Session 6

The Girl Posessed By Demons

From Journey To Change

When the mother of a demon-possessed girl came to Jesus, she broke every rule of society. Jews like Jesus did not associate with non-Jews like this woman. For a non-Jewish woman to approach a Jewish man was as taboo as interracial marriage before the Civil Rights Movement. Clearly, this woman was desperate to petition Jesus for her daughter’s healing.

Even after Jesus said “no,” the woman was not disheartened and her faith was not hindered. She pressed on and Jesus healed her daughter. This woman received the change she desired for her daughter because her faith was tireless, even in the face of discouraging circumstances.

Faith is the precursor to change.

This woman’s courageous, persistent faith is the kind of faith God wants for us. If we want to see change in our own lives, we must have the faith to persevere. Faith is the precursor to change.


  • When was the last time you were so desperate to see Jesus move that you stopped caring what other people think? What stops you from having that kind of bold faith all the time?
  • How do you respond when God doesn’t answer prayers right away? What can you learn from the mother of the demon-possessed girl?
  • Is there anything that you hesitate to talk to God about? What’s holding you back? 

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