10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. -Ephesians 6:10-18
Over Labor Day weekend, my friend and writing mentor, Pete Zindler, sponsored an Evening of Prayer in Ramona. He gathered pastors and church leaders from all the denominations to pray for our youth, our families, and our military.
It was such a joy to be asked to lead a segment dedicated to our high school and college youth. The praise band was out of this world.
Pete talked about "wrestling" with Satan. A high school wrestling coach for Ramona high school, Pete has inspired many youth to pin the opponent, no matter what the odds. While we were driving to the beach on the morning of the event, my youngest son, Shane, told me that he wants to join the high school wrestling team as soon as his football season is over. We are blessed to have leaders like Pete that are willing to sacrifice so much for others so that they too may become warriors.
The video below reflects the "warrior spirit" that Pete brings to our remote town. Last night, we lit candles representing the light of Christ. All who attended last night are being asked to share that light with others, to become warriors for God's army. It will change the landscape of our community for generations to come. Thanks, coach Pete!