One of my son’s favorite movie trilogies to watch is the Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, and Return of the King. I loved seeing him hunkered down on the couch watching Sam, Frodo, Gandalf, and the rest journey to Mordor to destroy the ring. I knew he had been transported and was now ably skilled to wield his sword alongside Aragon to fight against the Orcs and the evil they brought with them.
Aragon’s battle and Frodo’s inner battle against the pull of the ring were so beautifully balanced and yet, so fraught with danger. Watching the trilogy for the first time with my sons, who were then eight and nine, I understood the desire to protect what was mine, who was mine, and all they represented.
My battle was not against Orcs, but against the things that could hurt my children. We did not allow cruel words or actions in our house. Our boys were expected to ask forgiveness for wrong doing. To think of others first, to be gracious, and kind. In other words, to be a gentleman.At bedtime we would pray and thank God for the day we had, for His presence, comfort, and guidance.
My oldest began having nightmares in fifth grade, unexpectedly. I would come to his room and try to comfort him, remind him that he was safe. The only solution that seemed to work was to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6) when he went to bed at night. We would pray over the pieces as he put them on, then add Philippians 4:8 as a reminder of how to focus our thoughts.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think on these things.
It was my way to remind them their thoughts could be purposely focused on Heaven itself. Taking captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) their thoughts and entrusting them to Christ as they slept. My son’s nightmares no longer came around after we started that prayer habit.
When we wield the Sword of the Spirit, as believers, knowing it has the power to cut down the attacks of the enemy, we are as strong and capable as Aragon. We are fierce fighters who will be able to stand on the last day (Ephesians 6:13), not because of our skills, but because of the victory Christ had over the grave and the enemy.
It is the power of Christ, it is the prayer described in Ephesians 6:18 that pushes the kingdom of darkness back. Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6).
We are all able to wear the armor, Best Beloved, it is a matter of whether we chose to dress ourselves as warriors or “wait-er.” Waiting for someone else to do the fighting, another believer, someone else who appears stronger, more capable. We are all called to put on the armor, we are all called to battle.
We are believers. If we truly believe in the Christ we claim, then we also are empowered with the Holy Spirit, which is sharper than any double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).
Let us therefore get dressed as one who is going to battle, to hold up those who are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), to seek God’s purposes and plans and to know that He has already won- (John 20).