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syrophoenician She is arrested in her approaches to Christ by the information that He will not see anyone. She is denied His presence, and then [finally] in His presence is treated with seeming indifference, with the chill of silence and unconcern. She presses and approaches, the pressure and approach are repulsed by the stern and crushing statement that He is not sent to her kith or kind, that she is reprobated from His mission and power. She is humiliated by being called a dog.

Yet, she accepts all, overcomes all, wins all by her humble, dauntless, invincible importunity. The Son of God, pleased, surprised, overpowered by her unconquerable importunity, says to her: “O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”

Jesus Christ surrenders Himself to the importunity of a great faith.

“And shall not God avenge His own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?”

By illustrating in a parable, Jesus Christ puts ability to importune as one of the elements of prayer, one of the main conditions of prayer. The prayer [and fervent effort] of the Syrophoenician woman is an exhibition of the matchless power of importunity, of a conflict more real and involving more of vital energy, endurance, and all the higher elements than was ever illustrated in the conflicts of Isthmia or Olympia.

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There is neither encouragement nor room in the Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, lazy attitudes; all must be strenuous, urgent, ardent. Inflamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight Heaven. God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts. Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls.

In the end, the [prayer] closet is not an asylum for the indolent and worthless Christian. It is not a nursery where none but babes belong. It is the battlefield of the Church… Importunity, it may be repeated, is a condition of prayer. We are to press the matter, not with vain repetitions, but with urgent repetitions. We repeat, not to count the times, but to gain the prayer.

“Men ought always to prayer, and not to faint…” -Jesus

When was the last time you were on your face in your own prayer closet? Interceding for souls, or simply adoring Him?

jailWhen were you on your knees as the “persistent friend” for those imprisoned for their faith in Christ?

widow

Pleading for the widow?

orphan The orphan?

IsraelIsrael?

The voiceless?

Quotes taken from the book, “Purpose In Prayer”.
By: E.M. Bounds

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cemetaryNot long ago we had a guest preacher/missionary at our church speaking on the topic of, “Witnessing In A Cemetary”. And the message was how we, as born again followers of Christ, are to conduct ourselves in the midst of unbelievers, or “spiritually dead” people in the world, or a cemetary. He preached out of Mark 5 and I don’t know how, but it was so new to me! I’m quite sure I’ve read or heard about the, ‘Maniac in the tombs’, or even the man with whom were many demons, hence the name, “Legion”. Anyway, it was a profound message! And to me, it speaks so loudly of those who, when hearing about Jesus, just all out RUN to Him!

“And when He [Jesus] had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.

I’ll stop here briefly. Can you imagine this going on in your neighborhood? Let’s hypothetically imagine that there are no police. The people in this town took it upon themselves to chain him up somewhere so they didn’t have to hear his screaming. And yet, he kept breaking through whatever it was they placed upon him. I can only imagine the type of men that volunteered for that job! LOL

When he saw Jesus from afar, he [the maniac] ran and worshipped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.

Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.

And when He [Jesus] got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you. And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

In the Gospel of Luke, Dr. Luke adds one little tidbit Mark left out. And that is…

“So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him.”

Now the maniac must had done some pretty good work! For when Jesus came back the multitude welcomed Him. That’s quite a different reaction to when they begged Him to leave!

But in any event, this maniac, who ran around crying, screaming and cutting himself, was transformed by the power of God and completely changed. He did what he was commanded and published what the Lord had done for Him. And he did such a good job that the multitude eagerly anticipated Jesus’ return back into the town!

This story touched me so much. It has stuck with me and now, I want to do the same. I want to publish how Jesus is working in my life. Now, I’m thankful and pleased that I haven’t been possessed with demons and pushed out of town by the people, but we were all spiritual dead before being reborn at one point, right? As followers of Christ and obedient to His commands, it’s all we can do! He works all things to the good to them that love Him, to them who are called according to His purpose.

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