Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine

“Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.” Eph 6:11

The prayer of a warrior is really the prayer Jesus taught us, the Our Father.  The focus of the prayer of a warrior is particularly the part, "Deliver us from evil" (Mt 6:13).  Some translations say, "Deliver us from the evil one."  When we give a face to evil and refer to it as the evil one, we are alerted that this evil is a power that is active, not just a nebulous concept.  When we say the evil one, we mean that there's a personality here.  The evil one is a spirit with a specific mission of his very own; there's no doubt about it.

The Father has the power to deliver us, and He wants us to share in this power.  In 1 John 4:4 we are reminded of this: "For there is One greater in you than there is in the world."  Now satan knows very well that because of our relationship with the Father, we have access to Him and His power.  We are the ones who tend to forget there is One greater within us.  The greatest power that we have is the Father and our relationship with Him.  Our number one weapon for spiritual warfare is our Abba, our Daddy.  It's beautiful!

Therefore, our relationship with the Father is key.  It is very important to have a relationship with the Father, particularly for prayer warriors; we need a relationship like Jesus had with His Father.  Of course this relationship will develop and deepen as we grow more and more into union with Jesus.  This relationship is important so that when we're praying, we're not just reciting a prayer. Rather, we are asking Someone we know personally, Someone we belong to, Someone who is our Daddy, to deliver us from evil.  This is essential.

I urge all of you to work at developing your relationship with the Father.  Many of you might already have a relationship with the Father, but if you don't, it's a special gift that I encourage you to ask for.  It is pure gift, but this is the mission of Jesus, isn't it?  His whole mission is to take us to the Father.  He said, "The Father is greater than I" (Jn 14:28).  Jesus is never going to be enough for any of us, particularly for prayer warriors.  Towards the end of Jesus' life, Philip, who had been with Jesus for three years, said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us" (Jn 14:8).  So our relationship with Jesus will come to a point where it won't be enough.  Our relationship with the Father is essential, particularly as we pray to deliver us from this constant evil.  God is so powerful, and He has a tremendous strategy!

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”  
(1 Jn 3:1)