Have your children ever begged you for something that they really wanted or thought they really needed? We can often come to God (as His children) begging for things we want or need. This week’s text shows two examples of this:
1. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. (Mark 7:26 ESV)
2. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” (Matthew 15:23 ESV)
The woman begs for a miracle. Jesus’ followers beg for the woman to be removed. What types of things are important enough to us to go to God about? If you were to list the things you have asked God for in the last few months would you sound more like the woman (begging for a miracle) or more like the disciples of Jesus (begging for peace and quiet)?
If somebody else where to hear our private requests to God would they sense our compassion or would they be confused by our desire to remove anything messy?
Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost. Lostness usually makes a person messy and even needy. Even after being ‘found’, we remain very needy. We all have times where we wish things were a bit more clean and comfortable but we need to consider the compassion our God has for us before we hastily ask Him to remove someone that is very much like us. God’s grace is given unto me so that I can give it unto another.
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