How To Approach Jesus In Prayer
I have always loved the account of the Canaanite Woman. In my humble opinion, it is one of the best examples of intercessory prayer. This woman comes to Jesus in her desperation, knowing full well as a Canaanite, a non-Jew, He may not even give her the time of day. And at first that is exactly what happens.
As the story continues, we see her persistence; she was not having any of Jesus' silence, nor was she put off by his seemingly rude remarks (if I can be so bold as to say Jesus was rude.). She continued to plead with Him in all humility for help from Him for her daughter.
Jesus recognizes her humility and her faith that Jesus is who He says He is for she calls Him "Lord, Son of David."
Sometimes in our prayer, whether it be for ourselves or others, we can become easily dejected and frustrated if we do not hear from God immediately or in the way we expect. However, sometimes I believe God wants to test our faith a bit; it is as if He were saying to us "How important is this to you, how badly do you want or need this, and do you trust me to answer according to my will for you in the way that is best for your salvation and that of those for whom you pray?" That is the faith of the Canaanite Woman; She is a beautiful example of how to approach Jesus in prayer~with humility and persistence, and always recognizing Him as Lord.