‘When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, ”Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, ”Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.” 2 kings 2:9(NLT)
What a response to a crucial question! So deep and effective! Elisha must have been a man who paid close attention to how his master works. He must have taken time to observe that the great works done through Elijah were aided by a spirit other than the natural, the spirit of the living God. He must also have been a very diligent man to have asked to become Elijah’s successor. A lazy person wouldn’t have asked for that.
Elisha had his request granted and he had a very successful ministry as a prophet of the most high God. He asked for the right things that helped him succeed in his ministry. It takes divine wisdom to ask for the exactly right endowments needed to succeed in ministry. The Holy Spirit does not reside in fools, he resides in the wise. And since we are children of God, we are wise because we fear the Lord. Thus, the Holy Spirit resides in us and we possess the divine wisdom needed to ask for the right things. It also takes a yielding heart to ask for the right things. If Elisha didn’t have a heart that yielded to the service and leading of the Almighty, he probably wouldn’t have replied Elijah the way he did. When one’s heart yields to the Lord, the Holy Spirit is given room to operate and facilitate the making of the right requests. As many of us as are involved in the service of the most high, we should pay attention to whatever the Lord asks us to do and rely on the Holy Spirit to help us pray and act right in obedience to what the master has commanded.
Asking for the right tools to work with helps a diligent builder do a more effective job of building, so also we asking for the right endowments through the help of the Holy Spirit will help us to fulfil purpose in an outstanding manner.
Remember, the Holy Spirit is the channel of divine wisdom that we need to pray right, let’s always rely on his guidance in prayer.