Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
It’s hard not to take no for an answer, but if we aren’t persistent there will be times that we don’t get what we need. The Gentile woman in this parable had such faith that even after she was insulted by Jesus she persisted in asking for his help. She had enough faith to trust that Jesus could heal her daughter, and after some begging and a very logical retort, Jesus did heal her daughter. We can use this as a model in life and in prayer. There are times when we need to politely and humbly, but persistently push to get what we need.