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Can’t Pray For Body Armor Against Toxic Workplace

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I was praying in the vehicle this morning as I drive to work. I had covered some other issues that has to do with the day, family, and my personal soul longings and desires. But as my thoughts and prayers went on to asking for God’s protection, I practically had a stop sign flashed at me. No! You can’t pray for body armor, I seem to be hearing. Why can’t I pray for body armor against a toxic workplace or potential toxic workday? Not that my work environment is toxic or that I have a potentially toxic day ahead of me.

Actually, since the day it was stated as the new work group begins to form – kind of, hey, we don’t want a toxic work environment here, – the thought and burden about it hasn’t left me. It seems directed at me, though maybe not. Possibly, probably, maybe, yes. Kind of. Could that be coming from some experiences or history that I have or is it a higher moral responsibility that I am carrying not to make it happen? Maybe the speaker has also just escaped from a toxic workplace somewhere else and just doesn’t want a repeat? Actually, I may never know, unless I ask. But I am not going to ask now, and not for a long while. Some other things need to first be set in place with the right foundations laid.

The Arrow That Flies By Day

But leaving all that. Why not, why can’t I pray for body armor against potential toxicity in life, or just asking God to protect me against the evil that flies by day? Well, they could also be arrows. I was careful using that word arrow. For anyone with deep spiritual feelings – beyond the modern, educated, West’s sense of secular ‘security’- just the two words, ‘spiritual arrow’ can mean a lot; archaic, real or just stupid superstition? Choose what you want to believe.

“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”

Psalm 91:5-6/ New International Version (NIV)

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Encouraged to Pray All Manners of Prayers

We are encouraged to pray all manners of prayers and supplications in the Spirit. “And 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 …” Ephesians 6:18 (NIV). Moreover, we also wrestle in life, and not just against flesh and blood. We face divers battles, many unseen or source unknown.

The more I try to put up an argument as to why I should be able to pray for body armor against toxic a workplace, the more the same supporting scripture that I have is used to open my eyes in another direction.

You already have a body armor, why are you praying for one, I was told. You are already protected if you are putting on the armor that is already made available for you. So why are you praying again to be protected?

My eyes light up. I couldn’t stop driving to read that part of scripture that I had known by heart. And scrutinize it, line by line, for clearer Holy Spirit illumination. But I know where He is going.

Therefore put on the full armor of God. (Why?) So that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Ephesians 6:13/ New International Version (NIV)

Be Prepared Ahead – Put on the full Armor. Not Pray For Body Armor

Now I get it. We are required to have the full armor of God on, and not pray for it. God’s armor has protective gears to put on; a belt buckled around the waist, a breastplate, good rugged rough terrain tested boots. Also, a shield – whaoh, in addition to a breastplate, that’s some cover. Then an helmet and a sword or for modern day warfare, a good automatic riffle.

Can't Pray For Body Armor Against Toxic Workplace

Battle Ready For An Ongoing Warfare

You may have a nice and pleasant atmosphere in your workplace and always look forward to meeting up with quite a number of your work colleagues, each day. That is a place to keep the light on, ever shining.

However, your workplace may have it’s challenges. It may be toxic and a constant battlefield. A place to daily cringe. Not a pleasant place where love and good relationship flows. But that is why you are there.

Put on the full Armor, don’t just pray like you are asking for full body armor protection. Rather, pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, being alert; and always keep on praying!

You’ve Got An Indispensable Weapon

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:13-18/ The Message Bible (MSG)

Put on Love-It Binds Weapons Together

“Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].” Colossians 3:14/ Amplified Bible (AMP)

You’ve Got The Armor of God – But Can’t Pray For Body Armor Against Toxic Workplace

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit

18 And 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 Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. See Ephesians 6:10-18

Put on and Wrap Yourself and Others in Unselfish Love,

A highly effective weapon is only as good as the carrier and user. For you to be effective in the use of the armor of God, you need Love, unselfish Love. And that can seem to be tough in a competitive work environment. But where else do you need a drug/medication except where there is a sickness?

You cannot give what you do not have. So first, you need to do away with your own sinful stuffs and deaden any evil desires lurking within you. It is not an evil or shameful desire to have career growth ambition. And when spaces are limited, as they always will be, and battles are fierce for limited available slots, you need to ‘fight-on’ with love. While top contenders are seeking (or striving for) senior management attention with you, you may still need to help an ailing competitor/ friend or foe – and give an helping hand. Truth is, the person facing you in the mirror each morning is your real competition.

You Can’t Pray For Body Armor Against a Toxic Workplace – You Are the Armor

See, there are styles that you may have used before successful to compete in the work place when your life was still part of ‘this world’. You know, that your old self. But now, you are part of a new Christian Ethics workplace tribe, with new codes of working and language. It is therefore time to cast off and throw away all those former rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language. I mean, you don’t have to tell lies again to others to just look good, get an advantage or make someone else look bad. It was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing; now it is dead and gone.

You are now suppose to be living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right. And trying constantly to be more and more like Christ, who created this new life within you. In this new life, diversity and inclusion is key. One’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant. As a matter of fact, the arrogant, aggressive and annoying person in the office needs more of your love and care.

Even in a Toxic Work Environment, Be Gentle and Ne Ready to Forgive

And since you too have received a new kind of life from God through Christ, who made sure you got it fully loaded because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. He will take care of your needs and concerns as you conscientiously do you daily work far and above what is required.

So don’t worry crazy about making a good impression. But make the good impression with your quality work delivery, excellent leadership and superb interpersonal relationships. As always, there is a cost to living this type of life based on Christian Ethics. So be ready to suffer quietly and patiently if things go differently from plan. Even at those times (and as always), be gentle and be ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others, see Colossians 3:5-14 (Living Bible/TLB) to confirm this.

Finally, please don’t get this mixed up. I encourage you to rejoice always and pray without ceasing. To give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-20). Thank you for reading through. I want to believe you now understand why you can’t pray for body armor against a toxic workplace. You are the armor.

Again, “beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].”


Sometimes, in the midst of the chaos, we lose sight of the things that really matter.

Carta CPO, Suzy Walther/(www.hrdive.com)

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