Harpoon missile prayers

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IMG_2862Recommissioned by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the USS Iowa saw action in the Persian Gulf War. Her frontward deck turrets make for impressive pictures, but their storied blasting power ceded to superior weapons: the Harpoon missiles.

IMG_2906When I visited the Iowa with my family on Memorial Day in the Los Angeles Harbor, a sailor told how he launched harpoon missiles to simultaneously strike from three different directions an Iranian oil rig where they were mining waters. The poor Iranian Guardsmen had no idea where the attack was coming from when three harpoon missiles all struck from different directions at the same time. It was that easy. Just program the computer and push the button.

LOVE the mustache of this guy!

LOVE the mustache of this guy!

That sounds like prayer to me. 1) Program the computer = praying. 2) Push the button = God acts. And KABLOOM! The devil and his minions are annihilated.

The war goes on. So there is a continued need for prayer. In the Old Testament, Biblical authors used the imagery at hand to describe God: “He is a strong tower.” Well, in the age of technology, a tower is not very strong anymore. Maybe we should sing about God being our Harpoon missile system.

IMG_2858You don’t neutralize threats by sending Hallmark cards. You must pray:

  • for your children
  • for your parents
  • for your relatives
  • for your pastor
  • for your church
  • for your friends and neighbors
  • for finances
  • for health
  • for the advance of the gospel worldwide
warfare prayer

The LA Fire Department’s firefighting tug for ship fires in the harbor put on a show for the Memorial Day tourists.

It would be ideal to live in world without war. But since terrorists fly planes into building to kill civilians for Allah-knows-what reason, there is war. Similarly, the devil is raging war, and we can only counteract his threat with spiritual action. He’s not interested in signing peace. He’ll sign peace only to get us to unilaterally lay down our weapons (prayer). He has no intention of ceasing from his hostile opposition to God’s kingdom.


25 responses to “Harpoon missile prayers

  1. Christian Living for Today Blog

    Amen. Beautiful post.

  2. What an illustration for the power of prayer; I’ve never been on USS Iowa but love the pictures I see of that battleship

  3. As always this spoke directly to my heart tonight. Our daughter left, what she called “her country” last night to once again flee for safety. “Her country” is a Muslim country that kills American missionaries. That is “Her country” because God called her to it. She is our daughter because God gave her to us but we in turn gave her back to Him. I know she is still alive because of prayer. Should she not make it safely to her designated safe land in 3 days, she will still be where she is because of prayer. God hears our prayers! Every one of our prayers!

  4. Amen! Your post is right on target (no pun intended). May God bless your ministry abundantly!

  5. There is a light and dark side to everything. I was told by an ex-military person here recently about some of the hush hush missions. Military is NOT the answer as I listened. Even though military in some cases is used as a defense against abuse, like a story I read about young children, where a mother was upset with her son for not defending himself from abuse. Are we defending or are we the intigators. Do we know the truth or are we lied too. I agree PRAYER is the answer for it comes from ones heart, as we too make choices. The choices we make are not always easy but look and see Jesus told them to lay down the sword and turn cheeks. Where is Faith?

    • Hmmmm. I hope you didn’t think I was advocating military intervention. I was more interested in the comparison than Aermican war policy. My blog is about prayer. The military technology only makes me think about prayer much like David in the Psalms compared God to warfare. I realize that using the ocmparison could lead somone to believe I’m a hawk, but in reality it is for the purpose of prayer. And, yes, I do think the military metaphor is valid for prayer. We are praying against an enemy. Our struggle is not agains flesh and blood. Hope this helps! πŸ˜€

      • Pastor Mike, I today do not remember exactly how I took it, but all is well, I know you mean well in your posts as I do in my posts and responses. I never mean to contradict anyone but sometimes what I say may appear that way when all I do is show another view. There is so many ways in this world to take things and so much to consume that without God in our life helping us cope and understand we could very well fall into a state of insanity. Sometimes myself I feel like I am standing on the edge of the abyss. It is God who keeps my feet stable, my mind well, as well as my heart. Thank You.

  6. Reblogged this on RG's 2 Cents and commented:
    Fantastic Analogy!

  7. Love your heart for prayer!

    Thank you for the insight, reminder, analogies and direction!

  8. This is awesome!! Love the analogy. It truly helps make prayer more visual for me. Thank you.

  9. hey buddy, i just wanted to give you a heads up that I just switched to a self-hosted domain, so if you want my blog to still show up in your reader through WordPress.com you need to go to your reader and click Edit List next to Blogs I Follow, and add robertmudge.net. thank you. i don’t want to lose you as a reader or a follower πŸ™‚

  10. Then sings my soul. . . .


  12. This is amazing… I am in the Army, but my Grandfather actually developed the Harpoon missile. A first generation, sea skimming, cruise missile. I have pictures of him next to the prototype and his records from McDonale Douglas.

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