The first portion of Ephesians 6:17 brings us to our next staple: the helmet of salvation. We must keep our heads covered to protect our minds. Our minds are where thoughts occur, which then dictate our actions. By placing the helmet of salvation on, we can operate through a saved mindset. This includes remembering that Jesus' death and resurrection covered our sins and delivered us from sin's power and penalty. We can be confident in our relationship with Him and remain hopeful because we win since we are saved.
We don't ever lose our salvation, either. This wardrobe staple helps remind us of our identity as children of God rather than enemies. We can operate to please God out of love and appreciation for His great love for us rather than out of obligation when we know who and whose we are. This includes taking up the cross daily and following Christ, letting God shine through all we do, and renewing our minds in the Word. With our helmets on, we can also keep Kingdom assignments in our minds rather than worldly thinking and things. Finally, we don't have to walk around feeling condemned because we remember there is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1).
6. Sword of the Spirit
While all other attire is defensive, Ephesians 6:17 highlights this offensive weapon we must possess to fight off the enemy: the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The Bible. The holy scriptures. Hebrews 4:12 states, "For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires."
We can clothe ourselves in what God says because our honest heavenly Father's words are the only effective mechanism to slash any lie of the enemy. Popular opinion, our feelings or perspectives, and manufactured phrases will not work. Even Jesus had to use the Word against the enemy in Matthew 4:4. So if Jesus Christ had to clothe Himself in the Word, certainly we must do the same.
7. Power of Prayer
Finally, Ephesians 6:18 gives us one more important wardrobe staple. God's children must clothe themselves with the power of prayer. We can access our Father's ear and the whole armor through prayer. God gave us this tool so we can speak directly to Him 24/7. We are reminded to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. God's line is never busy, and He doesn't dismiss our calls. James 5:16 states, "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."