Lord God, I ask you to raise up for ______________________ and me an armor bearer, someone who will stand with us and stand by us, someone who will be with us heart and soul and who will encourage us to do all that is in our heart. May these armor bearers help us put on your full armor so that we may be able to stand strong when the pressure is on. I pray that you will show us how we may be an armor bearer for someone we care about. Lord, I'm struck by the fact that we are never given the name of Jonathan's armor bearer. In a similar way, I pray that we will be willing to serve alongside someone else who may receive the credit and recognition for what you do through us. May we be content in the knowledge that we are known to you. Lord, I'm impressed again with Saul's impatience, how he began to inquire of you through the high priest but then told him to withdraw his hand before he had heard from you, in order to rush into battle. And we see in contrast how at every step Jonathan waited for an indication from you, a sign from you, that he was to proceed. May we all be careful to draw near to you at each step, to inquire of you, and wait to move until we have heard from you. Protect us from acting impulsively or rashly or getting out ahead of you. I pray that we will imitate Saul in confronting our spiritual enemies on every side. Prompt us to fight valiantly to see your will done and to see others delivered from the things that hold them in bondage. I pray that you will raise up many strong and valiant men to work alongside us in advancing your kingdom. I pray that you will instill in us the heart and attitude of Jonathan, especially his willingness to take risks, believing that no one can hinder you from saving by many or by few. May it be said of each one of us as it was said of Jonathan, he "has worked this great salvation; he has worked with God this day." In Jesus' name, amen.