Week Three – The Canaanite Woman
Day Five: Friday – Pray
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As we have focused on Jesus’ interaction with the Gentile woman, one reality has been obvious: the woman displayed profound faith in and desperation for Jesus to heal her daughter. In fact, Jesus directly points out her display of great faith.
“O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.”
-Matthew 15:28 ESV
As you have been challenged to examine your faith this week, what has Jesus been showing you?
Spend some time today in solitude lifting that challenge before Jesus, praying for a growing faith in Him and a desperate longing for His presence.
Below we have provided you with several prayers to help you communicate with God today. Feel free to pray in your own words or use the following prayers to help direct you:
1. If you have identified a particular area in which Jesus is calling you to live by faith:
Prayer: Lord, you have placed on my heart to step out in faith by (insert situation). I ask that you would give me the boldness to trust You and what You are calling me to do. I pray for faith like the woman in Matthew 15, to trust you with the events going on in my life. I realize that I cannot do this on my own and I ask that You would give me the strength and the power to do it.
2. If you are still confused on how the Lord can use you:
Prayer: Lord, I may not know what You have in store for my life but I fully believe that You can use me for Your Kingdom. As I am pursuing and serving You, I ask that You would reveal to me ways that I can step out in faith for Your Kingdom. I pray that You would guide and direct my steps, Lord, to draw me closer to you in faith.
3. If you are discouraged because it seems as if the Lord is delaying His response:
Prayer: Lord, I ask that You would renew my passion for You and for what you have placed on my heart to do. I trust You and I believe that you will provide. I pray that you would continually work in my life and in the lives of those to whom I minister.
Consider the heartfelt prayer of David—a man after God’s own heart—from Psalm 13:
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.“