Matthew 15:22-28 A Canaanite woman...came to him, crying out, "Lord...My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession" ...He answered, "I was sent only to...Israel. It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.''
This Gentile woman was not an Israelite, she was an outsider, a Canaanite; yet she pushed through and got what other, too comfortable insiders often miss out on.
She had to overcome some hurdles!
First, Jesus refused to answer her.
Second, He said, "What I have is only for the Jews."
Finally He said, "It wouldn't be right to give the children's bread to dogs."
Most people would have walked away offended at that point. But not her! She cried, "Have mercy on me."
She wasn't asking for what she deserved, she was crying out for what she needed; that was her daughter to be healed.
As a result of her faith, Jesus removed every obstacle and answered her prayer.
So if we persist, He will do the same for us too. In reality, this woman told Jesus, "Let the children have the bread, all I need are the crumbs!"
Many in the church become so complacent that we neglect the bread, waste the bread, complain about the bread, and many times don't even come to church to get the bread.
But people who get desperate enough pick up the crumbs and find life!
We need to remember that if there's power in the loaf, there's also power in the crumb. And if a crumb is all you can get, a crumb is all you need.
So what do you need from God today and how much do you really want it?