John 4:46–54 (NKJV)
46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”John 4:46-54
49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”
50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.
54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.
Jesus’ journey to Cana of Galilee is punctuated by a sincere, passionate request for Jesus’ to heal his son. Jesus makes a slightly puzzling reference to the fact that this people always want a sign before they will believe. When the man will not relent, but asks with even more passion, Jesus relents and tells Him that his son would be fine. The man believed and left Jesus to go home and see his son. As he was nearing home, his servants met him and told him that his son’s fever had broke. When he inquired about the time, they told him it was the seventh hour (1:00 pm), the very time that Jesus said, “Your son lives.”
This story highlights two important truths about intercession: relentless pursuit and passionate faith. The man could have been rebuffed by the Messiah’s insistence that he was asking too much of Christ. Instead, he pursued Jesus relentlessly and would not be denied. Second, he exhibited passionate pursuit coupled with a strong faith that his son would be healed, and he was. When you pray, be bold and relentless, and let you faith and passion rise up strongly. God will hear your prayers and answer them according to His will. Don’t be shy or weak in your petitions, but, as the Scripture says, “come boldly to the throne of grace!”