For Jesus, it was faith. But for the Roman centurion, it was simply an understanding of authority. Two different perspectives. Two sides of the equation. One desired result.
For I myself am a man under AUTHORITY, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great FAITH.– Matt. 8:9-10 NIV
Impress Jesus with your prayers today. But don’t worry about an alchemic formula to conjure faith. Just meditate on authority. Imagine yourself in the Army. After all, you ARE in God’s Army. When orders are given, they must be executed. If not, there’s always a sanction, even to the extreme of a court-martial.
When we pray, we are asking God to give the order. He’s the Supreme Commander of the entire universe. Everything must obey his whim. Once he gives the order, it is done. Pray for Him to give the order.
Jesus was impressed. The centurion’s paralyzed servant was healed.