Through God’s strength – the Breastplate of St. Patrick

Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph 6:11

I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me: God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s host to shield me – from the Breastplate of St. Patrick

Written sometime between the 4th and 9th centuries, this ancient prayer is thought to be a response to the Ephesians passage about the whole armor of God. The emphasis is on God’s protecting power rather than the strength of the wearer.

Lord, not by my strength, but Yours, I stand clad in the protection You’ve provided me.