My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of 2 Kings 4:32-35, “When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. He went in, shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
In this passage we come to understand that the 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 constrained him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by that way he used to be taken care in a good manner.
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.
Mean while Gehazi went ahead and laid the staff on the face of the child but there was neither any 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 prayedearnestly. 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 honored the man of God the prophet
My dear brothers and sisters, God has anointed and appointed men of God, to pray for the children of God. Whenever the problem goes beyond their control people approach me for prayer. When I pray the Lord 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 for His mercies and glorify His name. Surely God will be with you in your difficult times. Do not be worried.
God bless you.
Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for appointing prophets who can pray for the people. I humble myself and thank you for using me for Your glory and helping me to be a channel of blessing to the brokenhearted. Bless everyone who have meditated your word today. Be with them and prosper them. In Jesus name we pray,