So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. (7) I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.(Luke 7:6-7 NLT)
As I read this description of the Centurion’s great faith, like most folks, I concentrated on the aspects of the Centurion’s faith. Great faith was based on a humble recognition of the authority of the Words that Jesus spoke. Thank God, His Word still holds power to those who speak it in faith. In this instance, the Centurion, a man outside the covenant, was exercising his faith on behalf of a beloved slave. In fact, great faith is always used to benefit someone else, not to benefit the one doing the asking. (See Matthew 15:28)
The thing I saw this time through the story was Jesus’s initial response. He was on His way to the man’s house to pray for the slave. He assumed He would have to touch him to heal him. In Mark 6, in His hometown, Jesus was unable to do miracles because of their unbelief, so He simply laid hands on a few and healed them. In fact, most instances of healing in the Gospels involve touch of some kind. You see, physical contact is God’s default method of ministry.
Today, if you have great faith, please use it to speak the Word over someone else for their healing and deliverance. If, however, you are struggling a bit, get to the gathering of the saints. It’s there that God’s presence dwells in a special way to aid you in receiving what you need from Him. Let’s get together!