Day 12

Pray at All Times

from the The Armor of God reading plan

Ephesians 6:10-20, Psalm 55:16-18, Daniel 9:17-19, Matthew 6:5-15, Philippians 4:4-9, Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 John 5:14-15

BY Patti Sauls

Though not specifically called out as a piece of armor, prayer is essential to moving from self-sufficiency to dependence on the Holy Spirit. Everything else in this passage is equipped through the powerful resource of prayer.

After almost two weeks of reading about the armor of God, I bet many of us have pictured ourselves armored up. Maybe we’ve even mentally practiced “putting on” the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peaceful readiness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. It’s quite a sight, right? Here we are, armored up in metal and leather—like ancient warriors, swords in hand. Clearly, spiritual battle isn’t child’s play as we combat powers of darkness. 

Paul’s words paint a striking picture and stir our imagination. In my mind, we stand firm, armor on, poised to fight. It’s go time! We strain to hear our marching orders. 

“Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Really? Prayer and intercession? Suddenly I feel all dressed up with no place to go. We’re all geared up, and our first plan is to pray? 

Yes, this is the battle plan: to begin by talking with the One who holds all hope for victory and to remember that God is the source of all spiritual power and direction. Prayer—our open channel for honest communication with God—is a mighty gift and a dependable drumbeat for life. Like the steady beat of a drumline that walks alongside soldiers heading into combat, prayer is the drumbeat in our battle against evil and brokenness. This steady cadence of prayer unifies us, sets our pace, and leads us onward. 

I’m relieved that our marching orders begin with prayer and include a real talk with God every step of the way. I’m relieved because I’m afraid. Afraid to fight the darkness, afraid to trust God and His plans, afraid that I’ll fail to use my weapons well. It turns out my armored-up bravery is often flimsy bravado. I know what it means to falter in faith, in relationships, in work, and in convictions. If it’s up to me to remain steadfast in battle and secure the victory, all hope is lost. 

Yet, thanks be to God, the drumbeat of prayer breaks through the noise of doubts and fears and steady us. “I call to God, and the LORD will save me. I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and he hears my voice” (Psalm 55:16–17). We don’t fake it ‘til we make it, and we never march alone. The Lord hears; the Lord saves. 

So we pray and march on—upheld by God’s truth, our faltering hearts covered by Christ, our doubting minds made sure of our salvation. We move forward in peace as we deflect doubt by faith and destroy lies by the Spirit’s power at work through the Word of God. Our armor is nothing less than a trinity of protection from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

God’s Word is my command. Because that word is prayer, I am never alone…and the beat goes on.

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  1. Ellie says:

    The “flimsy bravado” is so true! Agree with Brittney (below). IF I have weapons and armor but of no use then… where’s the drumbeat? Where’s the heartbeat?

    “Prayer is the drumbeat in our battle against evil and brokenness. This steady cadence of prayer unifies us, sets our pace, and leads us onward.”

    I realized that it is when I surrender and call for help, that I am able to stand, take arms, and have strength to walk on.

  2. Jessica Costeniuc says:

    I pray to live a life confident in the ways of Lord, like the apostles did after Christ’s resurrection and receiving the Holy Spirit. I’m reminded that I am not in control of the situation, but I am in control on how I respond. Which is by praising God! Taking the time to pray and speak to him, so that his Words run to me when I need them most. My God, My Father, I adore you and love you in every possible way. I pray you continue to provide the things that I need in this life that no one else on Earth can provide. I pray also for the souls that do not know yet the amazing grace your son has given us through his sacrifice and resurrection. May they listen to your voice and see your light in the darkness as a place of endless love and refuge from the cruelties of this world. I also pray for you to bless me with another child, if I may be so bold to ask with my trust unwavering and with my humble respect to pray for your will be done. I pray this all in the name of Jesus ❤️

  3. Grace Wilson says:


  4. Heidi Revels says:

    I love knowing that even when I don’t have the words to pray, God knows my heart and my silent words.

  5. Tammy KIRK says:

    This has been an amazing journey!

  6. Ruthie Long says:

    I saw kelli’s presentation! It was fascinating

  7. Brittney Achord says:

    Trying to wear the Armor of God without Prayer is like building a building without a foundation. Sure it will stand, but not strong or stable. Eventually it will fall.

  8. Christen Plough says:

    Amen! What encouragement for battle! ❤️

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