UNPACK This…Inspiring Stories From The NFL’s Biggest Stage

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Devotional
“When the Super Bowl Lost its Power”

Super Bowl XLVII was one of the most memorable games ever. Facing off on the big stage in 2013 were the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers – a marquee matchup between brothers, Jim and John Harbaugh. But what took place in the third quarter to make that night so unforgettable couldn’t have been predicted by either of these competitive head coaches.

The Ravens were winning 28-6 when almost all of the lights in the New Orleans Superdome went out. The most important football game of the year was stopped for 34 minutes because of a crazy power outage.

The reality is, a Super Bowl can’t effectively operate unless it has the needed power. There can be players, coaches, TV cameras, and fans, but without power and light, they are just left in the dark.

When the power returned, the game’s momentum changed, but the Ravens held off the 49ers’ comeback with an epic 34-31 win. This unusual situation can serve to remind us how important and valuable it is to have power in our own lives. When we surrender our lives to Jesus and pursue His will, God’s power is readily available to us.

If we try to operate in our own strength with limited power, we end up finding ourselves in the dark. But if we want to walk in the light and accomplish amazing works for the Lord, we must rely on His power to lead and strengthen us.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Many saw the difference between a Super Bowl with power and a Super Bowl without power. Keeping that in mind, let’s choose to live with God’s full power working in us and through us.

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, you are powerful and wonderful. I pray that I wouldn’t try to live life in my own strength, but instead submit fully to your power that’s inside of me and available to help accomplish much more than I could ever imagine. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.