Friday, August 31
The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five.
10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. 13 For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, 15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. 16 In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 20 For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to speak about it as I should.
21 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed. 22 I am sending him to you for this very reason, to let you know how we are and to encourage your hearts.
23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesus is known for magical arts. People would travel here to buy amulets and love potions. They were very aware of spiritual warfare and interactions. Paul makes us aware of the believer’s strength and the believer’s enemy in the opening verses. The strength is only from the Lord, while the enemy is cunning, powerful and wicked. His plan is to steal, kill, and destroy. Therefore, we must put on the armor of God. Why? So we are able to stand and resist the spiritual forces aligned against us. This armor is: 1- belt of truth: truth of God’s word, knowing the truth and believing it. 2- breastplate of righteousness: protect your heart, standing righteous with God through Christ. 3- gospel boots: stand and advance the gospel in enemy territory. 4- shield of faith: fending off attacks, thoughts, and temptation. 5- helmet of salvation: the one piece that declares “I belong to God.” 6- sword of the spirit: the word of God. Yet, with all of this armor, we are to be “praying at all times.” It is one of the most powerful things we have. Use it.
Lord, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for your word. May I receive your strength in order to combat the enemy. May I lean on you and call out to you. Make me aware of the spiritual warfare in my life. May I stand firm in you. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Paul goes through the entire armor with comparisons. Yet, nothing can be compared to praying. It is too powerful. Paul was constantly praying for people. He was also constantly asking for prayer. Prayer is powerful. Here is my challenge to you. Go all day today praying. Pray at all times. Pray alert. Pray big prayers. Pray boldly and with confidence. Pray without ceasing. You can do it. Start now. Ready? Go.
Pick Four More Activities
- Listen and Worship.
- Pray a Psalm.
- Read a Book.
- Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
- Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
- Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
- Memorize a Verse.
- List Five Things You're Thankful For.
- Encourage Somebody.