Persistent Prayer

Persistent Prayer

Many of us have people or things that concern us, maybe our children or parents. It could be our health or our job. We may even be concerned about those things we do wrong.

The woman in our passage (Matthew 15:21-28) was burdened about her daughter’s suffering. What did she do?

I She presented her burden to the Lord, asking for his help.

II She did it persistently. She did not give up.

III She argued her case. She reminded the Lord that his blessing was so great that even she a gentile woman could benefit from the blessing he brings.

Let us note that the Lord commended her faith and granted her request.

When we are burdened and concerned about someone or something let us follow her example and bring our requests to the Lord persistently and with reasons that he should answer.

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.