I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of 2 Kings 4:32-35.
Today we are going to meditate on how God listens to His prophets and answers to their prayers. Shunammite woman was a wealthy, married woman. In order to honour, the Prophet Elisha, she set up a guest room acknowledging him as a true prophet and holy man of God. She often compelled him to eat food at her home. So it was, as often as he passed by that way he turned in there to eat some food.
Elisha in return wanted to show some favour to her. So he called for her through his servant Gehazi, she came and stood just before him by the door. Gehazi told Elisha, that she actually had no son and her husband was rather old so Elisha said to her, “About this time next year, you shall embrace a son” And just as he had said, the woman conceived and bore a son when the appointed time had come of which Elisha had told her. It is through the prayers of this prophet that she got a baby boy and he grew up as a lad. All of a sudden the boy developed a high temperature, and the boy passed away.
What the Shunammite woman did was amazing, She took the dead body of her son and placed it on the cot in the upper chamber which she had prepared for the prophet and even without telling her husband she ran to mount Carmel in search of Prophet Elisha. As soon as she conveyed this incident, Elisha gave a staff to his servant Gehazi, and directed him to lay it on the face of the child thinking that the child would wake up at once. But she was adamant. She refused to leave until Elisha agreed to accompany her. She knew that only the words of the prophet will perform a miracle. Halleluiah!
In the mean while Gehazi went ahead and laid the staff on the face of the child but there was neither voice nor hearing. Elisha entered the chamber where the dead body of the boy was laid on the cot and he shut the door behind the two of them. He stretched himself out on the child and looking up to heaven he prayed earnestly. When he lay over the child the flesh of the child became warm, The Child sneezed seven times and the child opened his eyes. Elisha called for the Shunammite woman and said “’pick up your son”’ She fell at his feet bowed to the ground and she picked up her son and went out cheerfully. God answered the prayer of the prophet and brought life into the boy. The Bible says, The effective fervent prayer of a righteous avails much. Elisha prayed earnestly and God heard his prayer. The Bible says, in 2 Chronicles 20:20, Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established. Believe his prophets and you shall prosper. So the Shunammite woman and her son prospered because she honoured the man of God the prophet.
God has anointed and appointed men of God, to pray for the children of God. I humbly would like to share this to make people understand the glory of God. God has been using me to bless multitudes. Whenever the problem goes beyond their control people approach me for prayer. When I pray for them to the Lord, He speaks words of prophecy through me by His word. They take hold of the word that proceeds out of my mouth and it turns out to be a blessing for them. I praise God and give all the glory to God alone. I pray and bless everyone who reads this message. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for appointing prophets who can pray for the people. May those with problems be able to approach these prophets to stand in the gap and intercede for them. Help them to be true and faithful while they prophesy. Bless both the prophets and those who are in need of prayer.