ICE-BREAKER:  Tell about a time when you prayed, but felt like God wasn’t listening.  What did you do?

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:21-28

  1. What was so “great” about this mother’s faith in Matthew 15:28 that made it greater than Peter’s “little faith” in Matthew 14:31?
  2. This grieving mother “cried” unto Jesus and His disciples (Mt. 15:22-23).  Can you describe a situation that you actually wept tears over?
  3. How would you feel if the Lord called you a “dog”? (Mt. 15:26) Could you blame this woman if she had walked away after that remark?
  4. In what ways may our own children be “vexed” by Satan today? Have you ever had to deal with a child “vexed” by a devil?  How did you handle it?  What was the outcome?
  5. What are some effective “arguments” or reasons you can make before God to answer your prayers?
  6. This event is only thing Jesus did in the coasts of Tyre and Sidon (which was 50 miles away from where He was previously). Why would Jesus make this trip for only this one woman?

APPLICATION: The disciples tried to discourage this woman from coming to Jesus with her request. They tried to get rid of her. Has anyone ever tried to discourage you from prevailing in prayer? What did you do?

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