Arm Me for Battle

Arm Me for Battle

A MORNING PRAYER

by Ellie Giles

 

Today, O Lord, arm me for battle. 

 

I kneel before you, Christ, my King. 

To honor you with the outpouring of my life. 

Lift up my head and place on me the helmet of salvation, the covering of redemption. 

"Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (Luke 7:50)

 

Place on me the breastplate of righteousness; 

Behind its shield let my heart know the freedom found in righteousness. 

Cleanse me deep within with life-giving water, 

"That I may not thirst" (John 4:15) nor draw in vain from unrighteous streams. 

 

Around my waist place the belt of truth. 

May I know and be set free by the truth of who you are and who you made me to be. 

May I know fully what it means to be a woman. 

"May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)

 

Fit my feet with the gospel of peace. 

Make me swift to run in the path of your commands, 

And deft as I compete to win the race. 

"Where you go, I will go." (Ruth 1:16)

 

In my left hand place the shield of faith. 

With it may I bear witness to my unfading hope

And joyfully expose and quench the flaming darts of my foe. 

You created me "for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14)

 

In my right hand equip me with the sword of the Spirit. 

Your word is the oil within my lamp;

Your promises keep my lamp ablaze. 

"Behold, the Bridegroom! Come out to meet him." (Matthew 25:6)

 

Today, O Lord, arm me for battle. 

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