Day 7 – Jan. 7, 2022
Daily Theme – The Shield of Faith
Scripture – Ephesians 6.10-20 (Specifically verse 16)
A common occurrence in my life as a 6’3”, 220 lb. man, is to have toddlers duck behind their parent when they see me coming. I can’t blame them. After all, they’re tiny and they don’t know this guy walking toward them, so they hide in the shadows of those they trust. They grab onto the clothing of mom or dad, using that parent as a shield, peeking out at me to see what will happen. I admit, I could probably be warmer towards them, to help alleviate their uncertainty.
As we launch into this 100 Days of Prayer and prepare ourselves, the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:16 to raise up the shield of faith. As the toddler puts mom or dad between themselves and a potential threat, we as Christ- followers are to raise that shield of faith when the arrows of Satan fly toward us.
A Roman soldier had 2 shields; one small and round for close combat, the second shield was a wall made of wood, covered by leather and strapped with steel. It measured 2.5×4 feet and a row of soldiers would each have one and form a barrier to hide behind as the enemies arrows rained down them.
The shield of faith for Christ-followers involves us looking at the situations we are facing and looking at the promises of God. We then choose to trust in those promises during the battle, as the arrows are fired on us. John Calvin pointed out ‘that faith by definition looks away from oneself and to God alone for help.’ During the mountaintop experiences in life, we need to internalize the promises of God, which ready us for the valleys of attack we will walk through.
Themes to pray
- Pray that you will be on guard for when attack comes
- Pray that you will grow in faith of the promises of God
- Pray that you will have strength to help form a wall of protection with your community of faith
- Thank God that He already knows the battles you will face today, even if you can’t see them coming
- A prayer for us today
Hello Lord. Thank you for assuring me of victory today, if I will but follow Your plan. Today, I take up the shield of faith. My faith is in You and You alone. Apart from You, I can do nothing. With You, I can do all things. No temptation that comes my way can penetrate Your protecting hand. I will not be afraid, for You are going with me throughout this day. When I am tempted, I will claim my victory out loud ahead of time. There are fiery darts headed my way even now as I pray. Lord, You already know what they are and have already provided the way of escape.
Thank you Lord.
- A Question To Ponder
– When has your faith proved to shield you from the attack of Satan?
– How To Pray Through The Armour of God Podcast https://proverbs31.org/listen/podcast/full-podcast/2020/05/19/how-to-prayer-through-the-armor-of-god
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