Welcome to our study on putting on the full Armor of God, found in Ephesians 6:10-20. We’ll be looking deeper into each piece of the armor so we can learn how to take it up and use it in the spiritual battle against evil. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP or thoughts on the verse. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“And Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18)
1 John 5
Faith in the Incarnate Son of God
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Heart’s Desires | Marianne Toovey
1 John 5:15-16
My Bible notes directed me to Matthew 7:7 and John 14:13 and 15:7. Together these verses emphasize that if we pray fervently for things that will bring God glory, He’ll give us anything we ask for. And if we’re living in harmony with Jesus, our prayers will automatically line up with the Word, so any request will be granted. What better prayer to bring glory to God than for our brothers and sisters to turn away from their sins and clothe themselves in armor?
I openly admit that many of my prayers are selfish and probably don’t bring any glory to God. But as I continue to dive into the Word and get to know God better, I’m seeing a heart change. And I’m noticing a difference in my prayers. I’m still far from perfect, but praying is so much more fulfilling now, and I want everyone to experience this with me!
Lord, I continue to pray that the desires of my heart match Yours. I also lift my family to You. Use me as You show them how satisfying a strong relationship with You can be so that they drop everything to pursue Your heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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