Luke 7:6-7 And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.”
The main focus of this passage is one of great faith. The centurion not only knew Jesus had the power to save his servant, he also knew Jesus could do this simply by speaking. It didn’t matter where Jesus was, what He was doing, or who He was with. Jesus had the power to heal by simply making a statement.
However, after reading this, my mind raced back to the many times throughout the last few years when I had the same thoughts as the centurion. Thoughts I believe the enemy himself whispered into my ear. Because of my great sin, who am I to dare approach Jesus in prayer? Who am I to believe I have any business entering His presence either at mass or during my own personal prayer time?
More times than I care to count, I have allowed my sin to snowball into something much worse than it originally was, simply because I was unwilling to receive the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
As Christians, we have to be willing to come to our Lord, especially in these difficult times. Yes, sin is serious and it creates a certain distance between us and God. However, that is the whole point of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Coming to Him in petition is not something we deserve through good behavior and our actions. It’s something we desperately need because of our disobedience.
When we allow the enemy to whisper lies in our ears, keeping us from calling out to Jesus in person, we allow him to steal the comfort and peace only Jesus can provide us with. In turn, we find ourselves wondering further from Christ than we ever should be.
Yes, the centurion’s humbleness and faith in this passage is something we should learn from and take to heart. But, we can not rely on the prayers of others to direct us where Jesus wants us to be. It doesn’t matter how far off the trail we’ve gone. Only by returning to God ourselves are we able to discover His true love and passion for us. Only then can we fully appreciate exactly what grace is.