Matthew 8:5-8 “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
The powerful Centurion beseeched Jesus to apply His divine saving power to make whole a sickly servant. He boldly begged Jesus to take action. He petitioned and pleaded with Him to remedy the palsy of a subordinate who was grievously tormented by an affliction.
At the same time, the Centurion acknowledged an important truth – that he was not worthy to ask such things from the Lord nor even to linger in His presence. Even this mighty man had no right to expect standing in the eyes of the Lord, the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Savior. Nevertheless, the Centurion pleaded and he begged. He asked, he sought, and he knocked.
As a result, it was given unto him! He found what he was searching for as the Lord’s door of blessings opened wide. It was all because he approached Jesus with humble boldness.
This may seem oxymoronic. Yet, it is exactly what the Lord directs from us.
We are to beseech Jesus to apply His divine saving and sustaining power to our sickly lives. We are to boldly beg Jesus to take action. We are to petition and plead with Him to meet our needs and to overcome our limitations.
At the same time, we must acknowledge an important truth – we are not worthy to ask such things from the Lord nor even to linger in His presence. We have no right to expect standing in the eyes of the Lord, the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Savior. Nevertheless, we are to plead and beg. We are to ask, seek, and knock.
As a result, we may find that it has been given unto us as the Lord’s door of blessings opens wide. It will all be because we approach Jesus with humble boldness!
PLEASE PRAY FOR A SPIRIT OF HUMBLE BOLDNESS IN THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANS. While the linkage of these characteristics may seem oxymoronic, it is God’s formula for proper standing with Him to enable His power to fully act in our lives. Come to the Lord with humble boldness!