The centurion seemed to be out of options. His servant, “who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die (Luke 7:2, NASB).” Yet perhaps there was one option left. So he sent some Jewish elders to urge Jesus to save his servants life. The elders tell Jesus, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue (7:4-5).”
Isn’t that like us sometimes? We rationalize before God in prayer as to why he should grant our request. We plead with him to stop something awful that is about to happen, reminding him we are deserving because of the great things we have done for Him. “Look what I’ve done, Lord, for you,” we plead our case. Shouldn’t I be healed because of my deeds?
Perhaps the centurion thought the elders had more influence…
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