Our prayer verse for today is from Matthew 15:22-23, “And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.’ But He answered her not a word.”
Background & Application
I was recently struck by the fact that in seeking to be more like Jesus, I was pursuing Him with an end goal. without realizing it, I was thinking that growing closer to Him was going to do something else for me, like prepare me for what He wants me to do next or get me ready for His next blessing. but then I asked myself, what if this seeking Him is all I get? what if He answers me not a word? We are so used to working towards a goal and planning for the next event that we bring that mentality with us into our walk with the Lord. We need to believe and understand that becoming like Jesus is the end goal. We don’t pray just for answers or study the Bible just so we can teach it. We do these things because they make us more like our Savior. If we never have another answered prayer or opportunity to serve Him again, that shouldn’t derail us. Jesus is the way, truth, and life, not what He gives us or how He blesses us. But don’t be surprised, either, when our compassionate Father does give you what you desire, just as He eventually did for the Canaanite woman
In our prayers today, let’s pray that each of us will desire Jesus far more than His blessings. Pray that we’ll become more like Him as we desire to be more like Him. Pray that each of us will know the blessings of their marriages and their relationships today, rather than hoping or waiting for something in the future.