Armed and Ready

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
–Ephesians 6:18

So often, we approach the battle line of each day unprepared. We may be armed with the Shield of Faith, the Breastplate of Righteousness, and even the Sword of the Spirit, that is the Word of God, but we have forgotten to employ the piece of armor that activates all of the others.

What is this activator?

It is the place where believers get to enter the throne room of God and commune with the Savior, Jesus. It is the place where heaven and earth intersect.

Its name is Prayer.

This seventh piece of armor in the list of weapons from Ephesians 6 is a powerful tool in the hands of a believer to help fight the daily battles of life. So many times, though, we approach our days unprepared. The armor is on, but the armor has no power because there is no connection.

But we must be prepared! Preparation is key to success. So, on any given day, we must be Ready.

The attached prayer guide is designed to help you do just that—be ready. We want to walk alongside you as you ready your heart for your day. These prayers are geared toward sharpening your heart and your mind in preparation to give testimony to your faith.1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”

Perhaps today God wants you to share your faith with someone—well then, you must be ready. Perhaps tomorrow God asks you to encourage someone who is downcast or sad—again, you must be ready. What if God wants you to bless someone by providing for their specific need—again, your heart must be ready. Maybe you are facing a fierce battle—no doubt, your armor must be on and activated through prayer.

We never know what the day will bring, but maintaining a spiritual connection with Jesus, through prayer, will keep us Ready.

Jacqueline Heider
Director of Women’s Ministry & Prayer

©2018 Warren Baptist Church

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