Excerpt from God's Armor Book by our Mother Foundress

“Draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power.” (Eph 6:10)

When we think about the armor, we can recall the helmet, breastplate, and shield, but no matter how fully clothed we are or how many weapons we have, if we don’t have the strength and the power of the Lord, we are not going to win the battle.

So we have to be prepared. We have to be out there in strength, but we are so very little. We can’t do this by ourselves. This is key because when we are weak, it’s only then that we are strong (2 Cor 12:10). Only the little ones call on God for His strength.

St. Paul prayed, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self (Eph 3:14-16). It’s the Spirit who gives us our strength within.

St. Paul also prayed, “May He enlighten your innermost vision that you may know the great hope to which He has called you, the wealth of His glorious heritage to be distributed among the members of the Church and the immeasurable scope of His power in us who believe” (Eph 1:18-19). This power is the same power which He showed us when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heaven. This is tremendous strength, and it comes especially from the Holy Spirit.

We see this at Pentecost. The Church itself wasn’t engaged in the battle. They weren’t ready yet. It was Jesus who was in battle. He had the strength. He had the power. He is the strength. Yet after the descent of the Holy Spirit when the Church received this power, then we see the Church engaged in battle. There are harassments, killings, and crucifixions, and it was during this battle that evangelization was at its best. This could happen because they were prepared now. They had been told to wait there in Jerusalem until they were “Clothed with Power from on high” (Lk 24:49). This is the same thing we do as prayer warriors: we wait until we are clothed with Power from on high, and then, and only then, we go forth.

We constantly wait upon the Lord for that fresh outpouring, that new anointing, that green light. We always wait for the strength of the Holy Spirit and His permission to take on the enemy again in whatever way that God is showing us. We need His power; we need His strength. We need to be in a posture like the apostles and Our Lady were in: waiting, open, and expecting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1: 14).

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created; And You will renew the face of the earth.”