Women of the Word: the Canaanite Woman


The story of this woman from Canaan is mentioned twice in the New Testament in Matthew 15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30. Even though her name is never mentioned in the Bible, the Canaanite woman displayed an important characteristic that we all would be wise to develop.

1. The Canaanite Woman was persistent. She had a demon-possessed daughter that she wanted to be healed. She knew that Jesus had the power to heal her so she went to Him and put in her request. The disciples tried to get her to go away. They said to Jesus, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But the Canaanite woman would not hear of it. She continued to call, “Lord, help me!” She refused to take no for an answer.

When we are desperate for a miracle to take place, nothing and no one will keep us away from Jesus. If we really want to be healed, delivered, or blessed, we will consistently continue putting in our requests until God sees fit to answer us.

2. The Canaanite Woman displayed great faith. Faith is a characteristic that honors God, therefore when we have faith, God honors us. Even though her stricken daughter was probably miles away, the Canaanite woman had faith that Jesus could just say the word and she would be healed. She did not listen to the disciples. She did not listen to doubt. She only believed. And because of her believing faith, Jesus granted her request.

Like the Canaanite woman, we too must have great faith that with God, in God, and through God all things are possible. Do not just focus on your bad situation. Do not listen to the naysayers, the negatives, the faithless, or the unbelieving. Do not let others keep you back from the Lord. Believe big. Dream bigger. Have great faith that God can do anything and everything that you ask of Him.


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