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The Making of Great Faith

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Matthew 15:21-28
Jesus said “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
(27) “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table. Jesus’ response was to say,
(28) “Woman you have great faith! Your request if granted.”
 
The woman and the centurion asked in spite of the fact that they had no “right” to ask. 
 
Jesus teaches us that great faith is evidenced in the prayers we pray for others. 
 
1. Keep asking, even when God seems silent. 
  • There are times in your life when you’ll pray for things and it may seem to you as if God doesn’t hear. 
  • He wants to change you.
  • Your problem is temporary, but who you are and who you become will last for eternity. 
  • Prayer works best when it is out only plan, not when it is just one plan among many. 
  • God’s delays are not God’s denials. 
2. Keep asking, even when others try to discourage you. 
  • (V. 23) So his disciples came to hike and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
  • She broke the barriers they tried to put up and continued to make her request before him. 
  • She was not arrogant or disrespectful 
  • She kept her focus on Jesus, not in the people around him. 
  • Her response was to move closer to Jesus. 
3. Keep asking, even though you are unworthy. 
  • He didn’t say this to drive her away, He said it to draw her closer. 
  • The woman’s response to Jesus was magnificent. 
  • Her answer demonstrates a complete absence of pride, self-reliance and self-righteousness 
  • Her faith was in His power His goodness, His mercy. 
  • (28) “Woman you have great faith! Your request if granted.”