“After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.”
Luke 7:1-10 ESV
What was so significant about the centurion’s faith? What can we learn from the way this man believed in certainty of Christ’s healing power?
To the centurion, it made perfect sense that a simple word from Jesus would be obeyed, even by deathly illness. Do we struggle to believe in God’s absolute authority over affliction? Do past failures and tragedies hurt our expectation that the Lord will move on our behalf?
What does this passage teach us about Jesus’ heart for people? What does the story tell us about God’s nature?
When we lead people in worship and prayer, how can we lift them up to the Lord with faith like the centurion’s?
Jesus, help us to be a people that call on your name with tremendous faith. Remind us that your glory and ability to heal our hurts is not limited by distance, time, or our own weakness. You are the conqueror and you have overcome the world. Let us intercede like the centurion did for his servant. Give us courage to bring the need’s of those we love to you, Jesus. Then, we ask, give us the faith to pray in the Spirit to see your healing and kingdom come. You’re so good to us, Father. We know you love to save your children. Grow our faith, in the name of Jesus. Amen.