"Almighty ever-living God, look with compassion on our weakness, and ensure us your protection, by stretching forth the right hand of your majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever."
The Syrophoenician woman talks back to Jesus. In Mark 7:24-30 we see her look to help her little girl, and Jesus calls her a dog. Then she responds with a witty retort that "even the dogs under the table feed from the children's bread." (v.28) She talks back to Jesus after He says no. Even if Jesus is being sarcastic in His insult, which some scholars maintain, it still takes boldness to respond the way she did. In verse 26, she is said to have "kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter." She was persistent, she was honest, and she didn't care that she might look bad as a Gentile begging for help from a Jew. When we have a problem, sometimes we feel as if God needs us to be polite with him, like He can't handle our weakness. The Syrophoenician woman was bold, persistent, and unapologetically honest with Jesus, and He granted her request. God loves us boldly, and he isn't afraid of our problems. He wants us to be honest with Him in our prayers. Lent is an opportunity for us to bring our weakness to God and ask for His help and compassion.
He will make us aware of our weakness in this season, and expects honesty from us. He is more than willing to grant our requests, and He isn't offended by our honesty.
Prayer points // Say something you normally wouldn't say to God, ask Him to reveal a place in which you haven't been honest with Him.
Scripture Meditation // Psalm 51; Mark 7:24-30