Announcing the Publication of Praying the Armor of God
Do you desire to improve your prayer life? I certainly do. In fact, I’ve been on a quest to improve my prayer life for years. I’ve read books, attended seminars, filled journals, listened to countless sermons, and preached over 100 sermons on prayer myself. (One year I taught 52 weeks in a row on prayer, which we called: “2001, A Prayer Odyssey.” In three decades of ministry, it was the only sermon series that people requested I repeat the following year.) I even chose to focus my Doctorate of Ministry on prayer, primarily in order to deepen my prayer life.
But the most meaningful, practical, and easy-to-remember method of prayer, for me, has been Praying the Armor of God.
In my new book, published this week by Harvest House Publishers, I share my journey with you. Part One explains why we should pray the armor of God, including what the different pieces of the armor signify. Part Two is a guidebook for daily prayer, illustrating how we can pray the armor of God.
How is Praying the Armor of God different from other books on prayer? It’s this: the pieces of the armor of God are arranged to correspond to the seven days of the week. Since you already know the days of the week, you can easily remember how to pray the armor of God. For instance: Sundays we Strap on the Belt of Truth, Tuesdays we Tread in the Shoes of Peace, Fridays we Fight with the Sword of the Spirit, and so on.
As you practice Praying the Armor of God, in time you will naturally memorize the essential elements, and the prayers will take on your own voice. You may be driving in a car, taking a walk, or lying in bed, and feel drawn to prayer. You will think: well, today is Sunday, so I’ll strap the belt of truth on those I love. You begin to ask God to reveal his truth in your life, to fill your spouse with His truth, and for your kids to love truth and desire to be people of honesty. You may pray for your friends to be led by truth, your church to be a beacon of truth, your nation to return to truth, and the whole world to discover God’s truth. It’s a great way to pray! Plus,
· Parents and grandparents can help their kids—even prodigals—through prayer.
· Spouses can pray for one another, and for growth in their marriage in key areas.
· Singles can pray for friends—or for their future spouses and families.
· Women can pray these essential qualities into the lives of those they love.
· Men may finally find, in this method, an enjoyable way to pray. Armor, after all, is something most men can relate with. It’s masculine. It’s military. It’s tough. Whereas men sometimes feel pressured in churches to act in touchy-feely, “feminine” ways, this allows men to draw close to God in a way that doesn’t compromise manhood.
As we begin, may I pray for you?
I pray, Almighty Father, that as we pray the armor of God, you would clothe us with Jesus Christ Himself, transform us into His image, comfort us by your Spirit, and protect us from the evil one. I pray that the readers of this book would be filled with your truth, cleansed by your righteousness, calmed by your peace, fortified by your faith, eternally protected by your salvation, instructed by your Word, and empowered to rest in prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
[This excerpt has been adapted from Rick Stedman, Praying the Armor of God, Harvest House Publishers, 2015; used by permission]