Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 27)
Thwarted: By Determined Parents*
A Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, 'Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.' But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, 'Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.' But He answered and said, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, 'Lord, help me!' And He answered and said, 'It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.' But she said, 'Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.' Then Jesus said to her, 'O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.' And her daughter was healed at once.
Matthew 15:22-28 (NASB)
Surely, God-fearing parents of desperately ill children petition the Lord. In the case of the Canaanite woman, neither she nor her daughter were Jewish. Nevertheless, she doggedly pleaded with Jesus, in Whom she came to believe.
But toward her, His disciples were rudely dismissive and He was kindly distant. However, the determined mother begged, worshipped and reasoned wisely with Jesus. She refused to take 'No' for an answer. He saw her determination as faith, and her demon-distressed daughter was healed.
Before and during the time of Jesus, other determined parent pleas were heard.* Each showed extraordinary diligence, and each received a grand delivery.**
Yet not all requests get that same result, at least not in the hoped time period--even prayers of heartfelt vigilance. Like when David prayed for his dying son.*** (I believe they had a great reunion, but it happened in Heaven, not on earth.)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God asks you to pray without ceasing, no matter if the cause seems hopeless. He said if you ask, you will receive. When you pray selflessly for others, God's guarantee is flawlessly true. But be sure to name your Guarantor.
Therefore, dear parents and performers, continue in your righteous requests. When God deems the time appropriate, He will work miracles in your life.
To Be Continued...
* Elisha and the Shunammite woman's son: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+4%3A8-37&version=NASB
* Dad of demon-possessed son: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9:14-29
* Jairus, dad of dying daughter: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+8%3A40-56&version=NASB
** The Parable of the Persistent Friend: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+11%3A5-13&version=NASB
** The Persistent Widow: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+18%3A1-8&version=NASB
*** King David fasting and praying for his first son with Bathsheba: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+12%3A14-23&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.