PARENTS PRAYING FOR CHILDREN

 

..pray like an unknown Greek woman. She did it right. Jesus responds to the faith of parents for their children. A remarkable unnamed Gentile with towering faith can teach us how to bring our kids to Jesus. Do not be offended by Him. He marvels at two things–great faith, and the lack of it. Let him marvel at your faith.

 

“Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came, and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

 

“First let the children eat all they want,’ he told her, ‘for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs’  ‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’

 

Then he told her, ‘For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.’  She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone” (Mark 7:24-30).

 

SHE CAME. If you come, you get more than if you don’t come. Don’t say, “Others need Jesus more than us.” You don’t find that kind of reasoning in the Scripture. Some never come. They just wish that Jesus would do more.

 

SHE KNELT.  She sees something about Jesus that required lowliness. She called him “Lord” three times (see Matthew 15). She does not come with pride or presumption, as if Jesus owes her something. God does not owe us anything. He is a debtor to no man.

 

SHE ASKED BELIEVING. It can be hard to believe for our children. It hurts us as parents to see them hurt. Sometimes prayers are complaints or expressions of doubt rather than faith. This woman stated the problem accurately and asked Jesus to fix it. We sometimes do everything but ask.

 

SHE PERSISTED WHEN JESUS HESITATED. How do you interpret the silence of God? It is easy to get discouraged and quit. When she was called a dog, she gave a positive interpretation to the apparent insult rather than being offended and leaving. She would not give up. She was not a victim, easily hurt by wrong words and stalking off in anger.

 

SHE SAW THE GREATNESS OF CHRIST.  The woman with the issue of blood only needed the hem of his garment. This Gentile only needed crumbs. She didn’t expect special treatment, simply attention for a deeply sick daughter. Her humble and undaunted faith impressed Jesus greatly. Let Him be impressed by yours.
You have an invitation to come. “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’” (Revelation 22:17). Jesus knows His Father well and says, “Ask, and it shall be given to you.”

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