Ephesians 6:13,18-19 – Therefore take up the whole armor of God… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
There is a strong relationship between putting on the armor of God and praying. These two things belong together; in fact, one grows out of the other. It is not enough to put on the armor of God; you must also pray. It is not enough to pray; you must also put on the armor of God. It is impossible to divide the two. Putting on the armor is something that is done in the realm of your thought life. It is an adjustment of the attitude of your heart to reality, to things as they really are.
Do you struggle to pray, or feel you pray too infrequently or inadequately, or realize your prayers are indeed superficial? Then you may be trying to pray without being properly dressed. Paul says “Put your armor on first!” then you will be thouroughly prepared to pray powerful prayers. Your challenge this week is to first put on your armor and then talk to the Lord in a real practical and personal way, just as you would to a good friend. By doing this you will be prepared for each and every opportunity He gives you to speak boldly about Him and for Him.