The Basis of Faith

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The centurion was considered “worthy.” That was why the Jewish elders thought Jesus should help him. He had “earned” the right to have his prayer answered. Many people share this attitude toward prayer, believing that we need to “earn” God’s help.

But the centurion had a completely different understanding. He was motivated by compassion for his slave. Jesus started to go visit the man, but the centurion knew that he was “not worthy” for Jesus to visit his home. However, he understood the principle of authority, so he toldJesus, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (v. 7).

Jesus “marveled” at his response, for this Roman demonstrated that he grasped the essence of faith. He realized that God’s heart is moved by faith, when we realize our hopelessness without Him and place our absolute trust in Him.

The centurion’s faith was based on a total dependence on Jesus and on his understanding of Jesus’ authority. Even though he personally was not worthy of Jesus’ action, he knew that Jesus had authority to do anything! He also realized that Jesus was not limited by space or time—He just needed to speak the word, from anywhere! And there was power in His Word.

This is the kind of faith that can transform your life and bring new power to your prayers. Today, realize that God responds to faith—to those who believe in Him and ask Him. Cry out for His intervention in the lives of any person, any situation, anywhere. Ask. Believe. Have faith!