“The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.’ ”
– Matthew 8:8
Are you of the opinion that the prayers you pray, the songs you sing, and the confessions and declarations you make have no effect? Does it feel like they do not seem to make a difference to God? Do you think they don’t accomplish anything? Today be encouraged because they’re accomplishing everything!
In the Roman army, there was a centurion captain who had great faith in Jesus’ words. His compassion for his sick servant prompts him to share the servant’s predicament with Jesus. He asked, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion tells Jesus that he’s not worthy to have Him in his house, but he needs Him to heal his servant. The centurion then said, “But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” The centurion knows how the authority of words work. He commands his soldiers to go, He commands another to come; He just says the word. He knows it is not necessary for Jesus to touch him, see him, or do anything to him. He knows that when Jesus says the word, he will be healed. Jesus says “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” The servant is healed that day.
Friend, it’s the enemy’s goal to convince you that words aren’t important so that you won’t pay attention to them. He would love us to become distracted and stop using the types of words that will paint the kind of future we need and want. This is why he wants you to believe words don’t matter. Let’s continue to pray for ourselves and for others. Be sure to keep your confessions of faith. You can make declarations that God will acknowledge and watch Him bring them to pass!
Father, help me to know how important my words are.
How has God answered your prayers when you speak to him?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.