Daily Devotional: Day 104
“The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8, NKJV).
A Roman centurion reported to Jesus that his servant was paralyzed and tormented. Jesus, therefore, assured the centurion that he would go with him and heal his servant. But strangely, the centurion answered that he wasn’t worthy for Jesus to enter his house. He told Jesus to only speak a word, and his servant would be healed.
The centurion was a high-ranking military officer in ancient Rome. He understood how authority worked. He was used to giving orders as well as obeying orders. In his line of work, a man in a position of authority got things done by speaking a simple word of command. The centurion approached Jesus with this understanding of authority and words. He believed that Jesus was a Man with great spiritual authority. Consequently, he believed that it wasn’t necessary for Jesus to walk all the way to his house to get his servant healed. He believed that all Jesus had to do was to use His authority, give the command, and the miracle would happen. Jesus was amazed at the simplicity and depth of the centurion’s faith.
One word with authority is better than a thousand words with no authority.
When you have the right authority, and you know that you have authority, you won’t need a lot of words to get things done. All you need is to speak a word and your authority will back the word for the right outcome to be produced. Understanding this biblical principle is vital for our faith and prayer life. We don’t have to do a lot to move God to do something for us. Faith is a simple exercise. We don’t need to jump through emotional loops to get God to move. Once we understand spiritual authority like the centurion did, our prayer life will become simple but effective. Let’s trust in the authority and power of Jesus’ Name. That’ll suffice.
Father, thank you for the authority we have through the new birth. Thank you for the power and authority of Jesus’ Name. Help me to operate in simple faith, trusting in your supernatural ability to hear and deliver me. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: 1 Kings 18:20-40