Daily Devotion

DESPERATE

A little lady had a sick child whose condition was getting worse by the day. She sought medical help but didn’t get any. She prayed to God but didn’t seem to get any relief. The child appears to have been tormented by some demonic oppression that was manifested in health ailments. This lady made her way to Jesus seeking help. The disciples noticing her ethnic background, sidelined her because she was Samaritan and not Jewish. Apparently they felt that Jesus and His work was reserved for the Jews only. The lady was desperate for this miracle so she started making a scene. Jesus noticed the chaos and swiftly responded to the situation. The facts presented were precise and Jesus affirmed the status quo. His words were a little harsh as He spelt out the divide among the Jews and Samaritans. The Jews were children while the Samaritans were dogs and it wasn’t right to give the children’s bread to the dogs.

This desperate lady refused to back down, mobbed by this bunch of big men and the words of the messiah, she made a historic statement that still echo’s through eternity. “The dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s table.” She was well aware that what was in the bread was also in the crumbs. Even more important, she was too desperate to be denied.

Many times we want God and His ways but we are not really desperate for Him. There are times we even get a bit hungry but not really desperate. We desire God more like one of the options on the table without a serious desperation for Him. This lady was convinced that nothing else would do and she couldn’t stand thought of losing her child. So she was seriously desperate. May you elevate your hunger levels to a place of desperation. Go beyond the norm and business as usual.

SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 7:24-30

From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.

DEVOTION PRAYER:

God, I am elevating my hunger levels to a place of desperation, I will chase after you like never before because I need more of you. I believe there is so much more for me as your child, nothing can stop me from running after you Lord. Amen.

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