3. Pray for Armor
The apostle Paul says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10‑11). Paul reminds us that our strength and our courage come from and is found in the Lord. He reminds us that we need this courage and strength for the battle we face.
And, Paul reminds us, “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We must remember that our true fight is not against humans but against the spiritual forces that oppose our Savior. We are in a cosmic fight in the spiritual realm. It is a fight for the souls of humankind.
Satan will attack anyone seeking to make the name of Jesus known to people who know him not. That means missionaries are key targets of the enemy. It’s no wonder that in some parts of the world three out of four missionaries won’t finish their careers as missionaries. That is why Paul admonishes, “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 firm” (Ephesians 6:13). We must pray for the armor of God for our missionaries:
Pray for the belt of truth to be secure around their waist.
Pray for the breastplate of righteousness to guard their hearts.
Pray for their feet to be ready to go and share the gospel wherever God leads.
Pray for the shield of faith to protect them from all the flaming arrows of the enemy.
Pray for the helmet of salvation to be secure in their minds.
Pray for the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, to be well equipped in their lives, to be a mighty weapon in their arsenal.
Pray that they will be a people of prayer! (see Ephesians 6:14‑18).
God wants to use your prayers to release blessings. Will you pray for protection, courage, and armor for missionaries in your life and everywhere?
Eddie Byun is the missions and teaching pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California. He previously taught practical theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University and was lead pastor for Crossway Mission Church and Onnuri English Ministry in Seoul, South Korea. He has also pastored in Sydney, Australia, and Vancouver, Canada. Eddie is the author of Justice Awakening and Praying for Your Pastor. He was also the executive producer of Save My Seoul, an award-winning documentary on sex trafficking in South Korea. He resides in San Jose, California, with his wife, Hyun, and their son. Read more at EddieByun.com. Follow him on Twitter: @eddiebyun. Praying For Your Missionary can be purchased at ivpress.com or at amazon.com.
This adapted excerpt was taken from Praying for Your Missionary by Eddie Byun. ©2018 by Eddie Byun. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com.
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