I poured myself a cup of coffee and opened up my email, my friend’s subject header catching my eye “Aimee, PLEASE PRAY“. I quickly opened it up and all it said was “The worst thing that could ever happen to my marriage has happened. Please pray.” That’s it. Nothing else. But I knew what the ‘worst thing’ was. Somehow I just knew. And my friend needed me. She needed me to tighten up my armour and do battle with her. This was war! This meant that someone had to know how to adorn her armour…and that someone was me. In this series, learn How To Wear Your Armour Like A Warrior Princess.
One of my favourite parts of the book of Ephesians is the description of the armour of God. We understand that wearing our armour every day is extremely important. We know this to be true. But sometimes we don’t quite understand our armour. Or maybe we don’t know how to put it all on. We have it stuffed in our closet because we aren’t too sure what exactly to do with it all.
Many times, we are very familiar with just a few pieces of our armour. Like maybe we have our helmet – we know we are saved and we have put on our breastplate of righteousness. But those shoes…how on earth do they even lace up?
We must realize that we are in a battle and we need to be prepared for it – especially if we are going to choose freedom. Our enemy won’t let his claim go without a fight.
**If you aren’t familiar with your armour, or you need a refresher, turn to Ephesians 6:10-18 to read all about it.
In order to do battle, we must make sure our armour is well seasoned and in good repair. The best time to care for our armour is during the seasons of life where things are generally going well.
However, during the ‘easier’ seasons of life we tend to be off our guard, we don’t think we need our armour so much. This can’t be further from the truth. This is the time when we need to train in our armour so that we are ready when the time comes to fight. Training is easier when done during the good times instead of in the midst of battle.
Our Shield Of Faith
The shield of faith needs to be used daily. We use it when we pray for others, when we believe truth for others. I used my shield as I read the email from my friend. I used it when I called her later that morning.
Prayer is foundational in the growth and development of our faith. We mustn’t stop talking to God when life seems to be going our way. Learning to turn to Him for everything during the simpler seasons. This will train us to immediately run to Him during the difficult seasons of life. This is time for training! Time to increase our skill level! If we wait until we are in the midst of an attack before we pick up our shield, we won’t know what to do with it. And our enemy banks on our lack of preparation and training. Yes, ladies, he does. We really need to stop making his job easier by our lack of training!
What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 defines faith for us. Simply put, it is believing and trusting God. It means recognizing God as sovereign and Lord of all. It indicates that we understand that God knows exactly what we need, when we need it and that He will provide those needs for us. It involves us fully relying on Him…even when we don’t understand His plans.
It also means that our faith only needs to be the size of a mustard seed.
A Defensive Weapon
The kind of shield that is being referred to in Ephesians is a defensive weapon. Soldiers had 2 types of shields – an offensive one used in close hand-to-hand combat, the smaller round shield. This is not the shield that is part of our armour. Our shield is the bigger, taller one used for defending against arrows shot from far off. These shields were perfect for shielding the entire army from attack. Soldiers would gather close together and put their shields side by side and over top so arrows could not get through. This strategy still enabled them to advance in unison and remain virtually unharmed. Every shield protected the entire army.
Another benefit of these shields was when a soldier was been injured. The wounded soldiers comrades would put their shields around him for protection, until he can get medical help or gather the energy to get to safety. This is how I used my shield of faith with my friend whose marriage was suddenly crumbling before her eyes. She was gravely wounded. She was disorientated and in shock. She needed a trusted friend whom could give her godly wisdom and advice. This also meant a lot of time in prayer for me. What did I tell her? I told her that she didn’t have to make a decision that day, among other things. But that ended up being the piece of wisdom she held on to. She found comfort in the fact that she did not have to make a decision right NOW. I held my shield over her, spoke truth to her and over her.
Have you ever felt so weary from battle that you just didn’t think you could continue on? And then a friend comes along and she puts her shield of faith over you? She holds on to faith for you? She believes for you? She intercedes on your behalf? A friend like that is very hard to find. Thankfully, I have some friends like that! I remember them holding their shields above me, in prayer, and fighting for me! It’s not just girlfriends who do this. My husband has also held his shield of faith over me. Do you know how powerful that is? When your man does battle for you?
I have found that having faith for a friend builds my own faith. Our faith isn’t just for us, it is for the entire family of God.
When did you last use your shield of faith by praying for others? When has someone else placed their shield over you for protection? Share in the comments below. This is the first post of this series.
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