Command & Control: The Power of Jesus
June 1, 2023

In WWII, Patton’s Third Army was bogged down by bad weather.  The terrible wind, rain, and cloud cover prevented planes from providing close air support, slowed down and demoralized soldiers, and prevented tanks from maneuvering.  The storms just seemed to have no end, and every lost day gave the Germans another day to fortify defenses.  Patton, who was a strong believer in prayer, called his chaplain into his office and ordered him to write a weather prayer that would be distributed to all the troops.  Patton knew that the best solution to his predicament lay in turning to Jesus Christ for the answer.  The chaplain complied, even though he had never before prayed for weather!  The storms cleared one day after the prayer was distributed, and the weather remained clear for 6 days.  The Lord miraculously responded to this prayer of faith. 

In phase 1 part 2 of the Military Bible Challenge, we look at the miracles of Jesus. Many people in the time of Jesus claimed to be the promised Messiah, the Anointed One—the Prophet, Priest, and King. But Jesus did more than just say who He was.  He demonstrated that He, and He alone, was the one true Messiah, the Son of God.  By his miracles, He showed both his compassion for all people, and that he is Lord (and Commander) over all things.   

Nothing that you are facing in your life is greater than the power of Jesus Christ. 

Part 2 of the Military Bible Challenge — in the new app, online, or in print — is a 5 day study that covers just a few of the powerful miracles performed by Jesus Christ, proving that He is indeed the Lord of All. 

  • Day 1: calming a storm | “Navigating Rough Waters 
  • Day 2: healing the Centurion’s servant | “Divine Medevac” 
  • Day 3: feeding over 5000 people | “Field Rations” 
  • Day 4: healing two blind men | “Night Ops” 
  • Day 5: raising Lazarus from the dead | “Supreme Commander”  

These few examples alone demonstrate the breadth and scope of the power of Jesus to act in our lives.  Nature itself had to obey when ordered by Jesus.  Disease and affliction were no challenge to Him.  When his followers were without food one day, he provided in abundance.  He was even more powerful than death itself.  As Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Studying the power of Jesus Christ is a force multiplier for your own Christian life. 

  • It restores your hope 
  • It encourages your faith 
  • It reminds you of the power of prayer 

So, why not accept the challenge and join us? 

  • This summer: We’ll complete the Military Bible Challenge together in the new MBC app. (Apple / Android)
  • Weekly: We’ll provide encouragement and clarity in our social content and on the ASM blog.
  • Daily: There will be reflections and reminders in our social stories.