Although deep within she wanted a child, she didn’t want to be misled. Maybe somewhere in the past, her heart was broken over the fact she would never have a child. According to scripture, her husband is old, so she may have accepted the fact-she would never be a mother. She didn’t want to be heartbroken or her hopes raised again. Elisha prophesied a request deep within her heart, she is a mother. The child is dead, so she goes to find him. God gave this child to her, a blessing from him. However, at the moment, God doesn’t make sense, why would God take the child away? The situation is hopeless, death is finally. Nevertheless, she knows who spoke the truth and who walked with God. She doesn’t stop until she finds the prophet. Elisha sees her from a distance, so he calls his servant to find out what’s wrong with the woman. The servant comes to her, “Are you ok?” She responds, “Everything is all right.” Do you see the faith of her heart? She knows the moment she reaches the prophet; it’s going to be okay. As she reaches him, she takes hold of his feet. Deep within her soul, she knows he is the answer. He isn’t moving until he responds, she has his feet. However, look at what Elisha says, she is in bitter distress but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”
As she holds his feet, she pours her heart out to him. She is upset for giving this child to her and raising her hopes. Elisha sends his servant to her house but lay his staff on the child. The servant lives them to obey Elisha’s command but the woman stays with the prophet. As the servant arrives, he does what is requested but nothing happens. So, the servant runs back to Elisha to give the report. As Elisha reaches the house, the boy was lying dead on the couch. Elisha goes inside the room, closes the door and prayed to the Lord. Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eye to eyes, and hands to hands. As Elisha did this the body was warm but he wasn’t awake. Elisha walks back and forth in the room and does the same thing again; the boy sneezes seven times and opens his eyes.
Sometimes, we need to be stubborn with our requests; we need to hold onto the feet of Jesus until the answer comes. We can’t give up! Also, we can’t stop praying because it doesn’t happen the first time, we keep pressing in until God moves. Faith sees the promise fulfilled; it doesn’t stop until it’s complete. Whether God provides the miracle or the answer, we don’t back down. During the conversation, I shared this story with my friend who was asking how to pray? I responded, “If the request is really important to you, it doesn’t matter how many times you pray.” “Keep seeking God till it comes, that’s faith.” Be stubborn with your faith, don’t move until God moves you.