Persistent in Prayer…

Read: Matthew 15; Mark 7
Marked: Matthew 15:22-23, And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”

Jesus answered not a word. Did He not care? Of course Hé did, as we see later. Sometimes God doesn’t immediately answer our prayers. It is then that we should press in and pray all the more fervently because God is waiting.

Is our need as important to us as it it is to God? Or will we let it go? This woman, a gentile, knew that even a little from God was more than she needed. This showed great faith.

How often have I just let my need go, thinking God isn’t interested or even listening? Jesus commended her faith, and her persistence, and healed her daughter. I need to be more persistent in prayer.

In Luke 11:9 Jesus teaches us to be persistent in our need. Ask, seek, knock. The Greek means to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking Jesus is teaching persistence.