by Heather Tietz
The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.“ Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour.
Matthew 8:8, 13
Thanks to the Roman military, Rome ruled most of the Middle East during Jesus’ lifetime.
Their military was powerful. Undoubtedly, the Roman centurion in today’s verse was a commanding man, used to directing nearly 100 soldiers.
He had a soft heart. He didn’t come to Jesus for his health or even for that of his family. He reached for one of his servants. Instead of sending a messenger or a letter to Jesus, he took the time; he made an effort to come himself.
Jesus was so impressed with this humble, untrained heart, this non-Jewish citizen, who had likely never celebrated a holy day or sacrificed at the Jewish temple.
The centurion came to Jesus with the faith of a child, knowing perhaps nothing more about this rabbi than that he cared for sick people.
God loves soft hearts, humble hearts, that say, “I don’t deserve it, but I believe You can help me!”
Jesus was impressed with the Roman centurion perhaps because his attitude was so rare.
We should bring our requests to God humbly too.
I recognize You are all knowing and all powerful.
I am not worthy of Your grace. I haven’t earned Your love and attention, but I need it.
I need Your help with (list whatever problems you are having).
I believe that You will help me in the way You know is best.
I trust You.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.