When our prayers don’t get answered we start to question a lot of things. But the story of the Canaanite woman from the New Testament teaches us that there is only one thing that God expects from us.
When I struggle with my faith, and it seems like my prayers aren’t being answered, I often start to wonder what is causing the problem. Could it be that I’m not good enough? Should I have spent more time reading my Bible? Going to church? On my knees? But when I look at the story of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:21-28 I see that there is only one answer.
When we read the story we see that she came to Jesus and cried out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” (Matthew 15:22) But Jesus completely ignored her. It seemed that no matter what happened, no matter what Jesus did, she was determined to see her daughter healed.
It finally got to the point that the disciples begged Jesus to send her away. Jesus finally said to her that He had been sent to the lost sheep of Israel, and that, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” (Matthew 15:26)
If you think about it, that’s a pretty rude thing to say, and it is definitely not politically correct. Had Jesus done this in our day and age the news media would have had a field day. I can see the headline now: Jewish Rabbi Calls Women Dogs!But nothing that Jesus said was going to stop her. She looked at Jesus and replied, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” When Jesus answered her, He said something that He only says twice in the Gospels; he told her that her faith was great. Continue reading