About two or three years ago, the girls + I added the “Armor of God” Verses (Ephesians 6:10-18) to our nightly prayer time. It began as a simple addition to our routine, but it has evolved into so much more. We have discussed every line and how they apply to us in daily life.
I don’t say this to impress you, but to impress upon you that the routines you cultivate can help or harm you and those you love. During our nightly prayer time we pray for specific people by name and specific circumstances. We pray that God’s will be done, and ask to be reminded that His ways are greater than anything we can see. We also talk openly about when we wrestle with our faith and trust in God.
When I think about the armor of God and the idea of “battle”, I have to admit that there have been many times that I have tried to make God’s many battles my own. But the truth is that our battle isn’t with any “him or her or them”. It isn’t with people who have wronged us, or who might wrong us or who talk about how we’ve been wronged. You don’t need to fix or explain anything. God knows the truth. The battle isn’t ours. It is God’s.
Our battle is to not let the (sometimes enormous) situations or distractions of this world distract us from our one true task - trusting God to unfold the plans for our lives in His perfect timing, living an honest, integrity- and grace-filled life despite our imperfections and flaws. Loving each moment of our messy seasons and all those flaws that God designed so perfectly in each of us, because He designed it that way. Is it easy? No way. I’ve lived it, I’m living it and every day I ask God for his grace and reminders to keep on.
That’s the true battle, my friends. Living in Grace, rising with Grace and letting God’s words be the words we embody, rather than the words of the world that are often the reflection of another’s hurt, rather than God’s healing. Put on your armor and pray for others. Be a light in their darkness. Have compassion for what you cannot understand. The enemy’s targets aren’t those who open their Bibles once a week on Sunday, but rather those who live in the Word daily. You. Me. Our kids.
Be the warrior you were made to be. The world needs you.❤️