‘But Jesus did not answer her’ (Matthew 15:23)
Delays are not denials. Jesus delayed to answer, but He did not deny her request. He had said, “Ask, and it shall be given you. I will do whatever you ask in my name”. Heaven and earth may pass away, but His word must stand forever.
He delays the answer to try our faith, patience and perseverance; but when He sends the blessing He proves His faithfulness, pity and love. Do not be discouraged even though your prayers are not being answered at present; it will not always be so. This poor woman had to wait, although her case was very trying and her request was very urgent. But at last Jesus commended her faith publicly, and sent her away saying, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted” [Matthew 15:28].
Prayer will prevail if it is the prayer of faith. Pray on then, and do not faint. Say, like Jacob on the plains of Peniel, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” [Genesis 32:26]. Plead with Him; be persistent; wait His time; be willing to receive in His own way; be concerned that He should be glorified in giving to you, or doing for you; and you cannot fail. His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting, upon those who fear Him.
Then let us earnest cry,
And never faint in prayer
He sees, He hears, and from on high,
Will make our cause His care.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Today, my mind has been taken up with the words of David, and they seem to describe my experience, “Thou hast showed thy people hard things; thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment” [Psalm 60:3]. I seemed to feel all the effects of this wine, for my head was disordered, my judgement confused, and my legs trembled under me. My wisdom was baffled, my graces were tried, and my spirits were roused. I could not conceive how present things could consist with everlasting love, the precious promises, the relation in which I hope I stand to God, the tenderness of Jesus, the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit, and what some portions of the word lead me to expect. I seemed to be wading in the depths of divine sovereignty, looking for JEHOVAH’S righteousness, and enquiring how can these things work together for my good?’