Matthew 8:8-10 “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
If there is one spiritual possession I would want to have it would be great faith. But it would be foolish of me to think that there is such measures of faith. Oh yes, Jesus questioned His disciples to say, “Where is your faith?” as if it were non-existent.
Matthew 8:26 “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”
In a ship with them, He rebuked the wind and the water and they obeyed Him. Prior to this, they had also seen other miracles, so, one would ask;
‘If you saw how He cured that man, healed another, fed the five thousand, why wouldn’t you believe He could save you?’
Matthew 14:26 “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.”
The disciples saw something they had never seen before – a man walking on water. Fear arose in their hearts, but Jesus caled all their fears.
Matthew 14:27 “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.“
Peter then felt faith rise in him.
Matthew 14:27 “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”
The Lord said one word – “Come.”
Outside of Jesus Christ, the only other human being recorded to have walked on water was Peter.
Fear was the great enemy of Peter’s faith. Fear for his life and his safety kept him from reaching Jesus. Think of it; if Peter had reached Jesus, would it have emboldened the others to step out also?
The greatness in the centurion’s faith was not in the amount, but the exercise of it. He fully believed Jesus to be the Son of God. He fully trusted that He had command, as God, to do as He would. He also, being a man in authority knew that in the position that Jesus held, He could just speak the word and it would be done – just as he commanded the thousand soldiers under him.
Faith grows the more we apply it. When I know that what I ask of God is something in His will, I can ask believing that He will. I can ask for healing in the most impossible of situations because He healed a leper, raised the dead and cause the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the lame to walk.
The great fear is placing expectations on ‘how’ He will answer. If I pray believing He can, but do not leave provision for Him to exercise His will over mine, I may fall prey to thinking God does not care.
Keeping a prayer journal is something that will help to increase our faith. Recording answers to prayer in times when I am weak, helps me to understand that He does and He will in His time – but He DOES answer!
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