Prayer To Fight On As God’s Soldiers (4 May)
Sing: Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet
Scripture: The Christian as a soldier
“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer….” (2 Tim 2.4)
“I will stand at my watch, and station myself on the ramparts. I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.” (Hab 2.1)
“Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes….the belt of truth buckled around your waist….the breastplate of righteousness in place….your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace…..take up the shield of faith…..the helmet of salvation….and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God…..And pray in the Spirit on all occasions…..” (Eph 6.10-18)
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
Thank you, Lord for this wonderful imagery of a soldier. A soldier is obedient to his commander and committed to his cause. He follows a battle plan in order to overcome the enemy. He is part of a team – a section, a platoon – working closely together with his comrades towards victory. Sometimes, the odds are great. Yet, he perseveres. He is well-trained, disciplined and hardy. May I be like a soldier for Christ, always following my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Father, you remind us from your Word that we are constantly in spiritual battles. Oftentimes, we forget this truth. Indeed, your Word reminds us that we do not fight against “flesh and blood” but against the rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world; indeed, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Hence, we need to remain alert and ready, just like the soldier who stands guard on the rampart walls, straining into the darkness of nightfall to detect any slight enemy movement. May we never be taken by surprise by the evil one.
A good soldier fights on confidently not only because he is well-trained and ready, he knows that his armour affords him a high level of protection and safety. This is especially so for the modern soldier who uses technology in the weapons and equipment that he deploys in battle today. Even more so for us who are soldiers of Christ. Thank you, Lord, for providing us with your full armour. Each day, as we rise from bed, may we spare a moment to put on the six pieces of your armour in a clear and deliberate manner – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the feet of the gospel, the helmet of salvation and holding firmly in our hands the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. These are essential if we are to successfully fend off the attacks of the evil one. And we need to maintain our armour in good working condition. Hence, engaging in the daily spiritual disciplines of prayer, reading and meditating on your Word and singing songs of praise and also, keeping in touch with fellow believers become so important.
Thank you, Lord, for reminding us to live each day purposefully, enjoying the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and tapping the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!