A Prayer-Meditation to Take Up the Sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:17

This is Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life – a time for you to relax, refocus, and re-narrate your life. I’m Dave Cover. I want to help you with Christian meditation where you can break through all the distractions and experience God’s presence through biblically guided imagination. 

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Acts 17:25 NIV

“…He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

Ephesians 6:11, 14-17 says: 

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. …Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (NIV).


One way to “put on the full armor of God” is through prayer. Here’s an example of how to “take your stand against the devil’s schemes” in your life and family through prayer. Today we will meditatively pray to put on “the breastplate of righteousness.”


Father in Heaven, your word tells me to submit to you and resist the devil, and he will flee from me (James 4:7), and so I want to do that now in this prayer. I submit my whole self to you, my whole life to you, (my family to you), all my cares to you, and my entire future to you. And I take my stand right now against all the devil’s schemes in my life (and family). 

I take up your “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” I affirm Jesus’s words when resisting the devil’s temptation, that I do “not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). I affirm that your Spirit gives life, and that your words are full of the Spirit and life (Jn 6:63). I affirm that your word is living and active and at work in me (Heb 4:12; 1 Thes 2:13). And that I will overcome the evil one because your word lives in me (1 Jn 2:14).

And I pray all these things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit (Eph 6: 18). Amen.

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