by Dr. Ed Young

(Transcribed from actual tape) June 17, 1984 - 9:40 a.m.


II Kings 4:8-37

I invite you to open your Bibles if you would to Second Kings, the 4th Chapter.

Just hold it there for a moment as we bow for prayer together.

"Father, we come into Thy presence first of all confessing our own sins, our

own inadequacies, of how far short we've come to being what You would have us

to become.: And, Father, right now we turn from our sin and we look to Thee.

We pray that in this service You will deal with us, not only individually but

collectively as a body of Christ. Give, we pray, 0, Lord, a sense of u-rgency

to everything we do and say and think. You speak. Let me get out of the way

so that Thy Word and Thy holy and divine message might not only be heard, but

may it be received and understood and incorporated into our lifestyles. For

we make this prayer in the strong, holy name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and

our Lord. Amen."

Elisha, that man of God, was befriended by the Shunammite woman and her hus-

band. This couple had everything this world could desire. They were comfor-

table, they were affluent, they were at peace with the world. But they lacked

one thing and that was a son. Aw, when they were young they prayed for a son.

!4hen they wp-rp- in middle age they prayed for a son. And now as they were

older, perhaps they'd stopped praying. But Elisha knew of their great passion

and of their tremendous desire. And so he prayed. God heard his prayer. And

a boy was born into the family of the Shunammite woman and her husband. They


so loved Elisha that in their home they made a special room for the prophet

when he would pass through their area in his itinerant ministry. And the

room was called "the prophet' ...

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