A Bold Request | 2 Kings 2:9
2 Kings 2:9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.
Think teacher—student, coach—player, mentor—mentee. That was the relationship between the two prophets. Elisha was privileged to serve and learn from the great prophet, Elijah. But then God scheduled a day to take Elijah to heaven—one of the few who went directly to heaven without passing through death.
Before the chariots of fire came to take Elijah away, the teacher asked his student, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” Elisha’s response is one of the most bold and instructive requests in the Bible. Speaking to the powerful prophet, Elisha said, “I want twice as much strength and power as you have.” I want a “double portion of your spirit.” And God granted the request.
When Jesus was taken into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit. And when we trust in Jesus, the Spirit makes His home in our heart. And be assured the moment that we believe, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit in full. But how bold would it be to make a request like Elisha’s? Let’s try it. Ready? Let’s pray…
Lord Jesus, I know that Your Spirit lives within me in His fullness. But today I pray that You will help me to experience His presence like never before. Today I pray that You will help me experience twice as much strength and peace and resurrection power. Give me a “double portion” of all I need to do what you have called me to do.