My husband and I like to take early morning prayer walks. One morning as we were walking and praying, Daniel asked God to put an "iron dome" over those we were bringing to Him. We have used that phrase many times since. Just as the iron dome in the news is designed to intercept and destroy rockets fired toward Jerusalem, God has told us to take up our "iron dome." "Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16).
Israel's iron dome reportedly destroys 90 percent of the missiles launched against them. But the word "all" Paul used in this verse means "every kind of variety." With our shield of faith, we can protect from every kind of attack the enemy sends. Our faith-filled prayers can defend from "all the fiery darts of the wicked one" (KJV).
When "bad" things do happen, we put up our shield of faith, and say, "Father, You promised that You would make "all things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28). Satan may have intended his flaming arrow to cause harm, but God intends it for good for those who trust Him. (Gen. 50:20) We confidently pray, "I trust You to bring good in this situation because 'You are the ruler of all things' and 'all things serve you.'" (1 Chron. 29:12; Ps. 119:91).
The fiery darts Satan hurls at us can often be labeled "fear" or "worry." Nothing creates that the "iron dome" of faith more effectively than praising Him in the midst of trouble. We praise because we wholeheartedly trust that in His unfailing love God will cause "even this" to serve His good purposes.
Dear Lord, thank You for protecting those for whom we pray when we trust You. And thank You that our fears disappear when we express our confidence in Your promises with praise.
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." (Heb. 11:1 NLT)