Put on the whole armor of God . . . 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, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20, ESV.
Having commanded believers to put on the armor of God and having described the pieces of that armor, Paul issues a supplementary command: pray. This command to pray simply reinforces the reality that this armor is the armor of God. The fully dressed soldier remains dependent upon God and must continue to bring his requests before the throne of his King.
In a personal example, Paul follows the command to pray with a prayer request of his own. He asks the church to pray for one another and for him. Specifically, he requests that they pray that he will remain a bold proclaimer of the gospel and representative of Christ. Paul, himself decked out in divine armor, asks the saints to pray that he will be a bold soldier in the battle for souls.
Brothers and sisters, it is not enough to stand against the enemy. We are commissioned soldiers of Christ and our King has sent us on a mission. We are to boldly proclaim the good news that Jesus saves, call people to repentance and faith, and offer them the forgiveness of sins. In other words, we are to make disciples. This is not a mission we can fulfill without the protection and power of God at work for us. So, we put on the armor and we pray for one another.
My prayer for you today is the very thing I would ask you to pray for me! Let’s join together in prayer that we will be well-protected by God’s armor and bold on our mission. May God answer our prayer and be glorified in the results.