Based on Ephesians 6: 10-18
Ephesians 3: 17 TPT
Romans 8: 26 NRSV
Happy May, my friends! This month I want to share a prayer of affirmation that came to me as I read scripture in search of strength. It is a reminder of who I am and who WE ALL ARE, in light of God’s love and protection. If you are feeling weak or need a boost, I invite you to speak it over yourself in faith. It has served me well and I pray it will serve you! Start with quieting yourself and taking a couple of deep breaths…
The life of Christ’s love is deep inside me…
The resting place of His love is the very source and root of my life.
My union with Christ Jesus infuses me with strength.
As Christ covers me, I am protected against the evil strategies of the accuser.
In Christ, I am destined to stand firm and victorious.
Christ swaddles me in the belt of truth.
I am the beloved.
I am rooted and grounded in Love.
The hand of Christ rests on my heart. His breastplate of Holiness and Righteousness protects and guards all the issues of my life.
Christ kneels before me and lovingly ties the laces of my sandals. I stand on my feet, ready to share the blessings of peace.
The arms of Christ are a wrap-around shield of faith that deflects the blazing arrows of the enemy.
The blessing hand of Christ rests on my head like a helmet, protecting my thoughts from lies.
The spoken Word of Christ is in my hand as a sword of the Spirit…
I speak the truth with love and courage.
When I don’t know how to pray, the Spirit intercedes on my behalf in sighs too deep for words.
I pray passionately and unceasingly for all of God’s believers… For all of creation.
May Christ’s mercy and transformation be ours.
When I see God’s power at work, I often speak an inner, “WOOF!” In my way of being, that bark from deep within seals my inner strength as a Word from the Hound of Heaven. So… in light-hearted confidence, stop and join me…
11 Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser! 12 Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. 13 Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.
14 Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. 15 Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.
16 In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the evil one! 17-18 Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken word of God.
Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times. Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers.
The New Revised Standard Version
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.