God has authority over our circumstances. He is able to make transformational change in our lives. The story of the centurion’s faith is a story of trusting Jesus to use his authority in our lives. Just say the word, Jesus. That’s the centurion prayer we can offer up today…
1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
The centurion knew what it meant to have authority and be under authority. He was part of the Roman forces in Israel at the time, yet he also seemingly had quite an affection for the people of Israel and their faith. He helped build their synagogue. And so he was a soldier who was also a member of their community in a strong sense.
The centurion had faith in Jesus and took him at his words. That’s the authority connection. As a person who lived in authority relationships, he knew that Jesus just needed to say the word. When the person with ultimate authority says the word, action happens. No bones about it. Action.
Just say the word, Jesus, and my servant will be healed. You don’t even need to come to my house, Jesus. Just say the word. The centurion’s faith was larger than life.
Do you have that kind of faith in Jesus? Do you have the faith to leave it with Jesus and do you trust that he can say the word and heal you?
That’s the lesson of the centurion. It’s not a lesson about authority, although Jesus was definitely proving his authority at the time. And maybe if you don’t understand Jesus’ authority that’s a message for you also. God has authority over our circumstances. He is able to make transformational change happen in our lives.
Just say the word, Jesus. Can you say that today? I am. Jesus, you know what I am frustrated by and what situation I face. You know how uncertain and defeated it can make me feel. And whether you might provide healing or even hasten the process with the doctors, I know you can say the word. Say the word, Jesus.
Say the word…