“… and He cast out the spirits with a word.” (Matthew 8:16)
It is obviously significant that the scripture indicates here that it was “with a word” that Jesus cast the demons out. It didn’t take an elaborate ritual, or any extreme effort on His part. It was merely “with a word” that He did it. This emphasizes Jesus’ power, and the facility with which He does His work.
The Lord’s power to do “the impossible” with merely a word was emphasized previously in Matthew 8:5-13 in His encounter with the centurion. There that man of faith encouraged Jesus: “just say the word.” He knew The Lord could heal his loved one that easily.
Those of us who are followers of Christ need this reminder of His power. We put so much time and effort into some things. Yet when Jesus is really in something, He can change a person, a situation, a household, a church — even a nation — “with a word”. He still has that same power He exercised in Bible times. Part of our responsibility is to believe that He does, and to ask Him to do it! Is there something you have been struggling with, and expending much time and effort on, that you should ask The Lord to do for you “with a word”?