“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?’ Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” ” (2 Kings 2:9).
Elisha could have asked for anything . . . riches, honor, influence – but his greatest craving was a double portion of the Spirit.
When Solomon was also asked by God Himself, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5), Solomon replied, “You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:7-9)
Both men asked for the Holy Spirit, which provides wisdom, understanding, and discernment to make good decisions.
Had you been asked this question, what would you have answered? What is the greatest desire of your heart?
Is it worldly success? Is it relationships? Is it influence?
Let’s stop striving for what only brings temporary pleasure – let’s ask for a double portion of the Holy Spirit. Let’s seek an understanding heart, so that we can discern between right and wrong. Let’s crave a closer walk with Jesus.
“For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor 4:18).
Father God, it’s tempting to think that if we only had —-, we would be happy. But help us to realize that the greatest blessing is Your presence. Help us to desire You first and foremost. Amen.