22 July, 2022
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.-Ephesians 6:12
Heavenly Father, you are the Fount of all Holiness and Godliness, and we strive to serve you with humble and remorseful hearts, filled with Christian love and charity, for you have exhorted us to be holy and to emulate and imitate our Savior and Messiah Jesus Christ, and work together towards perfection in living in Christ. We are your children, Lord, and rejoice in praises of our Father, for you are infinitely good and merciful.
Father, as pilgrims on this earth, we invoke your assistance in facing the evil opponents and oppressors, whose aim is to destroy good and lure us to wickedness in worldly plots and plans against your people. They prowl around us, watching for opportunities to capture souls and imprison them in the darkness of their realms. They are the rulers of the dark and the powers of destruction. They aim at the children of the light, your children and persecute and torment us.
Yet, we are confident of overcoming the temptations and obstacles placed before us, by submitting to the greater power within us, the power of your Holy Spirit. Every spiritual battle we face, we ask for your protection, your forgiveness of any evil affliction within us, and we don the spiritual armor of your Holy Word, armed with the Christian implements of truth, righteousness, faith, salvation and the gospel of your Holy Word, praying sincerely that you save us and bring us to everlasting redemption in the light of your Presence, through Jesus our Lord. Amen