Elisha’s Intervention for the Shunammite
As described in the account of Elijah and the widow women a similar and equally unusual account of a child being brought back to life is written concerning Elisha the prophet and a Shunammite lady he had befriended. Elisha, as did Elijah, stretched himself over the child two different times. The first time he did this the child became warm. After that Elisha got up and walked around the house and then went back and stretched himself over the child again. It was then, after the boy had sneezed seven times, that he opened his eyes. A person has to ask themself, “Was there some significance in the fact that the child sneezed seven times?”
Elijah prayed three times before the child came back to life and Elisha prayed two times before the child came back to life. Both men taught us persistence in prayer.
“And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.” (II Kings 4:32-37)