Just say the word and my servant will be healed.
Matthew 8, 8
A captain had a sick servant whom he held in high esteem. He went to Jesus and asked Him for help. Jesus wanted to come and make him well, but the captain refused: I am not worthy for you to enter my house; just say the word and my servant will be healed. You know, I also have to obey orders and my men must obey my orders. Jesus was amazed at this faith and the servant was healed from the hour.
The captain knew the conditions in the invisible world of heaven. He knew about the angels and powers and he felt it was like being in the army. Therefore, it was not difficult for him to believe that one word of Jesus was enough to heal the seriously ill servant who lay paralyzed and full of pain at home. If Jesus is really the Messiah, the Redeemer and Saviour, then one word is enough. If He is not the Messiah, He does not need to come at all, because it does not help.
So the question for us is what we believe: Does Jesus have the power or not? Does Jesus want to heal and help or does He lack the will? Is He not interested in us?
We know: He died on the cross in terrible pain so that we might be saved. HE loves us until death. God raised Him from the dead and now He sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Yes, He will speak a word so that His servants may be restored to health, free and redeemed. For HE loves us and HE has the power. He is not indifferent.
Just as the centurion set out in search of Jesus, so do we: in silence or in common prayer, we wait for a word from Jesus. And we follow it.
Sometimes we block ourselves by not forgiving and giving room to bitterness. Sometimes it is curses that lie upon us. Sometimes it is simply disobedience to God. Where is the blockage? How can we remove it? HE has a word for us, in the Bible, in silence or through a brother. HE wants to heal, save, redeem.
Thank You Jesus, You have never changed! You love Your people, every one of them! You want to bring help and we are waiting for You! Come and help. Thank You, Jesus.