Americans have been involved in wars for numbers of years. Recently, I read an article in Guidepost magazine where some of the words jumped out at me. I knew it was the Lord speaking. It was a story about a mother and the unique way she prayed for her son as he went off to fight in a very dangerous part of the world. From her insights, we can glean a meaningful way to pray not only for soldiers at war but also homeland situations that are troublesome.
The Lord gave her a word that really resonated with me, one we can incorporate in our own earthly battles. As she sent her son off to war, she began to pray Ephesians 6:13-18…the section of scripture where the exhortation is to put on the full armor of God. In the case of a soldier, they are truly putting on protective gear. As she watched him put on his equipment, she felt led to pray for each piece specifically. As he fastened his utility belt, it reminded her of the verse to “stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.”
The flak vest brought to mind his “breastplate of righteousness.” It was a very heavy vest he had to wear, pocketing four metal plates front and back. She used this idea to represent his “shield of faith.” As he arranged the solid helmet on his head, it symbolized the “helmet of salvation.” She expressed the thought that each of these “tools of war” could be turned into “emblems of faith.”
I’ve only thought of the Ephesians 6 tools as those to be put on for spiritual warfare. Seeing them through the eyes of a mother sending her son off to war was a new way to look at them. As her son picked up his rifle from the armory and showed it to his brothers, she was again reminded of the “sword of the Spirit.” In the spiritual realm, of course, that is the word of God.
I was also thinking of Ephesians 6:15, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” Where a soldier walks, his goal is to bring peace. That’s a big part of why we send soldiers off to war. Peace has been disturbed by an enemy and he is there to help restore it.
In all, what a great way to pray for our soldiers. We, too, can remember that their “tools of war” can be turned into “emblems of faith.” And comparing these verses with actual wartime attire brings fresh insight concerning our purpose here on earth as well.
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