"...put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires...and...put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."--Ephesians 4:23, 24 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience....And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."--Colossians 3:12, 14
"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes."--Eph. 6:11
I'm naturally a morning person, so I get up rather early every day. (I won't say when.) I enjoy the stillness of the early hours to do a simple workout, shower and spend some time with the Lord before the rest of the family get up.
But when the day starts, one of my first jobs to tackle is getting my littlest one dressed in the morning. He likes to pick out his clothes (well, his underwear) for the day and is learning to get dressed by himself. This made me think of praying for myself and my children that we might also get dressed spiritually as well. May we take as much care dressing our souls as we do in dressing our bodies.
Heavenly Father, thank you for creating us to be like your Son, Jesus. Thank you for making us new creations. Please help us to get dressed in accordance with who we truly are. I pray that we will continually choose to put off the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires and instead replace them with the new self. Help us to choose compassion over apathy, kindness over anger, humility over pride, gentleness over harshness, patience over selfishness. Show us how to bind all these virtues with love. Over all this, I pray that you will help us to put on the full armor of God---the belt of truth, the breastplace of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit---so that we may stand firmly against the devil's schemes. As a final touch, may we spread everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus (2 Cor. 2:14). Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Part 2 of series: A Mother's Hands, A Mother's Prayer