I. Can Armor Meant For War Restore the Battle-sore?
Prepared for war or battle-sore?
What does each Christian need
To fight forces of darkness
Draped in bitterness and greed?
Ephesians chapter six speaks of
The full armor of God –
We need to take it on, Paul says,
And with these things be shod:
Truth, righteousness, the gospel message;
Shield of faith as well,
Plus helmet of salvation
To withstand the gates of hell.
He mentions, too, the Word of God
And also speaks of prayer.
Hey, wait a minute!
Did I really see prayer mentioned there?
(In some circles, to make prayer a priority seems rare!)
II. Prayer to Restore the Battle-sore Also Helps Prepare for War
Prayer’s vital to the process of
Preparing us for war.
But as we pray, we may discern
That some are battle-sore.
They’re suffering from wounds
Resulting from a lack of time
Spent strengthening themselves
In Jesus Christ, the one true vine.
Before they put God’s armor on,
They need to reconnect,
Not just with faithful followers
Of Christ, as some suspect,
But with the mercy that flows freely
From His gracious throne,
Imbibing of His healing stream
To make His truth their own.
(Though sometimes it is so much easier to use the phone)
III. Jesus Restores the Battle Sore and Makes Them Fit For War
It’s something we all need each day,
Without it, we can’t walk.
Come, battle-sore believer!
Let us leave the empty talk,
Release the heavy sorrow
That so easily besets
And find hope for tomorrow,
Leaving no room for regrets.
Let Jesus clothe you with the glory
That protects your back.
He is your refuge from the storm
Who shields you from attack.
In an age where every person
Wields their own “opinion pole,”
The whole armor of God descends
From Him who makes you whole.
(It pays to cling to Jesus who alone can save your soul).
His peace, it is our freedom.
His joy, it is our strength.
To rejoice In His salvation,
Let us go to any length!