by Chris Burton
After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
There is no need to put on a front with God. Be vulnerable with Him. It is safe to let your guard down. God knows your weaknesses already and He cares for you.
Honesty and faith are key ingredients in a healthy prayer life. A critical aspect of humility is acknowledging your lack and trusting in God’s ability to do things that may not even make sense to you.
Dear Lord, help my unbelief. Show me the things in my life that hinder my walk with You and help me to grow closer to You. Show me how to be more honest with You. I want to trust You more and demonstrate my faith every day. Thank You for loving me and saving me from myself.
In Jesus’ name,