We have a very real Enemy who seeks to deceive and distract us  from becoming  who God wants us to be. So we must always be alert. Prepare for spiritual  warfare by making today’s passage part of your daily time with God. For  example, “put on” the various armor pieces as you pray:

Lord, thank You for giving me everything I need for  doing battle in Your name. In the power of Your Spirit, I put on my “armor”–

  • Protect  my mind and imagination with the helmet of salvation. Focus my thoughts  steadily on Your love and power.
  • I claim  Christ’s righteousness as my breastplate, protecting heart and emotions.
  • So that I  won’t be governed by feelings, wrap Your belt of truth around the core of my being  to protect me from deception.
  • Guide my  steps in the sandals of peace. Set my feet firmly in the good news of Your  redemption and love for the world, and empower me  to stand firm against attack.
  • I raise  my shield of faith. Protect me from Satan’s arrows as I stand shoulder to  shoulder with Your army in a wall of opposition against his schemes.
  • I take up  the sword of the Spirit. Plant Your Word deep in my heart in a fresh, exciting  way so I will always be ready to deflect and cut down lies with Your  truth. I proclaim  Your victory today!

You should never be so  preoccupied with fighting that anxiety makes you lose your focus on the joy of knowing  God. Rather, remain at peace as you “dress” for battle, knowing that you are  fully victorious and secure in Christ, and that He has already defeated the  Enemy.