The Armor of God —
Our Help Each Day

Le Grand Saint Michel, by Raffaello Sanzio

Le Grand Saint Michel, by Raffaello Sanzio

The text about the “Armor of God” is found in the New Testament in the Letter to the Ephesians.  It can be used by followers of Christ as a daily prayer to draw closer to our Lord.  Over time, you may find that it is also a guideline as to how we can and should live our life.  The text of the scripture is:

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.  Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.
 Eph 6: 10-12

The next verses tell us how to put on the armor of God.

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Eph 6: 11-17

The next verse in this reading encourages us to pray in tongues.

With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit.
Eph 6: 18a

This painting of St. Michael the Archangel provides an image of the battle we face each day as we strive to “stand firm” with our Lord.  Many find that if you pray this prayer frequently, it becomes not just the “armor for battle with the evil one” but rather a way of life with God.