I had breakfast the other day with a friend, and we shared our stuff and prayed for each other. Part of my encouragement to him was to read and get to know Ephesians 6:10-17 to help him with the spiritual warfare he faced in stepping out to trust God in every area of his life.
As we left, we got on the topic of him playing ice hockey when he was growing up in Michigan, and I just popped off and suggested he translate the Ephesians passage with hockey gear since we knew nothing about armor in Paul's day.
So, he did, and here is how Ephesians 6:10-17 reads to a hockey player:
10- A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power to score. 11-Put on all of God’s shoulder, thigh, knee and shin pads, so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the opposing team.12- For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world and against evil spirits in heavenly places that have stolen the cup!
13-Therefore, put on every piece of God's padding so you be able to resist the opposing team on the power play. Then after the game you will be able to raise the cup!14- Stand your ground in defense of this holy grail! Tie the laces of truth and put on the pads of righteousness.15- For skates, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16-In addition to all of these, may your goalie represent the shield of faith to stop the fiery pucks of the devil 17-Put on salvation as your helmet, and tape up your stick of the spirit, which is the word of God.
There you have it! A hockey player's prayer. I don't play hockey, but this makes sense to me! Thanks, friend, for opening the Word of God to us in a new way.
Now, put on the pads, and let's get in the game!