Persistent Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

~ Matthew 15:22-28

I love the persistence of this Canaanite woman. She knows what needs to be done, who can do it, and she is not afraid to make her needs known, even despite being called a “dog” in comparison to the Israelites as she’s asking. Would I have had the courage to persist even though the disciples were telling me to stop and were going to Jesus to get me to go away? And then once I did gain an audience with Jesus, to be called a dog… would I have had the presence of mind to react in the way she did?

Lord, I pray that I’d have the same persistence in my prayer – asking for what I need, having the courage to keep asking, but also, I pray that I’d have the wisdom and openness to see what you have for me, as it’s often better than what I think I need. 🙂