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When desperation is good

October 26, 2009

And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon."

--Matthew 15:22

In today's verse, we meet a woman whom Jesus commended for having "great faith." But if you and I had been there, we might not have noticed her faith at first. We would have noticed that this woman was in crisis.

Her daughter was severely oppressed by a demon and her condition was hopeless—or it would have been, had she not heard about Jesus. But she had.

She had heard that Jesus had spiritual authority and power over disease and demons, and she believed he was able to save her daughter.

The Scripture says that this woman cried out to him relentlessly, "Have mercy on me! Have mercy on me!" And when Jesus didn't respond at first, she kept calling, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David."  

Her outbursts were so loud that they were embarrassing to the disciples, who urged Jesus to ignore her. But instead, Jesus was moved by her persistence! He stopped and spoke with her. Jesus was pleased with her faith, and he delivered her daughter!

Do you face a crisis that is hopeless without Jesus? Don't give up! Great faith and great desperation go hand in hand. Be desperate for Jesus! He alone can save and deliver.


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