Daily Devotion

March 21, 2012

How Badly Do You Want It?

“You have great faith! Your request is granted.” Mt 15:28 NIV

Matthew records: “A Canaanite woman…came to him, crying out, ‘Lord…My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession’…He answered, ‘I was sent only to…Israel…It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she said, ‘but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted’” (vv. 22-28 NIV). This Gentile woman was an outsider, yet she pushed through and got what comfortable insiders often miss. Talk about hurdles! First, Jesus refused to answer her. Next, He said, “What I have is only for the Jews.” Finally He said, “It wouldn’t be right to give the children’s bread to dogs.” Most of us would have walked away offended. Not her! She cried, “Have mercy on me.” She wasn’t asking for what she deserved, she was crying out for what she needed! As a result, Jesus removed every obstacle and answered her prayer. And if you persist, He will do the same for you too. In reality, this woman told Jesus, “Let the children have the bread, all I need are the crumbs.” Church folks become so complacent that they neglect the bread, waste the bread, complain about the bread, and sometimes don’t even come to church to get the bread. But desperate people pick up the crumbs and find life! They know that if there’s power in the loaf, there’s power in the crumb. And when a crumb is all you can get, a crumb is all you need. So what do you need from God today? How badly do you want it?