Recently at the Belfrey we were challenged by Randy Clark to ask God with expectancy. He used the words of James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask God.”
In the May of 1940 two spitfire pilots patrolling the Norwegian fjords spotted something that made their blood run cold. It was a giant German battleship. Even into the Second World War the allied navies of Britain and America were still limiting their ship building according to a disarmament agreement with Germany from WWI. Hitler however had secretly built the largest ship ever constructed, the 42,800 ton Bismarck; some 22% bigger than anything in the allied fleets. She had 8 giant 15” guns and 80 smaller guns capable of bringing down allied aircraft. Her massive engines could propel her to an incredible 30 knots.
Massively outgunned, the British cruiser HMS Hood was destroyed by Bismarck in a 10 minute engagement in May 1941. She was then spotted off the coast of Sweden. The British did have a squadron of First World War Fairy Swordfish biplanes operating off the deck of the Ark Royal that could reach the ship, each carrying a single torpedo. But they knew that their largest torpedoes were insufficiently powerful to penetrate the massively (up to 9”) thick plate protecting the Bismarck. Nevertheless an aerial attack was launched before the battleship could reach the safety of occupied France and be lost.
Almost every plane received damage from the multiple anti-aircraft guns as they carried out their assault. As many as 175 holes were counted in a single plane, but all made it back safely to the carrier. Only one confirmed hit on the mighty battleship was reported. But, this one hit was significant. The Bismarck had been damaged in her only vulnerable spot, the rudder. Its steering gear was so crippled that she could now only steer in circles. This allowed the British to bring up naval reinforcements who converged on the stricken ship and on May 27th she was sent to the bottom of the ocean.
We often do not pray because we perceive our prayers to be weak, insufficiently powerful to destroy the giants we face. But like torpedoes, only prayers that are launched can be directed by the Divine hand to the enemy’s vulnerable spots.
James said in 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask…”
Jesus said, “Whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Our prayers release God to do what He is intending to do.
Paul and Angelita Ogle lead the Belfrey Group - 'Germinators'