5 – And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 – And saying, Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 – And Jesus said unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 – The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 – For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. 10 – When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 – And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 – But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 – And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto you. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
The centurion man had a complex challenge. His servant was seriously healed. In Mathew 8:6, He told Jesus, “Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.” It was grievous! Peradventure, they have taken him to hospitals and the sickness defiled all treatments despites all the money they have spent. But at last, the healer called Jesus Christ showed up and with some simple steps, the centurion got his desire concerning the healing of his servant.
What are the simple steps taken by the centurion that precipitated into his desired miracles? You too can take the same steps concerning the challenge you are facing or that is facing you.
- Stand Up to Your Feet and Search for Solution (Vs 5): The centurion man was already on his feet looking for solution to his predicament before Jesus entered the city. He didn’t sit down brooding over it. Meanwhile, he was mindful of consulting the wrong person. No sooner than he heard about the entrance of Jesus into Capernaum that he located him.
- Speak up and Pray to God (Vs 6): Jesus was the first person the Centurion spoke to. You may not see Jesus face to face again, but you can commune with him in prayer. The man didn’t discuss his problem with just anybody, those that would add salt to His injury. He only opened up to those that can help him in the right way.
- Brace up and belief that God has heard your prayers (Vs 7): Jesus said to the centurion, I will come and heal him.” Our God is one that readily answers our prayers unlike some other gods that cannot hear, that cannot walk, that cannot see and that people do feed. Even before you speak, he has already known, and he’s already sharing your groaning with you. He only wants you to speak to fulfil the universal spiritual injunction of “Ask and you shall receive.”
- Belief that God has answered your prayers by faith (Vs 8 – 10): God always hears prayers. But hearing prayers is different from answering prayers. Many people belief that God has heard us when we pray, though only few belief that God has answered. Hence, whenever you pray, besides believing that he has heard, also belief that he has answered. Our God answers by fire, and instantly like in the days of Elijah, even in the time of Jesus Christ. And, “He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.
- Belief in His Word Concerning the Challenge (Vs 13): There is nothing new under heaven. Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 10:13 says, “There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.” I bet it with you, “Your challenge is common!” So far you don’t see people with the same challenge around you, does not make it uncommon. Besides, if you look into that Bible by your side, you will see a similar case like yours and even worse ones. And he had already speaking about your situation and he is still repeating it. Just belief the word and your challenge shall become the thing of the past. And Jesus said unto the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so be it done unto you. And his (the centurion’s) servant was healed in the selfsame hour.”
Wishing you a challenge-free week! (Sunday, July 7 to Saturday, July 13, 2019).