Do you seek the Lord

Do you seek the Lord Jesus with confidence and pray with expectant faith?

A Roman official boldly sought Jesus with a daring request. What made him

confident that Jesus would receive his request and act favourably towards him?

Like a true soldier, he knew the power of command. And he saw in Jesus both

the power and the mercy of God to heal and restore life. In the Roman world

the position of centurion was very important. He was an officer in charge of a

hundred soldiers. In a certain sense, he was the backbone of the Roman army,

the cement which held the army together. Historians have described the

centurion as: “They must not be so much venturesome seekers after danger

as men who can command, steady in action, and reliable. They ought not to

be over-anxious to rush into the fight, but when hard pressed, they must be

ready to hold their ground, and die at their posts.”

The centurion who approached Jesus was not only courageous, but faith-filled

as well. He risked the ridicule of his Roman companions by seeking help from

a Jewish preacher from Galilee, as well as mockery from the Jews who

despised Roman occupation of their land. Nonetheless, this centurion

approached Jesus with confidence and humility. Augustine of Hippo (354-430

AD) notes that the centurion regarded himself as unworthy to receive the Lord

into his house: “Humility was the door through which the Lord entered to take

full possession of one whom he already possessed.” The centurion was an

extraordinary man because he loved his slave. In the Roman world slaves were

treated like animals rather than people. The centurion was also an

extraordinary man of faith. He believed that Jesus had the power to heal his

beloved slave. Jesus commends him for his faith and immediately grants him

his request.

Are you willing to suffer ridicule in the practice of your faith? And when you

need help, do you approach the Lord Jesus confidently with expectant faith?

“Lord Jesus you came to set us free from the tyranny of sin, selfishness, and

fear. Increase our faith in the power of your saving word and give me joy and

freedom to love and serve others generously for their sake just as you have

generously laid down your life for my sake.”