The Armor of God

Lee DeYoung

READ : Ephesians 6:10-20

Many of us don’t usually think of ourselves as warriors. Paul’s military imagery in today’s Scripture passage might seem better suited for someone else in another time or place. We might wonder: “Do I really need anything like the ‘full armor of God’?”

The answer is an emphatic “Yes!” Although the number of evangelical Christians worldwide is now multiplying three times faster than the population growth rate, grim evidence of mounting evil and corruption also abounds. God’s people still struggle “against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (v. 12). For example, mission researchers estimate that the number of Christian martyrs in this century exceeds the total for all prior centuries combined!

Paul uplifts prayer as a crucial part of the armor God provides us: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions and with all kinds of prayers and requests . . . keep on praying for all the saints” (v. 18). Intercede today for four unreached Indo-Iranian peoples of Southwest Asia: the Pashtun and Brahui (of Afghanistan and Pakistan), the Baluch (Pakistan), and the Aimaq (Afghanistan and Iran). Thousands from these Islamic groups are familiar with military realities through personal contact with recent Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani wars. Pray that many will soon enter the spiritual battle on the side of the kingdom of God.

PRAYER

Lord, help us keep praying for unreached peoples. Transform multitudes from each of these groups with Your Spirit’s sovereign power! Amen.