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Let It Be Done For You as You Have Believed

Interesting section of reading yesterday in our 30 Days With JesusMatthew 8:5-13:

Photo by hans s5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, [1] ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel [2] have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

A Roman Centurion is praised for his great faith.  He knew what it was like to be in authority, having his orders followed unquestioned.  I imagine he routinely gave orders and never even bothered to confirm they were carried out because he just knew they would be.

And he translates that life experience to his spiritual life.  He knows the authority he has, recognizes that Jesus has even more authority, and insists that Jesus need not trouble Himself with traveling to the Centurion’s house. 

I suppose praying is only part of the answer to our problems.  The other half—perhaps the greater piece, actually—is believing that Jesus not only has the authority to answer our prayers, but that He will.

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4 responses

  1. wellwateredgarden

    One of the greatest problems for believers is actually believing that God cares for ME. Yes, God loves the world, but does He love me?

    We tend to associate faith with knowledge. We know the promises of God but hesitate to add our faith to them because we are afraid of failure.

    Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7) And when we are confronted with this teaching someone will always dilute it with a statement something like, “Yes, but you can’t just ask for anything you want, you know.” Or, “We can ask for things but God knows what is best for us.”

    Jesus also said that believers would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. (Mark 16) But we are so afraid of failure that this sort of faith is seldom exercised.

    Paul said that all the promises of God are ‘yes’ in Christ (2 Cor 1) but who actually believes that?

    Yes, praying is part of the answer, but by far the greater part is actually believing that what Jesus taught is the truth, and that Jesus will back up His word in response to our faith. (check the last verse of Mark 16)

    Thanks for the post, keep it up. God bless and keep you!!

    March 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for all the additional references to look up. Prayer is a fun topic!

      March 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm

  2. wellwateredgarden

    There is a time to pray for God’s guidance, even as Jesus did, and there is a time to step out boldly and act like a serious believer.

    We know that God, through the Holy Spirit, gives gifts to believers (1 Cor 12) and life gets very exciting when we start to realize our gift(s) and start to exercise them for the benefit of the gospel and to prove to people that God is as good as His word.

    I find that these are pretty much always personal matters and operate best without the confinement of the ‘church’ which generally acts by committee and one person’s faith is easily canceled out by another’s doubt and fear.

    When thinking about the prophets of old we will realize they pretty much always acted alone, as did the New Testament strong believers … Peter, Stephen, Philip, Paul, etc. Check the list of Biblical ‘heroes’ recorded in Hebrews 11 and you find no committees there either. At most they might have acted by twos, but that’s it.

    So, don’t look for your church (with some encouraging exceptions) to be too supportive of you if you want to be more than a pew warmer. But God will support you and you will be well rewarded. -Heb 11:6

    The way i see it, anyway … peace!

    March 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    • I agree that many of the Biblical “heroes” in Hebrews 11 stood out and acted outside of committees, but I also believe there are powerful things that happen when people work together. The stereotypical church committee is indeed largely ineffective, which is why I’m glad we don’t employ that method at First Trinity.

      However, we firmly believe in the increased effectiveness of serving as a single body of Christ, not solely as individuals. Missions is a great example at our church. Some are gifted to be missionaries. Others are gifted to be prayer warriors. Still others are gifted to give their time and financial resources to get us there.

      It’s not a single person acting, but the entire body of Christ, serving in unified purpose. At the same time, we are each members of the body serving in our own spheres of influence—our families, offices, and schools.

      March 20, 2009 at 10:20 am

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