The Promise May Be Long Delayed…
“Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, ‘Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.’” (Matthew 15:23 NIV)
God often delays the answer to prayer for wise reasons. The case of the Syrophenician woman will occur to you all. How anxiously she cried, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!...” But “Jesus did not answer a word.” Again and again she prayed and got no gracious answer. Her faith grows stronger by every refusal. She cried, she followed, she kneeled to Him, till Jesus could refuse no longer. “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” Dear praying people, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” [Colossians 4:2 KJV]. Do not be silenced by one refusal. Jesus invites importunity by delaying to answer. Ask, seek, knock. “The promise may be long delayed but cannot come too late…” The praying souls beneath the altar, in Revelation 6:9-11 seem to show the same truth, that the answer to a believer’s prayers may, in the … wisdom of God, be delayed for a little season.
-R.M. McCheyne (excerpted and adapted from the devotional book When You Call upon the Lord, edited and compiled by Charles A. Cook)
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
Read Matthew 15:21-28.