Prayer an answer will obtain,
Though the Lord awhile delay;
None shall seek His face in vain,
None be empty sent away.
When the woman came from Tyre,
And for help to Jesus sought,
Though He granted her desire,
Yet at first He answered not.
Could she guess at His intent,
When He to His followers said:
“I to Israel’s sheep am sent;
Dogs must not have children’s bread”?
From His words she draws a plea:
“Though unworthy children’s bread,
Be it so; yet one like me
Surely may with crumbs be fed.”
Jesus then His mind revealed:
“Woman, canst thou thus believe?
I to thy petition yield;
All that thou wouldst have, receive.”
’Tis a pattern set for us,
If we truly wait and pray;
None who plead and wrestle thus,
Shall be empty sent away.