FAITH ACTED UPON
Brothers, at various times in our life we find ourselves in great need of answered prayer from God the Father. It might be a physical need, a financial need or a spiritual need, but we come to the Lord in prayer knowing that He has told us that He and the Holy Spirit will intercede in our behalf unto the Father. We pray the prayer and then we as believers should get up and walk away praising God and Jesus for the answer given us, not that we have already received, but that by faith in His Word we did ask and therefore it is ours.
Please see in the verses below from the book of Luke how that Jesus viewed a centurion soldiers past good acts to the Jewish people of Israel, and when He was asked to come and heal the centurion's good and faithful servant, Jesus started toward the centurion's house. Jesus was willing to enter the centurion's house and heal his servant, but the centurion said to Jesus that he was not worthy that the Lord should enter his house. The centurion said that if Jesus would only speak the word, his servant would be healed.
Luke 7:1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
Luke 7:2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
Luke 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
Luke 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
Luke 7:5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Luke 7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
Luke 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
Luke 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Luke 7:10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
Jesus marveled at the centurion's faith. Jesus said unto the crowd that followed him, which included his own disciples, that he had not seen such great faith in all of Israel. Do you see here that a centurion who had only heard of Jesus and had not seen him heal anyone, believed that he could heal his servant, and he also had enough faith in Jesus to believe that he did not even need to be at the bedside of his servant. That all that was required of Jesus was to just speak the word and his servant would be healed.
Brothers, we were not eye witness to the miracles performed by Jesus. We have read and heard biblical accounts of these miracles and believe upon the Word of God that His word is truth. We are as the centurion was in the above verses, we walk in faith that Jesus needs only to speak the word in heaven and we are in receipt of our answered prayer just as the centurion's servant was in this case. When we stand on faith as the centurion did here, I believe Jesus is very pleased with our own faith just as he was here with the faith of the centurion.
God Bless, and walk in faith my brothers.
HVM - C111014