August 9, 2018
2 Kings 2:9..And it came to pass when they were gone over; that Elijah said unto Elisha, ASK what I shall do for thee before I am taken away from thee. And Elisha said I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
The Bible is full of examples of how God encourages us to ask whatever we want and that it shall be given to us. We have the promise that when you ask you will receive, and when you seek you will find and when you knock, the door shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). We saw earlier in the previous scriptures cited the days before that God in a dream told Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted, and what he asked from God was granted him. The same is true of the story of Elisha and Elijah. Elijah was to be taken from Elisha and he said unto Elisha, ASK what I shall do for thee.
The response of Elisha was fascinating in that he asked for the double portion of his spirit to fall on him. This prophet in training was ready to do the work of God in a greater dimension than his master. Though Elijah said it was a hard thing for him to do, nevertheless he said: “if you see me when I am taken from you it shall be so”. So it was, Elisha received the double portion of the spirit upon Elijah and the Bible recorded that Elisha performed double the miracles that Elijah did.
What lesson can we learn from this episode? The first is that we should put more emphasis on prayer. Prayer is bringing your desire or your need to God. When you ask God for what you need in prayer it shall be granted you. You must come to him NOT DOUBTING but believing that what you have asked you will receive. James 1:6-7 “But let him ask in faith nothing wavering, for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the LORD”
The confidence that Elisha had in asking made him to request for a double portion of his master’s spirit. The second lesson is that we should not underestimate or limit what we can ask from God. If a double portion anointing was granted Elisha, why should I not ask for the anointing that triples that of Elisha? After all, we are vessels of God, and if God pours so much of himself to us, we will be able to impart our world and make the world a better place to live.
It is good to note that the lives that these men lived is a sacrificial life. I cannot pinpoint a man or woman of God that is living like that today. When Elisha was called, he told Elijah to give him time to prepare himself before following him. Of course what he did was to get rid of all his oxen (twelve of them) slayed them, boiled them and gave them unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him (1 kings 19:21). He never went back to see father, mother or any relative. He was not after things of the world, as his encounter with Na-a-man the leper (captain of the Syrian army) confirmed this. The man got healed by God through Elisha’s intervention but when he offered gift unto him he refused it (2 kings 5). He went from city to city doing the work of God while people opened their doors unto him to dwell in. ( 2 kings 4). Elijah too lived such a life, Ravens took care of him, widow woman of Zarephath housed him. Do we have such dedicated servants of God like these men any more? Are we not more of what we can get from what we do today? That is the reason why when they prayed they received answers instantly. The double portion anointing upon Elisha did not come easily, he had to follow his master from Gil-gal, to Beth-el, to Jericho, to Jordan, though Elijah discouraged him from following him, but he kept on going until he saw him when he was eventually taken away.
I know that God is ready to pour Himself unto us if we can deny self by crucifying our flesh and allow him to meet us at the point of our needs. Our focus should be more on how we can better be of service to him. These days I am seeing children, or rather those we consider as babies, preaching the word of God, reciting scriptures, singing songs and displaying different talents from God better than adults. What can God not do? He can use any one available to display His glory, and that is why He is manifesting himself in different ways and warning us, the adults to see the signs of his coming and change our ways. If we change from our our evil ways and be more Christ-centered, our prayers will receive answers instantaneously. May the LORD give us more understanding in the things of God in Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer: LORD pour yourself unto me so that I can live a life that is pleasing unto you. Forgive me all my sins and help me to better serve you in Jesus Name. Amen.