Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. Matthew 15:21-28
A mother’s prayer is a powerful thing. In Matthew 15 above we see a mother who persistently cries out to the Lord to deliver her daughter from what was ailing her child. Even when the disciples told Jesus to turn the woman away and they doubted her faith because she was a Canaanite (who generally practiced idol worship), she didn’t cease her prayer and give up, and she was confident in her faith and love of Jesus and knew that He would heal her daughter.
This passage is a great reminder of Jesus’ faithfulness to us when we choose to dedicate our lives to trusting in His plan for us. We can pray with confidence, like the woman from Matthew 15, and know that the Lord hears our cries, whether they are rejoicing or lamenting. And He also demonstrates that He hears the cries of everyone, no matter where they have come from. This woman was a Canaanite and the disciples were very quick to look past her and ignore her pleas for help; not Jesus. He sees everyone and knows what weighs on their hearts and minds.
This applies especially well to the men, women and children who come to Haven of Rest. They can feel like God has forgotten them, or that He doesn’t hear their cries. They might even feel like He won’t hear them because of the things that have happened in their lives in the past. But Jesus disproves this clearly in Matthew 15. It is our privilege, as Haven of Rest staff, to share this wonderful news with everyone who comes to the Mission: Jesus hears our cries and has a perfect plan for our lives, all we need to do is listen and follow His guidance.