28 But she answered and *said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”
Mark 7:28-29 NASB
The Syrophoenician woman was initially put off by Jesus. He had come first to the Jews and He asked her to wait for her daughter’s healing. Many would have been OK with that. But this mom persisted.
She persisted in humility. She was willing to call herself a dog, begging at the table, to see her daughter healed.
How many of us would be willing to humble ourselves, bow low and persist in prayer to see the Lord move in our situation?
But she also had a strong faith to believe Jesus meant what He said. When He said her daughter was healed, she left to find her healed! She sought Jesus, prayed, persisted and believed.
There is always a situation that I need to persist in prayer for. The problem is the persist part. The problem is the humility part. When I pray, does God see me coming to Him in persistent humility? Or am I throwing up some words to the ceiling, hoping God will catch some?
God will answer. He has proven that He will.
Lord, spending time in Your presence is the most important for me. Help me to come humble of heart, knowing that I am in the presence of a Holy God.
Help me to rely on You. Grant me a special measure of faith when I am weak and tired. Help me to remember Your faithfulness.