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