Importunity

Mark 7:27-28 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.”

I am amazed a the woman in this account.

She could have been dejected and walked away, yet her faith held to her request for her daughter’s healing. She was of another nation, and Jesus all but said she was a dog, as was commonly spoken of non-Jews.

Yet, here faith went beyond the standard social structure of the day. She came with confidence enough to believe that Jesus would be able to heal her daughter and cast out the devil.

We often give in too quickly. We give up when the going gets a bit tough. Sickness comes, and we are pressed out of measure. We complain to those around us instead of bringing our complaint to God. He alone can bring about a good and right outcome. 

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines importunity this way:

“Pressing solicitation; urgent request; application for a claim or favor, which is urged with troublesome frequency or pertinacity.”

Troublesome frequency or pertinacity. Sounds like when my kids would ask on a long trip, “Are we there yet?”

When what we seek becomes more important than how we’re viewed, we choose the importunity with God to see what He can do.

Most, if not all, reading today has a close friend or loved one in need. For some, the need is healing. For others, it is salvation. But how burdened are we to press the Savior for an answer?

Are we willing to hold on to the horns of the altar until we get an answer from Heaven?

If our prayer was solely focused on only giving God the praise, we could unselfishly seek an answer to glorify God.

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