Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” - Matthew 8:5-7 (NKJV)
In Bible days, Roman centurions were notable and reputable men, who were expected to lead by example and were known for their formidable courage on the battlefield.
What I like about this particular Roman centurion was that he recognized the need of his servant and so he came to Jesus.
What’s more, he came pleading!
And it’s one thing to plead for yourself, or your spouse or a family member, but to plead for your servant is another.
This man didn’t allow his social standing to stop him from coming to God.
Instead, he got rid of his pride and his reputation and came straight to the source - Jesus.
I want to encourage you today.
What is it that you need from God?
Well, whatever it is, how you come will inevitably determine whether you receive anything or not.
You can come to God with a heart full of doubt and unbelief and you’ll receive nothing.
Or you can come earnestly with a heart full of faith and expectancy, losing sight of who you are, and you will receive.