I was reading about the armour of God in Ephesians 6:10-18, we are all very familiar with this passage of scripture, but so many of us don't really know how to apply it. As I was reading it today, I saw something that I had not noticed or taken much interest in because the whole idea of putting on the armour of God sounds like we are on the defence.
verse 10 starts with "be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might"
From verse 11 to 14 it says three times to stand and once to withstand. God always repeats the things that He wants us to take note of.
So first of all we are not standing in our own strength, we are standing in the strength of ALLMIGHTY GOD.
Just like David said to the Goliath "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
David is offended by the barbarous Goliath and his negative spewing about the the tradition of Israel and of God. He refers to him as an "uncircumcised Philistine" and it's not a compliment.
Goliath taunted the people day after day, which is exactly what the devil and his hordes of demons do to us constantly.
As David approached Goliath he said "you come against me with sword and spear and javelin but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied". (you can read the account of David and Goliath in the first book of Samuel).
So can I suggest that instead of saying. "Lord I put on the helmet of salvation etc". Change your word to "Satan I stand here in the strength of All MIGHTY GOD AND HIS WORD, which is TRUTH, and I am wearing HIS BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, covered in HIS PEACE. My faith in ALLMIGHTY GOD is a shield of PROTECTION against all your lies and fiery darts. My mind is protected by the BLOOD OF JESUS. Therefore you, satan, have no power over me and I tell you and all your demons to go to hell where you belong.
It goes on to say "keep alert" in other words be aware of the schemes of the devil, but never forget that because of JESUS, you and I have the AUTHORITY TO STAND against the powers of darkness, and when you stand on THE TRUTH, no weapon formed against you will prosper.
PS. Just a word of warning, do not pray like that if you have known sin in your life. Pray and ask and ask God first if there is anything hindering you from standing on HIS AUTHORITY).