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Prayer … The Final and Necessary Piece of the Armor of God.


* Reader FYI: I’m about to do a whole lot of Catch Up here for the 31 Day Write Challenge. I have 5 day to catch up with … and God gave me at least 3 of those days worth of Prayers! God is good.

Day 3 ~ The FULL Armor of God!

The Armor of God and Prayer

The Armor of God and Prayer

The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

We’ve been taught for years to “put on” the Full Armor of God … and we followed the silly teaching of acting out this process. Distracting us from what “putting on” truly means.

The “putting on” of the Armor of God means to apply each piece of the Armor to our lives. And in all of those teachings in the Faith movement of God verse 18 was not given as much attention as it needed.

To honestly apply the Armor of God to our live we MUST pray. It is presented in scripture as an indispensable spiritual exercise of a well-prepared Christian. As we put on the whole Armor of God we must remain prayerful.

“Paul is essentially saying, ‘Now look, you have the whole armor of God, but don’t forget to call upon God who promises you the provision of His strength and armor. He who gives you the weapons can also teach you how to use them effectively to overcome all the wiles of the enemy.” ~ Pastor V. Netzel, Bayshore Fellowship, NJ

Prayer is our connection to ask and receive from God the special divine help we will need in our spiritual battles and day to day lives.

As Christians we can become complacent about the necessity of prayer. Especially those of us who enjoy frequently answered prayers! We believers must avoid slipping into spiritual egotism, a place prayer cannot thrive.

I look at it this way. Our prayers are our everyday communication with God the Father. Seriously, I just have talks, conversations with God, and I regularly see His hand on my life and in my circumstances. Thankfully I have not come to a place where I am so full or proud of my standing with God that I don’t feel as though I must prayer.

In fact I continue to be in such awe of the power of my (our ) prayers that I continue praying with joy.

Prayer is our encouragement … particularly when we pray the Truth of the Word of God! It keeps our spiritual weapons and armor well maintained. Prayer binds it all together. It strengthens the believer and guides him in his day to day and especially in times of struggle.

It is the open line of communication with our commanding officer as soldiers in the army of God! It is our call to our Father God for security and comfort. It is our personal talks with Daddy in our day to day.

Prayer is the answer to all our needs and the way we personally honor and glorify our Father Creator.

So …

Father, right now I give You all the honor and glory that comes from my life. My successes and victories are Yours, a gift of Your love to me. I thank You for that, always.

Father today I pray that all of us, as your children and soldiers, learn how to properly apply Your armor to our day to day lives, not just in times of crisis. I thank You that we have this ability through You Son, Jesus. And that through Your Holy Spirit we will be guided in the proper application of Your armor and that we complete and secure it with continual prayer for the battle, the day to day and for one another.

Lord, I pray that each one who reads this be given revelation knowledge of Your Armor and that they begin to pray continually. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Thanks for dropping by and reading my faithful friends! You are in my prayers. God bless

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31 Days of Prayer

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Prayer Changes Lives ….


Day 2

Prayer changes lives. My life is proof of that, literally.

This challenge will, hopefully, change the course of my grieving process. Which after 5 months I have found I need it to end. There’s a quote from a U2 song … it goes something like:

” There is no end to grief. There is no end to Love.”

These are so true.

So anyway I have gathered my tools for this 31 Day Prayer Challenge of mine …

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I literally began my walk with the Lord 13 years ago … (Just an interesting and just realized side note – my husband and I married after 13 years together. This year we were married 13 years; and he died in our 13th year of marriage … and now my solitary walk with God began 13 years after my husband I first got saved. I’m sensing a theme.) We will have to wait and see what God is doing with all those 13s!

So the little prayer book is my husbands and when I opened it he had the page marked on “The Home” chapter. So I will begin there …

Lord,

I thank you today that my home, my family, is established on your word; the utmost of sound and good foundation. Through godly wisdom my home is securely built. Jesus is the Lord of this house . Whatever our task Lord we roll all of works upon you, I commit and trust them wholly to you. I thank you that you cause my thoughts to become agreeable to your will and so my plans shall be established and succeed.

Lord, you alone are my sufficiency. You are my husband and my supply. The Lord of my life; spirit, soul and body. I surrender all to you. I entrust it all to your protection and care.

As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Dear readers, I try to prayer scripture always. I do this because God is bound by His Word and always honors it. Therefore when we pray His word we can be certain that we are honestly praying His will for our lives and situations. His Word is the perfect prayers for our day to day lives. There is no situation that we encounter in our lives that is not covered in the Love and Wisdom of God’s Word.

During this challenge I hope to help you become active in God’s Word in prayer. For me, I’ve found it to be the only way for me to get out of my own way in my prayer life. =)

Meaning I cannot manipulate God’s Word. To pray it I must study it for it to manifest in my life. And like I said in the very beginning of this post … Prayer changes lives … it has markedly changed mine.

Thank for stopping by and reading! You are in my prayers. God bless.

31 Days of Prayer

31 Days of Prayer


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Prayer Changes Everything


Hope & Joy

Hope & Joy

Day 1

I’ve decided to join the 31 Day Writing Challenge. I haven’t written since July … that’s an incredibly long time, and I’ve come to the realization that I need to motivate myself. Last year at this time I used this challenge to motivate me and it worked for a bit … and then life got harder.

So here I am again. Challenging myself to get back to a “new” normal. This new normal is fraught with challenge and a need to remain motivated. So here I go … motivating my self to live my new life.

These last five months have been a challenge all their own. Never before tread territory for me. And

frankly I’m still at a loss … so I pray. I’ve always prayed. Now I pray continually. Sometimes my only conversation in a whole day is my conversation with God. And I’m grateful to have that, because only God can assist me in this my new normal – alone.  So my 31 Day Write Challenge is to Pray. I have started a prayer journal … this will just be where I journal for the next 31 days.

31 Days of Prayer

31 Days of Prayer

Today I’m going to share a photo I took a few years ago and edited … I have A LOT of photos that I’ve dedicated to prayer. I hope to share some of them with you here in the next few days. In fact, today, my Day 1 in the challenge is actually 4 days late … So I have some catching up to do. But I do this challenge only to challenge myself to be faithful to this call on my life to write. So I will catch up as the motivation of this self challenge allows me …

To accept the things I cannot change.

To accept the things I cannot change.

This prayer, though not mine, is perfect to begin this challenge. There is much in my life these days that I long to change, but cannot. And I don’t seem to have the courage at the moment to change my life in accordance with those things I have no control over. Essentially sometimes I am stuck.

I know, am wise to, the difference between which is unchangeable and those things I can change.

Lord,

I thank You tonight for Your peace. That peace that is beyond my human understanding. I thank You that I know that I cannot change those things that have happened because change is a God thing. I thank You that I am wise in the knowledge of You and know that I control nothing. Everything in my life is Yours and is of Your plan. I trust that Father, I really do and You know my heart. I leave this up to You and look for Your guidance in this day to day challenge to live. I wake in the morning Lord and seek Your voice. I thank You for the day, whether or not I want to face that day and I push forward, because Your desire for me is to live abundantly. As I finish this prayer Lord I ask that I come to this new life of mine and find the joy and the peace in the aloneness. That I find the me that You intended as I move forward on Your path for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

*Please understand dear readers when I say “alone” I don’t mean that I am alone or forsaken by God. I do to even mean that I am alone in regard to you, my friends (either face to face or online friends). What I do mean is that my life is now a solitary one. My sweet husband has gone home to be with the Lord and I am comforted to know exactly where he is and what he is doing and I am now alone, living my life solitary.

Until next time … thanks for reading sweet friends. God bless.

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