Lord Jesus,

We realize that we are in a battle. The battle, however, isn’t “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12). Forgive us for the countless times that we’ve attempted to handle this battle alone.

Cover us in the mantle of your love. Cloak us in your armor. Secure it in place with the belt of your truth. Safeguard our hearts against the world’s depravity with the breastplate of your righteousness. Protect our minds from Satan’s lies with the helmet of your salvation. Shod our feet, so we stand firmly for your gospel of peace. 

In all circumstances, show us how to use your shield of faith to extinguish Satan’s fiery darts. Show us how to disarm all forces of evil with your sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:11-17).

Urge us to be persistent in prayer, so we pray “at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18).

Most importantly, remind us with every breath we take that the victory has already been won by you!

In your Name, we pray.

Amen.