Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-9;Matthew 8:5-11
“Only say the word and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8)
If the heater stopped working in your home, would you call a florist to fix it? Of course not! You would look for someone who could determine the problem and repair it. So where would you turn if you faced a difficult challenge in your life? You’d look for an authority who could offer real help, wouldn’t you? Well, there is One who formed you, has a plan for you, and knows you by name. And he is always eager to answer whenever you call!
The centurion was in desperate need. When his trusted servant became ill, he recalled the stories he had heard about Jesus’ miracles. Perhaps he had even witnessed some of the healings. Whatever he saw, he was sure of one thing: Jesus was a man of authority. He spoke, and his words were obeyed. Because he understood what it meant to be under authority, this soldier knew he needed to find Jesus.
Try something different in your prayer today. Before you begin telling Jesus about your needs, proclaim what you believe about who Jesus is. Spend time pondering his authority—but not in an abstract, theoretical way. Don’t just say he is the Prince of Peace; invite him to reign over you in justice and love. Don’t just think about his death on the cross; praise him for removing your guilt and shame. Don’t just announce that he has come to set us free; ask him to break chains of bondage in your life—perhaps long-standing patterns of sin or deeply entrenched attitudes of fear or cynicism.
When Jesus heard the centurion, he praised him for his faith. Not only did this man believe, he let his beliefs form and shape his prayer. Because he combined his faith with his petitions, the centurion was that much more open to Jesus’ power to heal and save. So connect your faith and your prayer. Declare that Jesus has all authority. Honor and praise him for his power and his love. Declare that he is your Savior, Wisdom, and Strength. Let him speak his word, and know that your soul will be healed.
“Jesus, I believe that you have every answer for my life. I rejoice in your authority and your compassion. You, Lord, are my greatest hope.” ~wau