The prayer meeting was very good. We praised God and shared two testimonies of God’s provision and grace. Nobody in the congregation felt sleepy. That is always a good sign. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to come and move in our midst. He came down and moved! We prayed for one another, two by two. We rejoiced in the presence of God! Then the message came:
“Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed” (Mt 8:8)
The Centurion was a Roman soldier, probably the commander-in-chief at Capernaum. Most soldiers lack reverence for God. They are rough. Yet this man was religious and humble. This combination is very rare to find. But God has His remnant among all sorts of people. As a Roman soldier he represented the oppressor of the Jews. But Christ favored him. This is a great lesson: love your enemies. Do good to them! Do not be over-interested in politics until you grieve the Holy Spirit!
The leper Jesus healed was a Jew. The centurion was a Gentile. Jesus had compassion on both Jew and Gentile. His marvelous light started to shine! By healing his servant the word of old Simeon begins to be fulfilled:
“A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” (Lk 2:32)
Jesus healed the Jew with a touch but the Gentile with a Word, at a distance. The faith of the Centurion is greater than that of the Jew. Christ is more magnified in the Gentiles. God is not a respecter of men. Observe the attitude of the Centurion. He was very humble. He was the opposite of Naaman the Syrian, also a Centurion who was sick and proud. He sees something deeper in Christ. He believes that Christ is sovereign, even above Caesar, for he calls Him Lord. The Centurion is loving and caring. Others came to Christ to heal their children. This is the only example when somebody came on behalf of his servant. This is a wonderful example to us all. It is the duty of the master to care for his servants. This centurion did not abandon his sick servant like the wicked Amalekite master did (1Sa 30:13). He did not send him to his friends or family. He tried to find a cure for him. The servant could not have done more for the master, than the master did here for the servant. To be successful, intercession needs the background of love that never fails. The true compassion of Christ must enter your very heart, your bones, before you can be called a true Man (Woman) of God!
What do you need when praying for a miracle? Your needs and problems, your difficult circumstances, these are not important. You may need healing, financial or other breakthrough, spiritual or material. Just remember! For God, all things are possible. Also, for the man who has faith in God, all things are possible. As your faith increases, you become a stable believer, mature and fruitful, just like Jesus. Signs and wonders shall follow you! It is written!
Personally, I want to be like Jesus. Don’t you? Jesus never prayed any prayer that was not answered. This is a question: What are the conditions for a miracle? True humility, the knowledge of personal un-worthiness, combined with faith in the power of the Word of Jesus, in the power of His grace!!! This combination is spiritual dynamite! In all situations, what do I do? I pray! After that, I rest, trusting God for His provision for me. He has never disappointed me. Even when I thought I should be disappointed by His choice for me, I discovered that God gave me something better than I planned for myself. God has ‘upgraded’ me many times. So why worry?