Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 6:10-20

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (v. 18)

Paul’s passion for the Lord was relentless. He was willing to (and did) go to the ends of the earth to proclaim the Good News. It was a commitment that endured shipwrecks, mobs, opposition from authorities, and prison. This is why he calls people to put on the whole armor of God, so that we may withstand whatever is thrown our way by the enemy (v. 11).

Paul’s use of the image of the armor of God shows just how relentless he was to resist anything that was not of God, anything that was not good, right, and true (see 5:9). In Jesus, Paul found what he had always been looking for: grace and love (see 6:23-24). It was through Jesus’ grace and love that Paul was welcomed into a liberating relationship with God. This was a truth that he guarded with his life. Even after he had experienced Christ, Paul continued to seek more. He continued to ask for boldness so that he could be even more effective and fruitful.

Our faith can become stale and we can get caught up in a Christianity that is little more than a Sunday morning routine. Passages like this one force us to remember why we should guard our faith so aggressively. We need strong amour because we face a real spiritual enemy who would drive us from the grace we have in Jesus. —Ben Aguilera

Prayer: Lord, let us be relentless towards you so that we can be relentless in our fight against anything that is not of you. Amen.