Andy Stanley’s Prayer from Ephesians 6

Father, I desire to be strong in the Lord and the power of Your might. And so today I’m going to put on the whole armor of God so that I can take my stand against the devil’s schemes. And Lord, I don’t know what the devil’s schemes are for me or my family, but I believe they are there. So Father I pray that you would sensitize me that I can see them coming; that I can recognize them so that I can do something about them.

Lord, I know that my struggles are not against flesh and blood and I pray that every time that I have a relational conflict today that you would remind me that this is not about ‘her’, that it’s not about ‘him’. Help me to remember that there is a spiritual element to this conflict. Remind me to pray for my enemies, and to pray for the people who hurt me so that they may know what it means to understand the mercy and grace of God. And God, do what you need to do in my life and my spirit, so that I will be better at relating to other people who I don’t necessarily get along with. Help me to remember that it is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities, against the powers of this dark world, against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.

Father I put on the whole armor of God so that when the day of evil comes I’ll be able to stand my ground and having done everything to stand firm.

I stand firm by putting on the belt of truth. I want you to renew my mind according to what’s true. I pray when the lie comes and I’m tempted to buy into something that’s not true that the red flags would wave and I can distinguish between what is a lie and what is true.

I want to put on the breastplate of righteousness. Thank you for giving me the righteousness of Jesus Christ, that I don’t come to you based on my own good works but on the finished work of Christ on the cross. And today Father I want to do what’s right, at work, with my kids, around other people. Give me the wisdom to know what’s right and the courage to do what’s right even when it’s hard. I pray that my actions would reflect the gift of righteousness you’ve given me.

Father I want to put on the shoes of readiness. I pray as comfortable as I’ve become in my life and lifestyle that I would not become so comfortable that I’m not ready to go wherever you want me to go, and do whatever you want me to do. Lead me into the lives of people who don’t know you. I pray I would prioritize my time around those relationships so I can be the hands and feet of Jesus; that I would be ready to go wherever you want me to go and do whatever you want me to do.

Father I take up the shield of faith with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Father, by faith today I claim victory over pride, busy-ness, misplaced priorities in relationships, over being greedy, being selfish and all those things I’ll face today. And Father when those temptations come remind me this morning that you’ve already given me victory over all those temptations.

I want to put on the helmet of salvation showing that I belong to you like I belong to nobody else. No one can take me away from You, and nobody can take You away from me. I’ve been completely forgiven of all my sins, and I stand in a righteous relationship with you because of the gift of my salvation.

Finally, I want to take up the sword of the Spirit which is Your word. I pray it would be the lamp for my feet and the light for my path. I pray that I would not trust in my own ingenuity, my gifts, my talents, or the people around me, but that I would look to you and your Word alone as the guide to my life. I pray I would not get distracted by other lights, or other opportunities, but that your Word would be THE lamp to my feet, THE light to my path. I want to pray this for my whole family. For my children, early on in their lives, I pray that Your word would be a lamp to their feet and light to their path, and they would understand the gift of righteousness they’ve received through Christ. And help me as a parent to help my children spiritually prepare for the battles they’ll face through adolescence and for the battles they will face for the rest of their lives. Thank you for the promise of these pieces of armor and that you’ll bring these things to my mind throughout this day. Amen.

“In spite of what we see, there is more going on.”