There’s an interesting story in the New Testament that took place when Jesus and His disciples went to the region of Tyre and Sidon, which was inhabited by people who were rivals of the Jews. A local woman, whose daughter was possessed by a demon, came to the place where the Lord was staying and insistently cried out to Him for healing on her child’s behalf. So annoying was her persistence to the disciples that they asked their Master to send her away. However, their complaints prompted Jesus to deal with the matter, so He approached her and said something that seemed rather mean. In response to her request, he told her that He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel and that it was not right to take the bread — or miracles and good deeds — reserved for God’s people and toss them to the dogs (or in this case, to a foreign rival). Upon hearing these words, the woman exercised chutzpah and argued that even the dogs ate crumbs from their master’s table. In other words, out of the abundance of the blessings enjoyed by the people to whom Jesus was sent, there must have been a little bit left to help her. Although His response sounds harsh to us, the Lord was actually testing this tenacious woman’s faith, because He knew that her passion would serve as an example to future generations. In fact, in response to her undaunted trust, He ultimately exclaimed, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And the Bible says that her daughter was healed at that very moment!
My friend, the Lord loves your undaunted and undying faith, and He welcomes you to hound the door of Heaven with your requests. Even if you feel unworthy of His attention or outside the realm of His favor, He is delighted by your persistent belief that He can make things better, and He will steadfastly respond to your trust in His power. No problem is beyond the reach of His strength, so don’t be afraid to pray passionate, soul-shaking, and unscripted prayers — the kind that move mountains and make the devil flee in fear. Draw your shield of faith, pray boldly in His Spirit, and you will see miracles manifest as a result!