Faith Doesn’t Take No for an Answer


Let me tell you a story about a woman who was determined to see her daughter set free, no matter what obstacle tried to get in her way. 

The story is taken out of Matthew 15:21-28, which tells of a Canaanite woman who went to where Jesus was, crying out to Him to be merciful and to help her daughter. She told Him that her daughter was severely demon possessed.

Of course, we know Jesus helped her, right? Instead do you know what He did?  He completely ignored her! It says right there in verse 23, “He answered her not a word” (NKJV).  Have you ever felt as if God was ignoring you? You prayed and prayed, and it seemed that your prayers never reached God at all. Our faith is greatly tested at these times; we get discouraged and begin to wonder if God still cares at all. Then, in some cases, we get angry and cry, “I don’t understand why God won’t answer me!”

Next, the Canaanite woman suffered rejection! Verse 23 goes on to say, “…His disciples came and urged Him, saying ‘send her away’” (NKJV). We have all been rejected, told no, and sent on our way. When we follow God and set ourselves to serve Him wholeheartedly, we may be rejected by others. Worst of all, she was rejected by those who were following Jesus. Believers! Christians!  It’s one thing to have the world reject you for wanting to draw close to God, but when fellow believers do it, it is even more hurtful. Don’t let them put your fire out; just hang out with others that also have vision and passion for God! Don’t allow anyone to keep you from pressing forward in your faith. 

This woman, it says in verse 25, came and worshiped Him, saying, “…Lord, help me!” She worshiped Him! Even after the hurt and rejection, she worshiped Him. That is loyalty! We will all face a time of crisis in our lives when we pray, cry out to God, beg Him to answer us, and our prayers still go unanswered. Maybe that loved one dies, or in spite of all you are doing to make that marriage work, your spouse walks out the door. Or, no matter how much you pray for that wayward child of yours, he seems to sink deeper into sin leaving your heart broken.

What will you do? Will you get mad at God? Will you quit, turn your back on Him, and walk away? Maybe you’ll stay in church, but you’ll grow bitter and unforgiving. Or, you could choose to follow the example of this great woman and say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (Psalms 103:1 NKJV).  Choose to worship anyway, and refuse to let go of your faith in God!

Let’s see how her story ends. “But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs’” (Matthew 15:25 NKJV). Now He has insulted her! Talk about adding insult to injury! But did that stop her? No! This woman was not taking no for an answer! Her faith pushed past every road block that was presented. “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 15:27-28 NKJV).

Never let go of your faith. Never be afraid to believe God for big things just because you may have been disappointed. Delay doesn’t mean denial. Stand on God’s Word, and believe!


  1. Inspiring post reminding us to persevere in our faith an in our prayers. The Lord will answer in His time and in His ways. May we all have patience to wait on Him and eyes to see Him at work in our circumstances. Blessings!

  2. peggy lynn gurule says:

    lisa,thank-you for feeding my soul I know I won’t let go ,just need god to take this hurt away ,feeling so alone an numb prayer please xo

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