Getting In The Way Of A Blessing John Burke May 1, 2005 Matthew 15:10-28 Do you remember when you were a child at Christmas? I remember one year I wanted a bike. I did not let up on my Dad. All I could think or talk about was that bike. And I was so excited when I got it. But it would not be until much later in life when I would understand what it meant to ask your father for something and then receive something greater than you asked. That experience came when our third child had serious difficulty at birth and I cried out to a different father. I cried out to God. He answered my prayers and today our son is healthy and strong. Matthew tells us about the experience of a mother who learns about faith in a way that is drastic and dramatic. Her daughter was tormented by a demon. While we are not sure what was wrong or how it demonstrated itself, we know this mother had reached the end of her options. Surely, she had tried everything. It would take something stronger. It would take this Jesus whom she had heard about. This woman put herself in a position to receive a blessing from Jesus. How do you get in the way of a blessing? Search For Jesus There is no actual account of how she learned about Jesus or how hard she had to look for Him. We only know that she was a Gentile from that region. The significant point is that she went to Jesus. He could have been in a garden next door, but no miracle would have happened if she had not gone to him. Many times we fail to be diligent in our search for Him. Ask for a Miracle When she found Him, she boldly asked for mercy. She asked for the unbelievable – a miracle. Even when Jesus did not answer she continued to ask. Then, when Jesus stopped and answered her He told her He had come to the Jews not the Gentiles. (Remember Jesus came to his own first, then to the Gentiles). What harsh words these must have been to her ears. This mother was undaunted. She kept the faith. She continued to ask. Many times we fail to be diligent in our petitions to Him. Worship Jesus Even when her repeated attempts seemed to be failing, she continued. She fell at His feet, recognized Him as Lord and pled for mercy. Certainly she had faith or she would have never looked for Him. She had faith or she would not have asked. She had faith or she would not have worshipped. Many times we fail to be diligent in our worship of Him. Be Available for a Blessing Seeing her faith, Jesus was moved with compassion and spoke to her again. This time His words reveal that her daughter was cured. Why do we often pray and seek blessings from God, and at the same time tell ourselves it won’t happen? Why don’t we experience the miraculous power of prayer? Could it be because we do not position ourselves to receive the blessings of God? Allow me to use this rather simple example to explain. If you knew that on Monday morning at the Wal-Mart 20 miles from your home they would be dropping $100 bills from a helicopter and you could have all you could pick up, where would you be? Would you get up early and go to another Wal-Mart because it was closer and easier? No! You would be at the Wal-Mart where the helicopter was. Silly as it may sound; sometimes we are spiritually at the wrong Wal-Mart. We must position ourselves to receive the blessings of God. How do we do that? We diligently search for Him. We diligently pray. And, we diligently worship. When Christ sees our faith – He answers. ____________________ Sermon brief provided by: John Burke, Senior Consultant for Church Fund Raising Services with LifeWay Church Resources, Nashville, TN. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.