Our Eyes

Open our eyes Lord that we may see (see II Kings 6:17). May we keep our eyes open for spiritual danger, stand true to You, Lord, act like a man and a woman, and be strong (see I Corinthians 16:13). Help us to watch out for attacks from Satan, our enemy (see I Peter 5:8).

We pray that we’ll keep looking steadily into Your law as free men and women, not only to remember it, but also to do what it says; You will greatly bless us in everything we do Lord (see James 1:25). We want always to see clearly the difference between right and wrong and to be inwardly clean with sincere hearts, not causing others to stumble from now until You return, Lord (see Philippians 1:10).

We will never stop thanking you, God for each other; and we ask You to give us wisdom to see clearly and to understand more fully who Christ is and all that He did for us. May we allow our hearts to be flooded with light so that we can see something of the future. You have called us to share (see Ephesians 1:17, 18).

Our Minds

Then if we have been raised with You, Jesus Christ, we purpose to aim at and keep seeking the things that are above, where You are seated at the right hand of God. We will set our minds to keep them set on what is above, not on things that are on the earth (see Colossians 3:1, 2). We desire to hear, be wise, and direct our minds in the ways of the Lord (see Proverbs 23:19). We each pray for the other, that we can turn our eyes upon Jesus, gaze at God, and only glance at our circumstances!

Lord, I pray that we will have the rich experience of knowing Christ with real certainty and clear understanding. For Your secret plan, now at last made known, is Christ Himself. In Him lie hidden all the mighty, untapped treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (see Colossians 2:3, 4)

May we not be carnally minded, which is death, but be spiritually minded, which is life and peace (see Romans 8:6). Bring into captivity our every thought to obedience to Christ (see II Corinthians 10:5). We purpose not to entertain thoughts of lust, Lord, but instead, we purpose to thank and praise You! Lord, convict us of our sin.

I pray we will remember what Christ taught and let His words enrich our lives and make us wise (see Colossians 3:16). Sustain us with a willing spirit to fix our thoughts on what is true and good and right. May we think about things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine, good things in each other. Remind us to think about all we have to praise You for and be glad about (see Philippians 4:8).

May we never repay one another with evil by being ungrateful but always showing kindness and seeking to do good to each other, being happy, rejoicing, unceasing in prayer, always thanking You, God, in everything, no matter what, being thankful and giving thanks, for we know this is Your will for us in Christ Jesus. We do not want to quench the Holy Spirit tin our lives (see I Thessalonians 5:15-19).

Lord, we pray that we will not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we may prove what is Your good, acceptable and perfect will (see Romans 12:2).

Thank You, Lord, that you open our minds that we might understand Scriptures (see Luke 24:45) and behold the wondrous works of Your law (see Psalm 119:18).

Our Ears

Dear Father, Your Word says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (see Romans 10:17). We pray, Lord, that we will give ear to Your law and that we will incline our ears to the words of Your mouth (see Psalm 78:1) Lord, when You speak to us, we will listen and not rebel or turn away (see Isaiah 50:5).

Lord, we purpose to listen as You speak to us, for if the Israelites did not escape when they refused to listen to You, how much less shall we escape if we turn our backs on You, who cautions us (see Hebrews 12:25). Lord, we want ears that listen so that we may obey Your divine will. We shall come to You and hear and our souls will be revived, and You shall keep us because of your mercies (see Proverbs 25:12, Isaiah 55:3).

Our Noses

Thank You, Lord, for giving us the desire to have a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. Empower us to have the fragrance of Christ within, an aroma to both the saved and unsaved around us. To those who are not saved we seem a fearful smell of death and doom, while to those who know Christ, we are a life-giving perfume (see II Corinthians 2:15).

Our Mouths

Set a watch, O Lord, before our mouths, and keep the door of our lips (see Psalms 141:3). We pray we will long for Your Words, dear Father, so that we may know what to say to all these weary ones (see Isaiah 50:4). Thank You for granting us boldness in sharing (see Acts 4:29); help us to make known the mystery of the Gospel (see Ephesians 6:19). May we use the many opportunities You give us to share the Good News of Christ; help us tell it freely, fully and plainly, never veering from the truth. We pray that we will allow You to grant us conversation that is gracious and sensible, so that we will have the right answer for ourselves and for others (see Col 4:3-6). In all that we do and say, may we desire to represent the Lord Jesus (see Colossians 3:17).

May we call on Your power, Lord, so that we may refrain from complaining and arguing (see Philippians 2:14, 15). Remind us not to use bad language, but to say only what is good and helpful to those we are talking to, to say what will bring a blessing (see Ephesians 4:29). Dirty stories, foul talk, and course jesting are not for us (see Ephesians 5:4).

We pray that we will talk to each other much about You, Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing songs, making music together in our hearts to You (see Ephesians 5:19).

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our rock and our Redeemer (see Psalms 19:4).

Lord, we claim Your promise to give us a clear and pure speech from purified lips so that all of us in our family may call upon Your name, Lord, to serve You shoulder to shoulder (see Zephaniah 3:9).

Our Hearts

Dear Father, thank You for helping us understand that we must obey Your command to love You with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might (see Deuteronomy 6:5), so that our hearts may be filled with You alone to make us pure and true (see James 4:8). Give us the desire to seek godly wisdom and understanding (see Proverbs 2:1-6).

