Father, empower me through my union with You. I draw my strength from You [that strength which Your boundless might provides]. I put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which You supply], that I may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For I am not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Therefore I put on God's complete armor, that I may be able to resist and stand my ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in my place]. I stand therefore [hold my ground], having tightened the belt of truth around my loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod my feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. [Isa. 52:7.] I lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which I can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.