How God Uses Ordinary Superheroes
Updated: May 25, 2019
I’ll never forget the day I saw my second-grade teacher washing her hands in the bathroom.
I was appalled. I thought, Teachers don’t need to wash their hands in the bathroom. . . What is she doing in here?
I couldn’t imagine my teacher would need to do such ordinary things. In my 7-year-old mind, I had unknowingly categorized her as super-human, forgetting she was a person just like me.
But she was.
Have you ever thought we may be guilty of the same thing when we reflect on Bible characters? Moses, Noah, Abraham. . . we tend to elevate them to a place of extreme superiority: a place free from the mundane, free from temptation, failure, or just everyday life.
Perhaps we unknowingly categorize them as superheroes.
Listen to James 5:17. “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.”
Did you catch that? Elijah was not super-human. James is careful to say that despite Elijah’s unthinkable power in prayer, he was a man with a nature like ours.
He had good days and he had bad days.
We have good days and we have bad days.
Nonetheless, we should never let bad days or even bad weeks steal the incredible confidence we can experience before God in prayer. Hebrews even tells us to approach God with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). And the basis of our confidence is NEVER our own good. It is only through what Jesus Christ has done (Hebrews 10:19).
I'm convinced that God is not looking for super-hero saints. He’s looking for ordinary people who are pining after Him, hungry for His presence, and bold enough to get on their knees and ask Him to move on their behalf.
Like Elijah, and like you and me. It’s the life of the ordinary intersecting with the power of the Almighty.
If you’ve lacked confidence in prayer over the last few weeks, months, or even years, don’t disqualify yourself from praying with power. Guilt only wastes time. Remember the example of Elijah, “He was a man with a nature like ours.”
Come before God, confess your sin, and boldly pray His promises.
"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." 2 Chron. 16:9