Thank You for Your promise: “A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances, and do them” (see Ezekial 36:26, 27). Thank You for blessing us with such a burning desire for a clean heart, O God, and for renewing a right, persevering and steadfast spirit within us (see Psalms 51:10). We want to hear Your warning, Lord, not to harden our hearts (see Psalm 95:8), for You desire to make our hearts soft (see Job 23:16).

May we let You, Lord, keep our hearts pure with all diligence, for out of the heart are the issues of life (see Proverbs 4:23). We need Your strength to flee from the temptation of lust, for a good man produces good deeds from a good heart, and a wicked man produces evil deeds from his hidden wickedness. Whatever is in our heart overflows into our speech (see Luke 6:45). May we be sin sensitive in every area of our lives every day. May we worship and serve You with a clean heart and willing mind, Lord, for You see our hearts and know our every thought (see I Chronicles 28:9)

We pray that we will let the peace of God rule in our hearts (see Colossians 3:15) and that we will let You, Christ, be more and more at home in our hearts, living within us as we trust in You. May our roots go down deep into the soil of Your marvelous love; may we be able to feel and understand how long, how wide, how deep and how high Your love really is and to experience this love ourselves, though it is so great that we will never see the end of it. And so at last, God, we will be filled up with You (see Ephesians 3:17-19).

Lord, we desire to be clean, for You enable the righteous to be glad; You let them be in high spirits before God, yes, You let them jubilantly rejoice (see Psalms 68:30)! For Your eyes, Lord are upon the righteous, and Your ears are attentive to their prayers (see I Peter 3:12).

Our Bones and Bodies

We pray that we may truly give our bodies to You, God, letting them be living sacrifices – holy – the kind You can accept. When we think of what You have done for us, how can that be too much to ask? (see Romans 12:1). Lord, may we not be anxious for our lives, as to what we shall eat, or for our bodies, as to what we shall wear (see Luke 12:22). Lord, we desire to do what Paul did, to buffet our bodies, training them to do what they should do and not what they desire, so that as we enlist others for the race, we ourselves may not be disqualified (see I Corinthians 9:27).

Lord, may we trust You with all our hearts, leaning not on our understanding. May we acknowledge You in all our ways, so that You can make our paths straight. We pray to be not wise in our own eyes, but to fear You and turn away from evil, which will result in healing to our bodies and refreshment to our bones (see Proverbs 3:5-8). Because jealousy and strife are rottenness in our bones, we pray for a tranquil heart, which is life to the body (see Proverbs 14:30).

Armor of God – The Belt of Truth

As followers of Christ, we face a powerful enemy and cannot overcome him in our own power or with our own skills. Instead, our Lord has equipped us with weapons for the battle sufficient to wage and win it. Defensive weapons are designed to protect us from the attacks of our adversary. Offensive weapons are designed to spread the kingdom of God from our communities throughout the world.

Paul, while in prison for his faith, examined the armor of Roman legionaries during his life in the Roman Empire. With the knowledge of the spiritual battles we face day after day, he brings to life the visual and understanding that we need to be equipped with the power of God to stand firm.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.


Ephesians 6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…

The roman soldiers belt was known as “The sword belt.” It played a crucial role in the effectiveness of a roman soldier’s armor. The belt was the place for a soldier to carry his sword. Imagine an overzealous soldier, charged for battle, runs to the battlefield, but then realizes he forgot his belt, consequently holding his weapon!

How do we use the belt of truth?
The belt of truth is the central piece of armor that we need when going into daily battle, it holds the essentials for success.  Truth should be securely buckled around our soul; it should be the source that holds us up. The belt was the first thing that the soldier put on. As followers of Christ, truth is the first thing we need in order to stand a faithful walk. Truth should cleave to us as a belt cleaves to our body. The more we know the truth the easier it will be to see the false.

Psalm 25:4-5
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalms 40:11
Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.

Psalms 45:4
In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.

John 17:15-18
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

The Armor of God

As followers of Christ, we face a powerful enemy and cannot overcome him in our own power or with our own skills. Instead, our Lord has equipped us with weapons for the battle sufficient to wage and win it. Defensive weapons are designed to protect us from the attacks of our adversary. Offensive weapons are designed to spread the kingdom of God from our communities throughout the world.

Paul, while in prison for his faith, examined the armor of Roman legionaries during his life in the Roman Empire. With the knowledge of the spiritual battles we face day after day, he brings to life the visual and understanding that we need to be equipped with the power of God to stand firm.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Armor of God – Breastplate of Righteousness

Ephesians 6:14 with the breastplate of righteousness in place

The breastplate was strapped to the soldier’s belt and was of course another crucial piece of armor protecting the torso which contains vital organs like the heart, lungs and so on. One swift blow with a dagger to the heart would take the life of a soldier within seconds. This piece of the armor was developed to be lightweight, combined with ease of movement and protection from blows.

How do we use the breastplate of righteousness?
Just as the roman soldier had to put on his belt first, then the breastplate, we too must dress in truth, allow truth to cleave to our core with the righteousness of God’s protection as we stand right before Him. Just as the roman soldier made every effort to protect the lifeblood of his heart, we too must protect our heart with righteousness. The enemy is constantly swinging daggers trying to reach the vital organs that produce life. We must protect them, without righteousness, we leave ourselves open for certain death.

Romans 6:18-23
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 119:172
May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.

Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Genesis 15:6
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Job 29:14
I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.

Psalms 5:8
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies– make straight your way before me.

Psalms 45:4
In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.