15
In the Bible, Satan is called the Father of All Lies. He is the master deceiver “who roams around looking for someone to devour.” The devil is so cunning that he can often lead us to believe that we are not under sin when we disobey and dishonor God.
Stephen King noted: The devil’s voice is sweet to hear. Satan whispers it’s okay to: “Cheat on your taxes,” “Indulge in adultery,” “Get drunk and high,” or “Terminate an unborn child.” Many say: Everybody does it!
Real Christians wrestle when confronted by the Enemy. But thank God, He provided us the ways and tools to counter and shield us from ungodly attacks. Jesus prayed to the Father, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it (John 17:15-16).”
But God loves us and promised eternal life to those who follow Him. In the meantime, the reality of spiritual warfare is now more profound as the days as getting evil. To counter the wiles of Satan and his cohorts, we can put on the armor of God and its mighty power to protect ourselves from the intrusion of evil into our lives.
Spiritual Warfare/Casting Out Evil Spirits
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.—Ephesians 6:12
Paul wrote that we are powerless and cannot rely on our own strength over evil. But when trials and temptations confront us, we should not run away from the Devil. Instead, we have to shun fear, call upon our living God, wear the spiritual armor of God, and gather the courage to drive out evil spirits. The casting out of demons is a biblical way of warding off unholy spirits in our spiritual battles.
It is only by the name of Jesus Christ that we can drive the Devil away. In Capernaum, Jesus commanded an impure spirit from a demon-possessed man: “Come out of him!” (Mark 1:25 [b]). We claim authority over Satan and all unholy spirits. Spiritual warfare means active confrontation and engagement with the Enemy.
Components Of The Armor Of God
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.—Ephesians 6:11-12
Going to battle with the Unseen Enemy requires preparation, training, and equipment. A soldier spends years learning the art of warfare to prepare for war—how to use a rifle and engage in hand-to-hand combat.
A combatant is also equipped with the tools of war—rifle, ammunition, clothing, gear, and helmet. Patience, discipline, training, and logistics are the cornerstones that make a good soldier stand strong. The same principles of good soldiering are comparable to spiritual warfare by wearing the spiritual armor of God.
The Belt Of Truth (v. 14 [a])
A Roman soldier’s belt bears his personal mark and identity. As the source of truth, the Word of God ties the armor of the warrior. In any encounter with the Devil, we assert and affirm the truth that God is supreme and that the Devil is a liar.
The Breastplate Of Righteousness (v.14 [b])
For a Roman soldier, the breastplate was a primary defense against harm. It protected all of his vital organs, including the heart, liver, and other important body parts.
Feet Fitted With Readiness That Comes From the Gospel of Peace (v.15)
The main message of the Gospel is peace. Despite all adversities, the peace of God always prevails. Peace produces calm and mental tranquility which keeps us from getting beaten up by the attacks of the devil.
The Shield Of Faith (v.16 [b])
A higher level of faith makes us more impregnable to the attacks of the enemy. Having doubts about God and His preeminent authority over evil makes us more vulnerable to Satan. We gather and grow our faith through prayer, bible reading, and worship.
The Helmet Of Salvation (v.17 [a])
Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The assurance of salvation is our invincible defense against all the assaults the enemy throws at us. Declaring that victory has already been won makes evil spirits surrender and flee.
The Sword Of The Spirit (v.17 [b])
The sword is used for both offense and defense. The light of God always overcomes the darkness of evil. God’s Word expels the enemy or protects us from evil attacks. The Bible is an offensive weapon that identifies the wiles and schemes of the devil.
Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit for empowerment in our petitions and prayers. Pray for specific circumstances or other people used by the Devil to attack us. Pray for the full armor of God. It makes the Enemy succumb to and depart from us.
What Are The Prayers For The Full Armor Of God Prayer?
As Christians, we can call upon God to help us repel the attacks of the Enemy. As outlined in Ephesians 6:10-18, include these prayers to put on the armor of God:
Prayer For The Belt Of Truth
Lord, let me dwell on the exactness of your Word as we put on the belt of truth, buckled in our waist, to protect us against the deception and lies of Satan and his cohorts.
Prayer For The Breastplate Of Righteousness
In Jesus mighty name, we put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect our hearts and minds from pride, and the trials we face. Teach me to become a holy and righteous person.
Prayer For Feet Fitted With The Readiness That Comes From The Gospel Of Peace
Lord, we put on the gospel of peace on our feet, so we’re ready to take your message of love wherever you send us. We declare that war is not the ultimate solution and way of mankind.
Prayer For The Shield Of Faith
Lord, we take up your shield of faith that will repel all the flaming arrows and threats thrown at us by the enemy. Teach us to stand firm and increase our faith by prayer and meditating on Your Word.
Prayer For The Helmet Of Salvation
Lord, we put on the helmet of salvation, which protects our minds from the insecurities of life and the depressive influence of Satan. Remind us that through your grace, we are saved and that we should not harbor any fear in this life.
Prayer For The Sword Of The Spirit, The Word Of God
Lord, we take up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, which is the source of truth. Teach us to meditate on Your word so that we can gain a heart of wisdom and the power to tear down all the works and strongholds of the enemy.
Prayer For A Habit Of Prayer
Lord, teach me to pray on all occasions. Grant me the spirit and the habit to pray in whatever circumstance, whether in gloom or in good situations. Give me the habit of prayer and please equip me with God’s armor always.
Bible Verses On How To Put The Armor Of God
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.—Romans 8:26
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.—Galatians 5:16
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.—Matthew 26:41
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.—James 4:7
The mind is a constant battleground between God and Satan. Trials and temptations will remain in our midst as long as we live in our mortal bodies. Satan, the Prince of this World, will continue to lure, trap, and lead us into his kingdom of darkness.
Freedom from spiritual conflicts is not a power encounter but a truth encounter. Satan is a deceiver and he will work undercover at all costs. However, God’s Word and the Holy Spirit give us wisdom on how to deal with difficult situations. The truth rule in the Scriptures.
Thank God we stand firm and have the armor of God. As believers, heaven is our final destiny, where sin and obscurity no longer exist.