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Ask for a double portion



'Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.' 2 Kings 2:9 NIV

The Bible says: '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. "You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours - otherwise, it will not"' (2 Kings 2:9-10 NIV).

Some people interpret the 'double portion' as Elisha wanting twice as much of God's spirit as Elijah had. And they quote that Elisha went on to perform twice as many miracles as his mentor Elijah. Others argue that it was talking about the right of the firstborn: Deuteronomy 21 mentions that the firstborn son received a double inheritance. Elisha could have been asking Elijah to recognise him as a son. Either way, Elisha was asking for something spiritual, not worldly. Like Solomon asking for wisdom, Elisha was asking for something that could be used to help others rather than to advance himself.

What do we tend to ask God for? Do we generally bring a hoard of requests to him, listing off everything we want to have, or feel we need to have? Do we need to rather ask for more of his Spirit to be poured out on us?

Let's be like Elisha, daring to ask for more of God's Spirit - a double portion!

So what now? Dare to ask God for a double portion of his Spirit today. He longs to bless you and reveal more of himself to you.

Soulfood: Josh 1-4, John 14:1-14, Ps 118:10-18, Pro 28:1-4

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