Praiseworthy Faith

When we ask the saints’ intercession, we are following the Roman centurion’s example.

He didn’t go “straight to Jesus.”
A foreigner himself, he sent a delegation of Jesus’ own countrymen
to put in a good word for him.

“He deserves this favor from you,” they said,
“because he loves our people,
and even built our synagogue for us”
-Luke 7:5

Then, as Jesus approached his house,
the centurion sent friends to tell Jesus
He needn’t trouble Himself to come further–just speak the word.

I am not worthy to have You enter my house.
That is why I did not presume to come myself
-Luke 7:6-7

He did not presume…
he sent others who were more worthy to approach Jesus than he…

Listen to Jesus’ response:

I tell you, I have never seen such faith
among the Israelites
-Luke 7:9

High praise from God Himself!

When we pray to the saints, we are asking for their intercession.
We are sending Jesus’ own countrymen
(Heaven is now their home forever!)
to put in a good word for us;
sending friends–His friends and ours–
to express to Him our faith that they will bring our needs before Him
and that He will respond.
We are sending those who are worthy of Him,
perfected now in Heaven.

And Jesus is pleased :).

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