April 15, 2012
After Jesus’ entry into Capernaum, a Captain came to Him, and entreated Him. “Sir,” he said, “my servant at home is lying ill with paralysis, and is suffering great pain.” “I will come and cure him,” said Jesus.
“Sir,” replied the Captain, “I am not a fit person to receive you under my roof: merely say the word, and my servant will be cured. For I myself am also under authority, and have soldiers under me. To one I say ‘Go,’ and he goes, to another ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave ‘Do this or that,’ and he does it.”
Jesus listened to this reply, and was astonished, and said to the people following Him, “I solemnly tell you that in no Israelite have I found faith as great as this. And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west and will recline at table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of the Heavens, while the natural heirs of the Kingdom will be driven out into the darkness outside: there will be the weeping aloud and the gnashing of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the Captain, “Go, and just as you have believed, so be it for you.” And the servant recovered precisely at that time. (Matthew 8:5-13) (MSNT)
Holy Father, It is eye opening to realize that faith is both a manifestation within our hearts of the Holy Spirit and it is a fruit that grows within us by Your Spirit.
Precious Jesus, You imparted faith to each one of us and sent the Holy Spirit to quicken in us the faith to believe that not only are You real, but You love us.
Holy Spirit, no one of us can believe in Your reality, except by the faith that You instilled in our hearts to respond to Your invitation to love You.
Gracious God, our desire is to show Your glory to the world, to give people a taste of what Your faith can do in and through a believer, so that those who witness our lives will hunger and thirst after You.
Loving Savior, fill us with a holy covetousness to yearn for more of You, and expect by faith to be empowered in serving You and those who need You.
Spirit of God, embolden us to have faith to believe that we can do greater things than Jesus did so that we can be markedly different from those who are worldly.
Hallelujah, What a glorious God we serve!
Now stir up Your faith in our hearts as we pray for those in need in our Fellowship and among our families and friends.
In faith, LORD, we present You with our offerings. We fully acknowledge that this money comes from you. Without Your generosity to us we would have nothing to tithe; therefore in gratitude for the faith to believe and for Your grace given to us we present this portion of Your bounty.
In the name of our Gracious Savior we pray.