Yesterday we looked at the two step formula of coming to the Lord Jesus and crying out to Him. Today we see the same formula in action with this Canaanite woman who has a sick daughter. She comes to Jesus and cries out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!” She nails both steps, check, and check. But we read that “Jesus did not answer a Word.” So she kneels before him and cries out again, “Lord, help me!” Then Jesus responds, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” And she answers the Lord…
“‘Yes it is, Lord,’ she said, ‘Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table’.” – Matthew 15:27
Although she doesn’t get an answer the first time, she keeps asking. She is persistent. And because of this Jesus says to her, ‘Woman you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment.” Yet another example of unshakeable faith. How can we comprehend this faith? It’s really not that difficult. When you know something to be true, you know it is true. It is black and white. There is nothing gray about it. And because you know the truth you accept nothing less. You know definitively how the story end. Oh that we might be filled with such faith!
So in addition to coming to Jesus and crying out to Him, the Canaanite woman believes with unshakeable faith … check. There are stories all throughout the Bible. The formula is the same…
- (come to Jesus) + (cry out to him) + (faith) = miracle
Don’t like the word miracle? Call it whatever you want to call it, the mountain moves. The impossible happens. Strongholds are demolished. How do we get such faith? We learn. We build relationship with our God who has the power to move mountains. The more time we spend with Him, the more we learn what is possible through Him. The bible says that “All things are possible with God!” – (Matthew 19:26). Let’s lay ourselves at the feet of Jesus, and believe for our miracle today.
Dear heavenly Father, we come to you today, to lay our needs at your feet, to lay our burdens at your feet, to lay everything we have and everything we are at your feet. We lay at the feet of Jesus, and we give you our whole hearts. You know our every desire, and our every need. Cleanse us from the inside out. Wash us clean, make us new. Purify our hearts, that we lie clean before you. Fill us with faith. Help our unbelief. We give all honor and glory and praise to you, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Samuel 3; 1 Chronicles 12, Matthew 15
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “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’.” – Matthew 15:22
- “Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” – Matthew 15:28
- “Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.” – Matthew 15:30
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