The Essential Gospel: A Prayer based on Ephesians 6:10-13

My Father in heaven, 

You are my Hope, my Victory, and my Peace. Because you are the only sovereign King who rules over all heaven and earth, may I be confident and unafraid today. My strength, my courage, and my joy come only from You, Lord. You alone are my Savior (Matthew 12:20-21; Isaiah 9:6-7; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; Isaiah 41:10; Isaiah 12:2).

I come to You, Father, only through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who died on the cross and shed His blood to forgive all my sins – past, present, and future – and who rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sent His Spirit to live in me (Romans 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Acts 1:8-9).

I come to You, Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit who has caused me to be born again, who now lives in me, and who intercedes for me with groanings too deep for words (John 3:3-8, John 14:16-17, Romans 8:26).

I come boldly to Your throne of grace to find Your help in my time of need. I need You today, Lord. I am desperate for You. I trust You, Lord God, to defeat my enemies – the world, the flesh, and the devil – that wage war against the physical, relational, emotional, and spiritual health of my family, my ministry, and my soul (Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 63:1; Ephesians 6:10-18).

Lord, please forgive me for the ways I have given the enemy opportunities to gain any foothold or stronghold in my life, my family, or my ministry.  By Your grace and for Your glory, help me take back any ground he’s gained. Help me to be aware of his schemes and to not be ignorant of his devices (Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Psalm 139:23-24; Ephesians 4:27, Ephesians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 2:11).

Thank You, Father, for sending the Lord Jesus to rescue me from my sins and from the devil’s strongholds by going to the cross for me. In Christ You have disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them through Christ’s work on the cross (Colossians 2:13-15; 2 Corinthians 2:14). 

Thank You for clothing me in the righteousness of Christ Jesus. I am Your property, Father. I belong to You, Lord. Grant to me Your prosperity as I delight in Your law and meditate on Your Word (Isaiah 61:10; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8).

I ask You, Lord God, to demonstrate Your great power over the enemy. Win victories this day in, through, with, and for me. Enable me to put on all of Your spiritual armor so that I will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Show me how to stand up to everything the devil may throw my way so that I can successfully resist all the devil’s methods of attack. Teach me that this invisible spiritual warfare is an actual life-or-death fight to the finish against the devil and his fallen angels. Keep reminding me that I am not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:10-12).

Now, I ask You, Lord God, to build a hedge of protection around me and my loved ones throughout this day and night. I ask You, in the name of Jesus, to send angels to surround us and to protect us today and every day. Guard our souls – our bodies, minds, wills and emotions.  May Your holy angels protect us from any and all harmful demonic attacks. Because the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is with me, I live by faith and know that You, the God of peace, will soon crush Satan under my feet (Job 1:10; Psalm 3:3; Psalm 34:7; Romans 16:20).

Almighty God, use me as a soldier in Your spiritual battles. I need not live in fear because greater are You who lives inside me than the enemy who is in the world. Enable me to fight the good fight and to advance Your Kingdom into the enemy’s occupied territory (Colossians 2:15; 1 John 4:4; 2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Father God, keep me alert to the evil one with spiritual eyes wide open as You use me to make a difference for eternity by helping other people come to know You, to grow in You, and to live for You (1 Thessalonians 5:6; Proverbs 4:23, 1 Corinthians 10:12; Matthew 28:19-20).

O Lord, thank You that absolutely nothing – not even the spiritual forces of evil – can separate me from Your love (Romans 8:38-39; Luke 4:1-13).

I ask all of this in the name of Jesus.

Amen and Amen.

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This prayer has been inspired by Ephesians 6:10-13. Some of the words and phrases in this prayer have been taken directly from the English Standard Version, the J.B. Phillips New Testament, The Message, and the New Living Translation. This prayer has also been composed with help from Dean Ridings, author of the Pray!Prayer Journal (NavPress) and Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology

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