What about you? Is there someone in your life that you know is in need of healing? And have you lifted their name up to Jesus' care?
I often speak with people who have loved ones in their lives who are struggling with illness of body, mind, soul or spirit. They share that they are afraid if the person is not cured, it shows a lack of faith. Obviously, this passage, if read a certain way, might confirm that. If we believe that it was the Roman centurions faith that caused Jesus to offer the healing, this might be so. But that isn't how the story goes. It is Jesus' authority which heals the man, not the centurion's faith. The centurion is simply confirming the authority Jesus already has. Jesus is the one who sets out to see the man who is ill. Jesus' compassion was motivated by the desire for healing, before he even knew of the centurion's faith. The healing was going to happen because of Jesus' compassionate response and authority. It was simply the centurion's belief in Jesus' authority which made the healing happen without Jesus' physically being there. So the healing would have happened with or without the centurion's declaration of faith.
My point is this: don't hesitate to lift those you love up to Jesus' healing power. You may not know the ways in which they need healing. That is something God knows better than you. So the specific request of how that healing happens may not be the result of your prayers. But trust that Jesus had the authority as the Son of God then, and that power exists today through a God who is always with us. Healing might happen by your outreach of compassion, it might happen through the power of prayer, it might happen even through the grace of death. But healing will happen.
Trust in the power of Jesus' healing and name them before Him today.
In Christ's love,