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Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment. Matthew 15:28 (NIV)

Fanny was a hymn writer and poet who wrote many hymns! I looked through my Church hymn books and found at least 15 hymns in them written by Fanny Crosby.

One that we often sing in Church is “To God Be the Glory” – one thing that often amazes people is that Fanny was blind – she had been since she was a baby and yet despite what she struggled with as she grew up she didn’t give up. I came across a encouraging book mark last night with these words on it:

“Don’t Quit”

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will, when the road your trudging seems all uphill, when funds are low and debts are high, and instead of a smile you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest in God’s love and never quit.” (Mini cards – Christian Art – Kingsway Communications Ltd)

That was only a part of it – but it speaks to us of one woman’s experience in our bible story – Jesus said that she had faith, the kind of faith that didn’t give up.

She was from a different race from the Jews, she was a Gentile and one day as Jesus was traveling in the region of Tyre and Sidon. This woman who was a Canaanite met Him and as she came to Him she was crying out, “Have mercy on me, for my daughter is possessed by an evil spirit.”

 

Jesus didn’t reply to the woman and His disciples came to Him complaining that she was bothering them and asked Him to tell her to leave.

Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”

But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”

Jesus replied, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

The woman answered, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”

“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” At that very moment, her daughter was healed.

 

What if she had given up sooner and walked away? The faith she had Jesus said, was strong but most of all she had faith that didn’t give up, didn’t quit. However hard things might be for you and me today, keep coming to Jesus and as I read earlier this week PUSH in your prayers to Him. PUSH = Pray until something happens.

Pray will something happens either for someone else, in your situation and in praying know that Jesus will answer sometimes in a way that you’re not expecting. Keep coming to Him and don’t quit.

Lord Jesus, whether You seem silent, saying nothing, or perhaps maybe saying no, help us to keep on praying and as we do show us what Your YES is…and may we all see that the faith we’ve been given has an element of never giving up in it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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