Heavenly Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus and we thank you for this day. We enter your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and we enter your courts with praise (Psalm 100:4)
Father we thank you for… (Thank Him for specific answers to prayer or special people or events in your life as the Lord leads you).
Now we put on the full armor of God (We put it on from the ground up, ending with the sword of the Spirit. You can also follow the exact order that Paul uses in Ephesians, which also ends with the sword).
We put on the shoes of the gospel of peace. We walk in your peace and we run to tell other people about Jesus.
We put on the belt of truth. We walk in your truth; we tell the truth; and we find the truth in the Bible.
We put on the breastplate of righteousness to guard our hearts. Thank you Father, that because of the blood of Jesus, you make us right just as if we never did anything wrong. (Note the play on words – “right-just-as if” sounds like “righteousness.” Using these kinds of phrases helps children remember the concepts – especially when they are grown – Prov. 22:6).
We put on the helmet of salvation to guard our mind, will, and emotions (the soul). Thank you Lord that I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). School, work, and everything I need to do, I CAN DO because you help me (Phil. 4:13,John 16:13)
We take up the shield of faith to quench the fiery arrows of the devil. Thank you Lord, that as I put my trust in you, you protect me, strengthen me, and help me through my day.
Finally, we take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, to fight back against the devil.