2 Kings 4:33 He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD.
Elisha was a man of great faith, and gifted by God to do miracles just as Elijah his predecessor had done. Here, in the context of Elisha’s first recorded prayer (2 Kings 4:33), a Shunamite woman’s son had died; and the woman, being a friend of Elisha, and knowing that he was a great man of God, ran to get him so that he could raise her son. But interestingly, he didn’t at once rush off to raise the lad; instead, he gave his servant Gehazi his staff and told him to go to the lad and lay the staff on the lad’s face. Well, Gehazi did what Elisha instructed him to do, but then returned to Elisha and said, “The child has not awakened.”
Of course not! How could a staff raise anyone from the dead? Some commentators say that Elisha did not actually think that his staff could raise the child. But he sent his servant out to attempt it in order to teach him and the Shunamite woman, and any others watching that the power to do miracles does not come magically by any staff, but by the power of God through prayer.
Well, as it happened, soon after Gehazi attempted to raise the child (and failed), Elisha came, and went into the room where the lad was, and he “prayed to the Lord.” The things that Elisha did next—laying himself on the child, putting his mouth on the child’s mouth, and his eyes on the child’s eyes, and his hands on the child’s hands—I take it that he did them in direct obedience to God, as He spoke to him and instructed him in his prayer. And so it happed that the flesh of the child became warm. Then, after Elisha walked back and forth in the house (he probably prayed as he walked), God spoke to him again and told him to stretch himself on the child once more; and this time the lad sneezed seven times and he opened his eyes.
Holy Father, Help us as we pray. Give us faith to believe you And persistence when we pray for impossible things.