Begging in faith

Jesus meets a woman and casts a demon out of her child – you might know the story from Mark 7:24-31 (see below). One beautiful thought occurred to me reading this. Jesus had left Galilee and travelled a fair distance up the coast, walking for a day or two to get there. There are no other miracles recorded on the trip, though we might imagine there were many, only the healing of one small girl. The girls mother begs Jesus to heal her child and for some reason Jesus tests her faith. She begs in faith, and Jesus ‘speaks’ the word of healing.

Jesus travelled a long way but wasn’t happy just to perform a miracle, he wanted faith.

Don’t miss the challenge of faith in your life today when Jesus draws near to do something miraculous but wants you to beg in faith.

And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread andthrow it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” And he said to her,”For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.

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