Matthew 8:8-9 8 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. 9 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.”
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Is it a question of “knowing” versus “wondering”? The centurion understood the hierarchy principle. The Jews wondered who you were.
The leper, at the beginning of the chapter, said, ‘If you want to, you can heal me.” He didn’t wonder if you could but he wondered if you wanted to.
The centurion didn’t plead with you to heal his servant. He stated the facts; he was paralyzed and suffering. He didn’t say, “Please come.” He didn't say, “Please heal him.”
When I pray for people I often speak like that. I tell you what the problem is, like you don’t already know. I guess it could be said that I state the obvious. But then, rather than asking you to heal, I proclaim that it is, or will be done.
You gave us the authority to do what you did and you said we’d do even more. But the power to heal was not yours while you maintained your earthly body. It came from the Spirit of your Father moving through you. And that’s exactly who gives me the power.
Sharpen my mind.
Sharpen my faith.
Sharpen my discernment.