The Faith of a Roman Officer
5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”
7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! 11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Dearest Jesus, I need faith like this. My faith is so “circumstantial” sometimes. You are the same Yesterday, Today and Forever; but I am nowhere near that reliable. You have poured Yourself into my heart through faith in You. All the faith, all the joy, all the peace and mercy; it’s already in there. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, guide me to get out of the way, so that more of You, with Your faith and strength, can come through me. I have prayed about a specific flaw in my life and asked you to put Your finger on the problem, now You have. I hear You, Lord, and I ask You to enable me to walk the walk you have called me to. Actually, I thank You before it even happens. You have never, ever failed to lead me and You never will. Thank You, Jesus, dearest King of my life. Continue to teach me to decrease, so that more and more of You shines through more and more of me.