When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what l may do for you, before l am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 2 Kings 2:9
Looking at the life of Elisha, there is no doubt that he faithfully served Elijah while with him. He stayed with his master even unto the end.
Elijah, just like Enoch (Genesis 5: 24), did not die the natural death. He was taken up to heaven. The day he was to be taken up, Elisha, his servant was with him. Elisha knew the time was at hand for his master to go. The company of Prophets who were in Bethel and Jericho also knew about Elijah going to heaven.
As for him, Elijah knew how painful their parting would be between him and his servant, Elijah, so he (Elijah) tried so hard to dissuade Elisha from following him but Elisha made it known that no matter where his master goes to, he too will go. And that’s what he did. He followed his master despite the other one’s fruitless effort.
The time came, and Elijah could no longer hide his feeling, thus he asked Elisha “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you?”
At least his master had affirmed his departure. There is nothing Elisha can do to stop that from happening. He loved his master but he understood the situation.
So astonishing what Elisha asked for from his master; “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” Is that not encouraging!
If Elisha was like greedy-Gehazi, who will later on be his servant (2 Kings 5:19-27), I bet he (Elisha) would have asked for all the property of Elijah. Rather, he asked for the simplest of all.
To Elijah, that was no for him to determine as he replied “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as l am taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not” 2 Kings 2:10
And it came to past that Elisha saw his master taken up and indeed, his request was granted! What a lucky man of God!
Elisha’s case is similar to that of King Solomon; (1 Kings 3:9-14). To rule the people of God, King Solomon knew he need more than riches and wealth. While in prayer to God, he asked for wisdom and understanding mind to be able to govern the Israelites properly and efficiently. And God answered his request.
Take a deep thought into the lives of these two men; they understanding the power behind requesting for something from God!
You must learn from them. When you are before God and you are making your request, I implore you to be very clear and concise. Do not just be so selfish about just getting your need only from God and then turning your back on Him. Instead, ask with a sincere heart.
Show to God that you are for Him and not just for yourself. Elisha did not ask for double share of Elijah’s spirit to use for himself. Rather he requested for that to govern God’s own people. It is the same with King Solomon. These men knew they cannot do it alone. They asked God to give them what they will use to serve God and not what they will use for themselves.
As for you; have you been asking God only how you will succeed in your life without asking how to help God’s Kingdom?
Are you just there for yourself or you are for God? Maybe it is high time you checked your life to see how far you are with God.
Maybe you have the God-given gift in you that you just dump somewhere while satisfying the gravities of your heart. Then you need to make a rethink. Ask wisely from God and do not make a fool of yourself when making your request from God.
Note; God cares so much about you and He will do whatever it takes to make you understand that he will forever loves you.