As I come to write today make me bold and fearless. Give me words to make you known in the world. Protect me with the armor you promised in Ephesians as I pray the words from scripture.
Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Give me your strength which is so much more powerful than my own strength. And your words which are so much more powerful than my own.
Put on the whole armor of God
Give me your whole armor to protect me as I write today. As I make myself vulnerable to others by sharing my heart and mind, take down my walls and let your armor be my protection.
. . . having fastened on the belt of truth . . .
Help me to stand firm with your belt of truth buckled around my waist. Truth protects me and gives my life and writing integrity. Help me to focus on your truth, not the world’s lies.
. . . having put on the breastplate of righteousness . . .
Protect my heart with your breastplate of righteousness. As I strive to put my thoughts and ideas on paper I can doubt myself and feel unworthy. But with your righteousness in place over my heart, I have the authority to write.
. . . as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace . . .
Make me ready with the firm foundation of the gospel of peace on my feet, ready to go places in my mind or places outside my comfort zone.
. . . take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
Lord, negative thoughts assail me like flaming arrows. “What ifs” fly at me. Critics wound me. Give me you shield of faith to stop them before they pierce me. Faith makes me strong and gives me courage to stand firm in my convictions.
. . . take the helmet of salvation . . .
Protect me from my own thoughts. Let me meditate on things that are worthy and good. Transform my mind and give me the words that you would have me write today.
. . . and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Teach me to take up your sword, Lord, which is Your Word. Your stories encourage me. Your wisdom guides me and gives me discernment. Your promises strengthen me. Your love empowers me.
Thank you for the great honor of writing for you. Thank you for your armor and protection for me.
Ephesians 6:10-11, 14-20
Praying from scripture has been a powerful tool in our lives. Our latest series of books takes passages of scripture and guides parents and other adults a child’s life to pray God’s promises for them. Our latest is Be Strong in the Lord: Praying for the Armor of God for Your Children, September 2016.
Betsy and Laurie