Ever feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders?
Perhaps it’s family problems. Or money is tight. Maybe you or a loved one are battling an illness.
How do you respond when your back is against the wall? Do you submit your concerns to Jesus and fully trust that He will sustain and keep you?
I’m studying Matthew 15 this week. There’s a great story of a woman who was at the end of her rope. She was from Canaan and had a daughter that was possessed by a demon. She was desperate for help from the Savior.
There was a cultural divide to cross as well. The Jews and Canaanites were not on good terms. They hated one another.
Jesus refused to help her at first. He ignored her initial plea and later dismissed her with some sharp words.
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Matthew 15: 25-27
The woman persisted. Her faith led her to swallow her pride and simply fall down before Jesus.
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
I have a healthy prayer life…but I struggle with patience. I often want immediate help with my concerns that are offered up in prayer. And when the answers don’t come immediately, I get frustrated.
I wish I had the faith of the Canaanite woman.
Pray for me to better respond to bad days. And let me know how I may pray for you.