“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17).

Certain vocations require a certain type of clothing. Consider, for instance, firemen and their distinctive helmet and large fire-retardant coat, or a physician in a laboratory coat. In that same way, the vocational call of Christ upon our lives requires its own wardrobe — the full armor of God. And, yet, this putting on of the full armor of God is but a metaphor for our dependence upon God and the life of prayer. Forget the designer labels. Dressing up is praying up.

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