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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, March 17, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
This miracle shows that Jesus’ power over demons is so great that He doesn’t need to be present physically in order to free someone. His power transcends any distance.
“Dog” refers to little dogs or house pets, not outdoor scavengers. Jesus was saying that his first priority was to provide food for the children (teach his disciples), not to allow pets to interrupt the family meal.
The woman did not try to argue. Using Jesus’ choice of imagery, she pointed out that she was willing to be considered an interruption as long as she could receive God’s healing for her daughter. Ironically, many Jews would lose God’s spiritual healing because they rejected Jesus, while many Gentiles, whom the Jews rejected, would find salvation because they recognized Jesus. (NLT)
Mark 7:24-30 – Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He tried to keep it secret that he was there, but he couldn’t. As usual, the news of his arrival spread fast. Right away a woman came to him whose little girl was possessed by an evil spirit. She had heard about Jesus, and now she came and fell at his feet. She begged him to release her child from the demon’s control.
Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, Jesus told her, “First I should help my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are given some crumbs from the children’s plates.”
“Good answer!” he said. “And because you have answered so well, I have healed your daughter.” And when she arrived home, her little girl was lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.
[The woman] begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. –Mark 7:26 (NIV)
Lynda S. Phillips (Tennessee) titled her story “THE POWER OF PRAYER;” here is Lynda’s story:
“Seventy years ago, at the age of two, I lay strapped to a board for several months. This was the only form of medical help available to those who had infantile paralysis, or polio. Even though the doctor gave me little hope of walking, my mother’s faithfulness and relentless prayer life helped to restore my health.
“Mark 7:24-30 reminds me how faithful the woman was whose daughter was possessed by a demon. Not only did she beg Jesus for healing, but she was persistent. The grateful mother returned to her home to find her daughter well and everything in good order.
“I am inspired by the examples of these two women – my mother and the Syrophoenician woman – who were persistent and strong in their faith. God yearns for us to seek strength through prayer as we encounter difficulties as well as joys. I realize that God loves each of us, no matter how our situation turns out. We, in turn, can express our gratitude for God’s strength and presence with us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I be more faithful in my prayer life?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your constant presence in our lives. Help us to lean on you for strength and guidance. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WITH POLIO [Any disease]
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