Lessons From Shunem: Persevere in prayers

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Luke 18:1 ((NET)

Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. (Read 2 Kings 4:27-37)

Have you ever prayed about something, prayed really earnestly and yet it didn’t seem to bulge?

Well if you have, you are in good company with prophets and patriarchs of old. However, today’s lesson teaches us how they eventually got the victory. Unanswered prayers seem to be the perfect recipe for discouragement. However, we don’t have to give in to discouragement or lose heart, there is a better way.

In the story of the Shunamite woman in 2 Kings 4, there came a time when the woman lost her child and came to the man of God in petition and supplication. Elisha, a man with the double portion of the spirit of Elijah, made to meet her request, which was to raise her son from the dead. First, he commanded Gehazi, his assistant, to take his staff and to lay it on the child’s face. Gehazi did as Elisha instructed him and guess what? Nothing happened. Bible puts it this way,

“The youngster has shown no sign of awakening” (vs 31c ISV). There was no sign. This sounded like a good point to give up and say; at least I tried, but not Elisha.

Next, Elisha came to the house. The boy was lying on Elisha’s bed and room. Elisha shut the door and prayed unto the Lord, then he went and stretched himself upon the child, and then the child’s body grew warm, but he was still not up. Next, after walking to and fro the house, Elisha came back to the boy and once again stretched himself upon the boy and this time the boy sneezed seven times and came back to life.

Nothing but discouragement happens when you give up, but true victory belongs to those who persevere in prayers, like Daniel (Daniel 10:1-15), like Elijah (1 Kings 18:42-43), Like Zacharias (Luke 1:1-13), like you. Don’t give up and don’t give in. Pray until answers come. Let us pray.

Prayer: Lord, help me never to give in the place of prayers. Help me to always have testimonies. Amen.

—Ikechukwu Mpama

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