Our text is in Matthew 15:21
15:21Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me,
O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth
15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs.
15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her
daughter was made whole from that very hour.
This is such a wonderful account of a mother's prayer. A mom doing what so many moms do; turning to Jesus on behalf of their children.
The Bible tells us that this woman's daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. Darby's Translation: Miserably possessed.
Weymouth's Translation: Cruelly harassed.
Young's Translation: Miserably demonized.
Any way you look at it the daughter has a lot of problems.
Alot of mothers today have tormented children.
The text starts out by saying "Behold". So here is something good for us to open our eyes and ears to. Behold. Take notice of this.
Here is a Canaanite woman. This woman is crossing boundaries and barriers driven by a mother's love. She doesn't care that Jesus is a Jew and she is a Gentile. A mother's love and a mother's faith will cross barriers. But watch this, she has found Jesus. She has made her plea. She has crossed the barriers, but He answered not a word. The love for her daughter put her on the road and kept her there but she will have to lay hold of faith to gain the blessing.
Faith doesn't give up. Because the Lord isn't answering right away doesn't mean He isn't listening.
He answered not a word. But she continued her prayer. She didn't give up.
Faith doesn't shut up.
When the disciples said, "Send her away", still she didn't give up. Two mighty forces are driving her: Love and Faith.
Faith and Love are 2 mighty forces. The Bible says faith is the substance of things hoped for, and that love never fails.
But, it's hard when you pray and get no answer. But it's when the answer doesn't come right away that is when faith is exercised. Faith cometh by hearing, but it is developed by use.
I like this mom. When it comes to her kids, she won't give up and she won't shut up. I have wondered if Jesus knew this woman was going to be persistant. Maybe He wanted to draw her faith out so that others could see the depth of her faith.
Or so that it could be a lesson to moms everywhere not to give up, but to keep praying and keep pressing for your children.
There is such a need today to pray for our children. Surely our young people are harassed by devils of all sorts.
This lady humbled herself. She prayed. She pleaded. She worshipped. She reasoned. She got what she needed. Love brought her to seek the Lord for her daughter. Faith held her there when discouragement tried to run her off.
Parents and grandparents you may not see the results right away, but your faith and perserverance is making a difference in the life of your children and grandchildren.
How far reaching is a mother's prayer?
There was a very wicked man, a sailor, who had been a rebel. His father had disowned him. All he could remember of his mother was what she had taught him about the Lord and that she had often prayed over him. She died when he was young, 7 or 8. But at 54 years old a mother's prayer caught up with the now Captain of a merchant ship hauling slaves.
Conviction came upon him and he cried out to God. Later he wrote down the words to a song: Amazing Grace.
A one time captain of a slave ship became a preacher. His ministry touched the life of a man named Thomas Scott, who wrote Scott's Commentary on the Bible, and the life of another man, William Cowper, who wrote hundreds of hymns that are still used in worship today.
Would that have happened anyway or was it a result of a mother's prayer? You decide.
John Newton's memory of his mother was not so much what she said, but what he saw her do.
My own Mother took me to church and taught me about Jesus, but it was her everyday life that has stayed in my mind.
Not that she was perfect, she wasn't. She had bad days like anyone else, but even when she made mistakes her trust in Jesus remained constant. Like the lady in our text, she never gave up. She never turned back.
Jesus said to the woman after all she had endured. "Oh woman, great is thy faith, be it unto thee even as thou will." And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
I want to encourage all you mothers, natural and spiritual, that are praying for your children and grandchildren.
Don't give up. This could be the hour for the answer. I want to encourage all the young mothers today to let your children see you live a Godly life before them.
More important than doctors, scientists, or even President is the one who shaped their lives and gave them a moral foundation to make decisions upon.
So moms let me just close with these simple words. For all the tears, for all the prayers, for all the humiliation, for all the sleepless nights, the list goes on and on, THANK YOU. You are a blessing of God given to the world.