Tuesday, May 5, 2015
As I was quickly reading my Bible in the dark of morning (before littles awake), the story of a Roman centurion stood out to me. A centurion is a military official. As I read, my friend Anna texted they are praying with "centurion faith" (Anna's blog link) Coincidence? No way. It was a tiny miracle to bolster my discouraged heart. This morning, by His grace, I prayed with "centurion faith." Here's the story from the book of Matthew about the Roman Centurion and his faith:
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith...
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. Matthew 8:5-10, 8:13
Lately I've been reading my favorite parts of the Bible- the books called Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I'll never tire of these because they are accounts of the life of Jesus written by these four men who knew him. I especially love the quotes of his actual words- the One who gave all out of love for the least of us. It's all about True Love and His heart for those of us who are a mess. If you are in need of True Love, here are links to the first chapter of each book. There are arrows on each page to the next chapters...