Daily Reading: 20 July – Paul to the Churches: The Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-20

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

E100:17.c – Paul to the Churches

The Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-20 (NLT)

The Whole Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10  A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

full armor of God

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

“Be Strong in the Lord” – Moriah Baptist Bible Church Choir

The Prayer, Spiritual Armor of Prayer

Heavenly Father, I ask you to fill me with your mighty power – that I may face the challenges of this day.

  • I ask you today for your truth, as a belt tight around my waist.
  • I put on the zeal to announce Your good news of peace, as shoes for my feet.
  • I put on your righteousness, O Christ, as my breastplate.
  • I put on your salvation, as a helmet for my head.
  • I take up faith, as a shield which is able to put out, all the fiery darts of the enemy.
  • I take up your Word, as the sword of the Spirit.

Heavenly Father, may Jesus Christ your Son live in me and through me this day. And may I live as he lived – lowly and meek, yet all powerful. Amen.

Closing Sentence

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!