Call to Prayer for January 16, 2017

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Call to Prayer for January 16, 2017

Preparing for a New Year – Activating the Armor’ – (thoughts shared by Jackie Hardy, President of Georgia WMU/WEM) – I recently began a study based on Ephesians 6:10-18 where Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus about being prepared for the battle. I have heard these verses for most of my life, having grown up in a small Baptist church. I have also looked at them deeper through the curriculum of a small group study like Sunday School. However, I think I missed out on a key component of the armor.

 

It was brought to my attention that the six elements of the armor are activated through prayer. So it is prayer that girds my loins with truth, and harnesses the breastplate of righteousness, and slips on my feet the gospel of peace. It’s also prayer that will support my shield of faith, cover my head with the helmet of salvation and be the tool for victory with my sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

 

We’ve all heard the saying that each of us is either currently in the midst of a struggle, just having come out of a struggle, or about to head into a struggle. I want to encourage those of you in the midst of the struggle to persevere. Keep going! The battle is the Lord’s. Remember that the enemy is not the struggle you’re in…the enemy is Satan and he has no power over you that you don’t give him. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world! The activation of your armor is crucial to getting through this battle! Pray now, pray long, pray hard!

 

Perhaps you’ve just come through a battle. You are probably exhausted. Don’t take off the armor! Satan will attack when we are weakest, knowing that if we rely on our strength alone, he can convince us we are defeated. Don’t give him that kind of power over you.

 

And for those of you headed into battle….gird up. Activate your armor. Surround yourself with other warriors prepared for battle. “For the battle is not yours, but God’s,” (2 Chronicles 20:15). The best part is that we have read the end of the story. We already know He is victorious!

 

As you pray for yourself, in whatever stage of warfare you are, remember to pray for our missions personnel. Pray that their armor will not only be activated but will endure. Many of them face battles unlike anything we can imagine…not necessarily battles that are seen but struggles of loneliness, discouragement, and disappointment. Let’s lift them to the Commander! He knows, He sees, and He will fight for us! (Nehemiah 4:20)

(During January, we are sharing thoughts from several guest writers as we prepare for the New Year of 2017)

Mary Laughman, Georgia WMU&WEM Prayer Coordinator

 

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3 Comments

  1. We have been in a series of sermons using these scriptures. God has a way of getting my attention as He repeats things for me. Our sermon yesterday was the last in the series and this is the very message we received.

  2. Thank you so much. Just what I needed today!! Wow!

  3. Your second paragraph was most important and often I have overlooked the aspect of “bathing myself with prayer” as I go forth to battle. Thanks for sharing today.

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