“The woman came and knelt before him, ‘Lord, help me!’ she said. He replied, ‘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'” (Matthew 15:25-28).

The Canaanite woman is a wonderful example of perseverance in the midst of discouragement. After she made her first urgent plea to Christ, for Him to heal her possessed daughter, He did not answer. As if that weren’t bad enough, the disciples urged Jesus to send her away. In response, He gave the disciples the reason He was ignoring her. She was not an Israelite. Yet, the Canaanite woman continued, now on her knees, worshiping, crying, praying, pleading. When Jesus again refused, her logic served her well as she gave Him a reason why He should grant her request. As a result, not only was the insistent woman’s request granted, but Jesus commended her for her great faith—and her daughter was healed at that moment.

How insistent are we as God’s children today? How much discouragement will we ignore? How far will we go to intercede with God for the ones we love—no matter who they are? How ready are we to get down on humbled knee? How great is our faith?

Adapted from Daily Wisdom