Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015 “That’s Super, Man!”

“Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.  Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands  and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.” (2 Kings 19: 15-19)

Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.”                     (2 Kings 19:35)

Good Morning My Dear Friends in Christ!

I wonder if you remember these introductory words from a very popular show of the 1950’s…”Faster than a speeding bullet…more powerful than a locomotive…able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…Look! Up in the sky…it’s a bird…it’s a plane…no, it’s “SUPERMAN.” How I loved that show as a kid. Superman was my hero. I used to pretend to be him, flying around the room…defeating many an enemy with supernatural “powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men”. Of course, “Superman” was fictional. I mean really! Who on earth could possibly possess “powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men?”  Only One from above, who came to earth and became mortal Himself. His Name isn’t “Superman”. He’s not fictional. He is Jesus Christ…Lord of all. Greater than all earthly armies, He commands legions of angels to do his bidding! How do we unleash His awesome power in times of trouble? The answer is through prayer. Consider the results of Hezekiah’s praying as it is recorded for us here in 2nd Kings 19. The Assyrian armies were mustering for battle, full of raw power, well-equipped to conquer. So what does poor Hezekiah do? He cries out to God, “deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.”” Hezekiah unleashed the power of the Almighty through prayer, and consider the results…”Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.”   Hezekiah lifted not a finger…but a prayer, and the battle was won! Author S.M. Sterling, in the book “The Sunrise Lands” writes,

 “Prayer is more powerful than armies, in the end”.

Faster than a speeding bullet…more powerful than a locomotive…far greater than the armies of this earth is our God whose awesome power is unleashed through the power of prayer. Now that is super…man! Let’s pray!

Glorious God; Awesome are You in power. Mighty are You in battle. Greater are You than the armies of this earth. Yours is the name above every name in heaven, on earth, or under the earth. How we praise You, Great God our Savior! Come into our hearts this day and strengthen us for the battles we face, confident of Your abiding presence and invincible power. This we pray in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen!

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