Overcomer Series

Seeking a Word

“Then Jesus went with them.  And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed…When Jesus heard these things, He marvelled at him, and turned Him about, and said unto the people that followed Him, ‘I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel’.” (Luke 7:6-7, 9).



What are we believing when we go to the Lord in prayer, when we go to Him for THE word?  Jesus told the centurion, “…Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed,” (NASB version of verse 13).  The Message Bible version is clearer: “…Go.  What you believed could happen has happened…”  The word “believe” in Matthew 8:13 means, “to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ); commit (to trust), put in trust with.”

The centurion entrusted his servant to Jesus.  He BELIEVED Him. Are we willing to entrust ourselves, our families, jobs, ministries, health, everything to God?  Will we commit ourselves and our concerns to Him? When we entrust everything to the Lord, we’re showing faith in Him and He will move on our behalf.  And sometimes He will move quickly.

“And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick,” (Luke 7:10).

Because of his faith, Jesus did exactly what the centurion asked of Him. The centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant and Jesus healed him.  If you don’t know the Lord desires to help you, you won’t expect anything from Him.  This is where studying the Bible helps us build our expectations.  When we’re going through difficult times, like the centurion, we can ask the Lord for help.

Receiving a word and expecting Christ to move through the word is key to walking as an Overcomer.  If you desire to overcome your circumstances, start seeking God for the word and His instructions on applying the word to your life.



  1. What does Luke 7:6-9 mean to you?
  2. In what ways have you had to seek the Lord for a Word for your life?
  3. Journal an example of when you had to entrust a family member to the Lord?


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