Genesis 46:1-47:31; Matthew 15:1-28; Psalm 19:1-14; Proverbs 4:14-19
“And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a Caananite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David. My daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But, he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and begged him saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt down before him saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.” Matthew 15:21-28
Wow! What a lesson on prayer and faith and persistence.
No we don’t deserve to have any of our prayers answered. Nothing we say or do makes us worthy to come before the Lord of heaven and earth and ask him for anything.
It is only by God’s pure grace and mercy that He comes to us and says, “keep praying!”
He loved us so much he sent his Son, Jesus to die for our sins–to bridge the gap between his holiness and our lowliness so that we can come to him in prayer–often, persistently, in faith–believing that he hears our cries for help.
So we can: pester him for help in parenting, for healing, for employment, for peace in our marriage, for deliverance from abuse or addiction or loneliness.
Pester the Lord with all your heart. Bow down before him like the Canaanite woman who believed and would not give up!
Lord God, you know our hearts and you know our needs. Have mercy on us, Lord and hear our prayers for _________. We trust that you will answer in your time and in your way according to your will. Thank you for letting us pester you. We give you all thanks and praise, in Jesus’ name, Amen.