(Ephesians chapter 6, verses 16 – 18)
In my last article the focus was on the Lord’s Prayer, which teaches us how to pray. I will be combining the concept of prayer with the topic/theme of the armour of God, which will guide my articles throughout 2019.My intention is simply to share and write this prayer to amplify the power of God’s armour, specifically the helmet of salvation.
Why have I chosen to start with the helmet of salvation when the passage follows a slightly different order? I am simply working from top to bottom instead, which is why I begin with the head.
Praying the helmet of salvation and its truth over people is empowering. Our words of encouragement help to reinforce the truth that God alone is the one who grants us His salvation.
Dear God, I pray for the people who read this article. May they each be reminded of who you are in their lives and that as fellow believers, we share this gift of salvation which comes from You alone. You know each of our hearts and minds, so help us to fill them with your love and peace. Specifically, I pray Philippians chapter 4 verse 6 & 7 over them – that in giving you thanks, they will indeed, not be anxious. Help them to lean not on their own understanding but seek Your heart and will for their life. Our minds are indeed a battlefield so we submit this arena to You so that we can know right from wrong and truth from deception. May Your light shine brightly in the darkness of this world; may no one, no word, no thought pass through our minds without being cleansed by You and the saving knowledge that Christ is alive with us via Holy Spirit.
Lord I pray the helmet of salvation will be a ready and handy tool that you, God have given us to help connect into Your heavenly peace. Remind us that the helmet represents our salvation, which is You, Christ Jesus. Help us to consider and reflect on this very nature of the helmet of salvation – the salvation is a gift from You, God which we cannot earn but given freely from Your grace.As we are saved by Your grace and love alone – therefore to wear and put on the helmet of salvation simply requires us to acknowledge God and accept Your gift. Lord – we receive Your precious gift right now.
Just as a king may knight and don a helmet on one of his soldiers, I visualise You, Father God knighting us and placing this helmet of salvation over our heads. As I reflect on this imagery, I also can see you have placed the helmet on our heads as we bow before you our Heavenly King, you embrace us and provide a heavenly justly kiss on the helmet – it is precious and even though the helmet is an outer covering separate from our own heads, we can feel the touch of your lips as Your love pours out on impact into the helmet and our own heads.
Let us all wear our helmets securely and know that You, God bring us peace of mind. Help keep our minds balanced so that we will not be overconfident or boastful of our capability. Instead, help us proclaim confidently the truth of Your salvation over our lives. Jesus you saved us and nothing can take this away from us.
When we start getting ahead of ourselves, remind us God that we are right where you want us to be. You know both our past and future so let us submit it all to you at the foot of the cross so that no fear, doubt or anxious thoughts can take hold. Your Word of Philippians is simple in instruct, so help us to not overcomplicate issues and simply not be anxious. Thank you that we have the power to choose how we feel and react in all situations – good or bad. Even more so, during the tough times, help me to proclaim Hallelujah, praise and honour all to You God.
In Jesus Name,
(Man of Sorrows, Hillsong Worship, Brook Ligertwood& Matt Crocker)
Nic Lee works by day as a Business Analyst Consultant whilst, outside of business hours, maintains an IT support & website services business. He volunteers with 89.9 LightFM (Christian Community Radio). Nic has served for over twenty years in his local church, in worship, technology consulting, life group leading and event management.