Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 2:1 – 14
The term “double portion” does not necessarily mean twice the spiritual power of Elijah; rather it refers to a father-son relationship, where the first born son receives twice the inheritance the other sons receive. In Deuteronomy 21:17, the Scripture says, “He is to give a double share of his possessions to his first son, even though he is not of his favourite wife. A man must acknowledge his first son and give him the share he is legally entitled to.” Our scriptural reference says that Elisha obtained the share of Elijah’s anointing before he was taken up to heaven. The double portion that rested upon Elisha is significant to our lives today as believers. As was on Elisha, the mantle of the ministry rests squarely on you either as a clergy or lay faithful. To be effective and bear much fruit in the vineyard of God, we need the double portion of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Today, the Holy Spirit desires to educate us on how we can get the power of God for effective ministry.
In verse 9 of our reference today, Elisha’s request for the double portion of Elijah’s anointing simply meant that he should be recognized as a perfect replacement for Elijah. Of course, he had been chosen by God for that position (1 Kings 19:16). As mandated by law (Deut. 21:17), it was customary for first born sons to receive a double portion of their father’s estate; and since Elisha called Elijah father (Verse 12) he was entitled to his double portion. His prayer was that the spirit which gave life to Elijah’s ministry should also envelop his ministry in a more supernatural way. What kind of spiritual anointing was he asking for?
- Spirit of Faith: Elijah learned to trust in the presence and power of God in the world. He acknowledged the fact that God was absolutely in control of all situations and therefore walked by faith.
- Spirit of Obedience: Even when God’s command on Elijah seemed unrealistic or made no sense to him, he obeyed to the letter.
- Spirit of Courage: His faith in God and obedience to him combined to make him very courageous and this enabled him stand up for God when others would chicken out. So Elisha was attracted to these spiritual qualities and prayed to earn them as his inheritance.
Though Elisha made these requests to Elijah, but only God could raise prophets and endow them with spiritual powers needed for a fruitful ministry. But the condition which Elijah gave to Elisha was, “If you tarry to the end, you shall have the double anointing.” Beloved in Christ, sometimes believers and even denominations operate based on human wisdom and power. As such, not much is realized spiritually. A. W. Tozer says, “Without the ministry of the Holy Spirit 90% of what the early church did would have ceased.” Like Elisha, every believer must go to the Lord for spiritual empowerment especially these days, fraught with abuses and falsehood. St. Paul says, “Do not be drunk with wine, which will ruin you, instead be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph. 5:8) As we prepare to start a three-day fasting from Wednesday 27th let us go before the Lord and request for influx of His power and glory so that we can bear much fruit.
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- O Lord, God of power and might, I humbly ask for Your power so that I can work for You with faith, obedience and courage.
- Lord God of mercy, grant the church Your Spirit so that Your Priests/Pastors can be drunk of Your Spirit and not the wine of the world.
- Pray for all Users of Daily Strength for humility and perseverance.
Exercise: Take the Prayer of Daily Consecration to God for the next three days.
Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:8.