God's word: The Bible is key to us learning how to be strong. Regular reading gives us strength
Prayer is central to keeping up our relationship or friendship with Jesus. Keep talking to him.
When you don't understand, when its just tough - God understand's, Jesus brings comfort and The Holy Spirit gives us strength. Just pray!
Prayer is for all of us at all times.
Prayers can be said anywhere - they are also not one way. We need to be sure to listen as well when we pray.
Looks great doesn't it but... what does it mean? As Christians, we also believe in the Devil - not a cute cuddly one, but the real one, whose sole aim is to keep us from getting close to God. He uses all sorts of 'tricks' to keep us away from God and Jesus: distractions, temptations, business, wanting to be please others (although that can be a good thing as well!), these are just a few things. BUT if we wear the full armour and choose, each day to put it on - that is put Jesus in our daily lives, we will be strong.
A Fight to the Finish - Taken from Ephesians 6 v 10-18 in The Message Bible
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Below is a more traditional reading of the 'Armour of God'. Click on it to hear it.
THE PRAYER HAND
Another simple way to remember to pray for others is by using your hand as a memory prompt or template for prayer.
1st finger: This is your index finger or ‘pointing’ finger. Pray for the people who help you grow as a Christian, who point the way to be more like Jesus i.e. a Christian Youth group leader, your pastor or vicar, or another Christian adult who prays for you and is known by your parents. (Col 4: 2-4)
2nd finger: This is your strongest finger. Pray for all those people with power and responsibility i.e. government and civic leaders. (1 Tim 2: 2)
3rd finger: This is commonly known as the ring finger. Pray for those you love and who are close to you. Pray for your parents and friends.
4th finger: This is your little finger. Pray for those who are weak or helpless, or who are old and infirm. Pray for those who you know who are sick. (James 5:13-15)
Thumb: Pray for those who are furthest away from you. Pray for the church around the world, for missionaries and for Christians who are persecuted for their faith. (Ephesians 6:18)
Whole hand: Finally, pray for yourself. Admit the things you know you have done wrong (1 John 1:9) and receive God’s peace and forgiveness. Offer your hands to serve God through your life, at home, school or work.
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