Life is a battle, says Paul, and so you had better be prepared. Paul
suggests a suit of armor, but not one made of metal – or even Kevlar!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on
the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the
devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of
this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the
heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that
when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and
after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the
belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of
righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the
readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all
this, 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.
May the three enfold you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hold you safe
and hold you strong.
May the three encompass you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, encircle
your life each day and night.
May the three protect you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, guard your
door and keep each gate
May the three watch over you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, still your
heart and calm all fear.