There are so many horror stories in the news right now that I thought we needed a “faith fix”!
Matthew chapters 7-9 list several major miracles that Jesus did. I wanted to choose one to discuss here but then I realized that each of them has one important common thread, great faith!
In chapter 8 we read of the centurion who came and told Jesus that his servant was at home, paralyzed and in terrible pain. Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” To which 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 astonished and said to those following Him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”
In the 23rd verse of the same chapter Jesus got into a boat with His disciples and was going to take a little nap while they crossed to the other side, “Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us we’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”
The centurion’s belief in Jesus was so strong that he didn’t even need Him to go to his house, just speak the Word! The disciples were with Him every day, and saw Him do so many miracles, starting with turning water into the best wine of the day at a wedding, healing lame, raising dead, opening deaf ears, delivering people from demons and yet there they were on the boat with Him and they were afraid they were going to drown, now I have a problem with that!
This lack of faith happens every day, we get answers to our prayers and then when a crisis, large or small, occurs, we panic, “Help! I don’t know what I am going to do!” Well let us try to see ourselves as the centurion, with so much faith that we don’t have to have the minister lay hands on us or be anointed with oil or even be at church, although I highly recommend all the above, all have to do is say, “God, I need (insert your need, physical, financial, mental) and Jesus died on the cross so that I could approach Your throne boldly, so I am asking you in the name and through the blood of Jesus, to (heal me, supply my need, give me clarity of thought).” I can promise you that your faith will not go unanswered.
God is faithful. The old hymn says “Great is Thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see, all I have needed your hand has provided, Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.”
If your faith seems weak, cry out to the Lord as the father did in Mark 9:24 when he said, “Lord I believe, please help my unbelief!” God will not get mad at you for admitting that He will give you the help you need! We are His children and He gave his only Son so that we could come to Him any time we want to!
While our country is in crisis, the only way to come out of it is to pray 2Chronicles 7:14 and have great faith!