Throughout the life of Elisha, we see that many of the miracles he performed are almost identical to Jesus’ miracles. In 2 Kings 4:8-37, Elisha performs one of these similar miracles in the healing of Shunammmite woman’s son. When Elisha first encounters the woman he is so overwhelmed by her kindness and hospitality that he decides to reward her with what he thought she wanted most, a child. God gives the woman a child, but years later the son dies and the woman asks for Elisha’s help in bringing him back to life. There are two things interesting about this passage. The first is the ridiculous way Elisha attempts to resurrect the son by laying on top of him mouth-to-mouth, eyes-to-eyes, and hands-to-hands. The second is the fact Elisha’s efforts to resurrect the son were not successful the first time.
How many times have you found yourself in Elisha’s position? You are asking God to do something and know He can do it, but it doesn’t happen the first time you ask. It may take days, months, or even years. Don’t give up when you aren’t successful the first time. Keep praying. Keep seeking God. He will answer your prayer in the way and time that is best for you. Don’t lose heart and keep praying. What’s one thing you have been asking God for but He has yet to answer? What can you do to ensure you don’t give up in asking and seeking God through prayer for this thing?