My faith is challenged when I read of Jesus’ healing ministry in Galilee… the Centurion’s servant, the widow’s only son, the Gadarene demoniac, Jairus’s daughter, the bleeding woman, two blind men. (Matthew 8-9, Mark 4-5, Luke 7-8, Jonn 4) My faith isn’t challenged by Jesus’ power to heal, but rather by those who dared to ask.
Yes, I’m struck by Jesus’ power to heal, his willingness to heal, and him inviting us to have faith. In most of these stories, the person Jesus healed was not yet a follower of His. We’re told that the Centurion and everyone in his family became believers. We can only assume that the others that were healed also became followers of Christ. Wouldn’t you?
Intellectually, I believe God can heal. I know it is possible. Maybe it’s my Baptist upbringing. Maybe it’s my North American perspective (sad for us). But the reality is, I don’t have faith like the Centurion. I don’t have faith like the bleeding woman. I don’t have faith like the two blind men. I believe it’s possible, but I’m not willing to really believe that God will heal. We say, “If it’s God’s will,” but then never believe that God will.
What does Jesus think of the Centurion’s faith?
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.” Matthew 8:10
Jesus was astonished at the Centurion’s faith. What does He think of my faith? What does He think of yours?
Father, I want the faith of the Centurion, of the bleeding woman, of the blind man. Faith like a child coming and asking their Daddy, who they know can and hope (not wishful thinking but confident expectation) will do what they ask. I want you to be astonished by my faith.
Do you believe God can answer your prayers? Better yet, do you pray believing that God will answer your prayers?